Skip Parsons' Riverboat Jazz Band

 

by Cliff Lamere, a fan

27 Nov 2004, last revision 19 Dec 2011

 

 

 

 

 

This webpage was made for my friends in the Skip Parsons' Riverboat Jazz Band.

This terrific 7-piece dixieland/traditional jazz group has been performing monthly at the 

Fountain Restaurant in Albany, NY since 1971.  They perform their toe-tapping music from 

10 p.m. to 1 a.m. every second weekend of the month (the second Saturday and the Friday night before).

 

  

 

Skip Parsons founded the Skip Parsons' Riverboat Jazz Band in 1956.

The photo shows him with his clarinet and soprano saxophone.  

 

 

 

Schedule of the 7-piece Skip Parsons' Riverboat Jazz Band at the Fountain Restaurant

    They always play 10pm-1am the second Saturday of the month plus the Friday night before.

    For more information and other venues, visit Skip's official calendar on his new website.

 

 

 

 

For some gigs, Skip uses smaller groups.  Not all of the players are the same as those in the full group which performs at the Fountain Restaurant.  

 

Clarinet Marmalade - this term is used to mean a group other than the full Riverboat Jazz Band

  Examples:

Skip Parsons’ Clarinet Marmalade Trio (usually clarinet, banjo, tuba)
Skip Parsons’ Clarinet Marmalade Swing Trio

Skip Parsons’ Clarinet Marmalade Swing Quartet
Skip Parsons’ Clarinet Marmalade Swing Quintet

Visit Skip's website if you would like to hire the full band or one of his smaller groups.

 

 

 

 

PHOTOS of the whole band

 

WEBPAGE

COMMENTS

    Skip Parsons' Riverboat Jazz Band 

 

    Skip Parsons' Riverboat Jazz Band 2 

 

    Skip Parsons' Riverboat Jazz Band 3

 

    Skip Parsons' Riverboat Jazz Band 4

 

    Skip Parsons' Riverboat Jazz Band 5

 

    Mardi Gras 1    

 

    Mardi Gras 2   

 

    Historical Photos

 

 

 

PHOTOS and BIOGRAPHIES of recent band members, including alternates 

(alphabetical by last name)

 

    PHOTO WEBPAGES

    (in order by last name)

   BIOGRAPHIES

        COMMENTS

    Arvid Allen

 

 

    Ernie Belanger 

Bio & Discography

 

    Ernie Belanger  in FL 1

 

 

    Ernie Belanger  in FL 2

 

 

    Ernie Belanger  in FL 2010

 

 

    Ernie Belanger at Saratoga Nat Cem

 

 Saratoga National Cemetery

    Ernie Belanger   youngster

 

 

    Mike Benedict

 

 His new website

    Ron Bill 

Bio

 

    Mike Canonico

 

 

    Dino Cimino

 

 

    Tim Coakley    

Bio

 

    Rennie Crain

Bio & Discography

 

    Tom D'Andrea 

Bio & Discography

 

    Rich Downs 

Bio

 

    Rich Downs 2

 

 

    Forrest Gabriels

 

 

    Forrest Gabriels 2

 

 

    Forrest Gabriels, MD

 

 

    Ron Joseph

 

 

    Eddy Kebabjian 

Bio & Discography

 

    Paul Mastriani

 

 

    Bernie Mulleda

 

 

    Sam Ponder

 

 

    Sam Ponder 2

 

 

    Skip Parsons

Bio

  Bio is on Skip's website

    Skip Parsons 2

 

  

    SkipP & TimC

 

 

    Skip & Don & Forrest

 

 

    Skip Parsons & Fans

 

 

    Skip Parsons article

 

 Times Union feature

    Mo Rancourt 

Bio

 

    Mo Rancourt Quintet  - part 1

 

  

    Mo Rancourt Quintet  - part 2

 

 

    Mo Rancourt Quintet - videos

 

 

    Rich Skrika

Bio

 Bio contains early photo.

    Rich Skrika 2

 

 

    Johnathan "Johnny Peppers" Steenstra

 

 Jazz musician

    Johnathan "Johhny Peppers" Steenstra

 

 bass saxophone

    Johnathan "Johnny Peppers" Steenstra

 

 bass saxophone #2

    Johnathan "Johnny Peppers" Steenstra

 

 soprano sax

    Johnathan "Johnny Peppers" Steenstra

 

 contrabass sax  

    Johnathan "Johnny Peppers" Steenstra

 

 contrabass sax #2

    Johnathan "Johnny Peppers" Steenstra

 

 with Clarinet Marmalade  

    Woody Strobeck

Bio

 

    Tom Wetmore 

Bio & Discography

 

 

 

Miscellaneous Photos

 

                  PHOTOS of Clarinet Marmalade Groups

    Clarinet Marmalade Trio at Funeral  

    Clarinet Marmalade Trio at Normanside Country Club   

 

                    PHOTOS of Past Band Members

    Carl Lunsford

 

                PHOTOS of Guest Musicians I Have Seen

    Jerry Gordon at the Fountain Restaurant 

    Jerry Gordon at Elks Club, Clifton Park, NY  

    Oakley Frost at the Fountain Restaurant

    Don Arnold at the Fountain Restaurant

                      PHOTOS of Riverboat Jazz Band Fans

    Fans    

 

 

 

     LIST OF ALL KNOWN MUSICIANS who played with the Riverboat Six and the Skip Parsons' Riverboat Jazz Band since 1956  - includes links to online photos and bios, plus over 30 obituaries.  The list contains information about more than 160 musicians.

 

 

 

 

 

Hear the sound of Skip Parsons & his Clarinet Marmalade Swing Quartet

 

  "Squeeze Me" - a Fats Waller tune  (3:52)  Size:  3.62 Mb.  Dec 16, 2010.  

Skip Parsons (clarinet), Rennie Crain (piano), Ernie Belanger (electric bass), Tim Coakley (drums)

 

 

 

MUSIC FOR SALE

 

Skip Parsons  - 2 CDs (click on the CD icons)

  Skip Parsons' Riverboat Dixieland Jazz Band   (CD).  Featuring Skip Parsons (clarinet, soprano sax & vocals). 

            With Ed Hubble (trombone & alto horn), Paul Monat (cornet & a vocal), Ernie Belanger (tuba & bass),

            Rennie Crain (piano), Tom D'Andrea (drums), Ed Kebabjian (banjo, guitar, and a vocal).
  Skip Parsons' Clarinet Marmalade Trio (CD).  Skip Parsons' Clarinet Marmalade Trio featuring Skip Parson

on clarinet & soprano sax.  With Ernie Belanger (tuba & bass), Don LaVoie (banjo), 

Ed Kebabjian (banjo), and Dick Hunsberger (tuba).  Only three musicians play on each cut.

 

Eddy Kebabjian  - 2 CDs

  By the Sea - The Jazz Banjos of Steve Caddick & Eddy Kebabjian (CD).

  Old Cape Cod - The Jazz Banjos of Steve Caddick & Eddy Kebabjian (CD).

 

Other band members appear on CDs as part of a group.  See their individual or biographical webpage for more information.  Click on the CD icon following a CD title to get more information about the CD. 

 

 

FORMERLY RECORDED, BUT NO LONGER AVAILABLE

 

  Skip Parsons: Joe 'n' Me (audio tape).  Skip Parsons on clarinet & soprano sax.  With Joe Slovak on clarinet,

                    Ernie Belanger on tuba & bass, Tom D'Andrea on drums, and Paul Mastriani on piano.  

 

 

 

Members of the 7-piece Riverboat Jazz Band I saw in 2006

Skip Parsons - clarinet / soprano sax / vocals / leader

Ron Joseph - clarinet

Mo Rancourt - cornet / trumpet / Satchmo vocals

Sam Ponder - trumpet

Woody Strobeck - trombone

Eddy Kebabjian - banjo / vocals

Ron Bill - guitar, banjo

Bernie Mulleda - guitar  

Arvid Allen - keyboard

Rich Skrika - keyboard

Ernie Belanger - tuba / sousaphone / electric bass / vocals

Rich Downs - acoustic bass, cornet

Tom Wetmore - acoustic bass

Tom D'Andrea - drums

Tim Coakley - drums

Mike Benedict - drums

Forrest Gabriels - drums

 

Additional members seen after 2006

Giampaolo Biagi

Mike Canonico - cornet  (2010-2011)

Dino Cimino  - electric bass  (2007)

Rennie Crain - keyboard  (2011)

Crick Diefendorf (2011)

Joe Hetko - guitar  (2010)

Paul Mastriani  (2010)

Ken Olsen  (2012)

Johnathan Steenstra - bass & soprano sax  (2009-2012)

 

Members I saw at the Fountain Restaurant in earlier years

Paul Monat - tuba (well-known cornetist)

Tom Scannell - cornet

Ed Hubble - trombone

 

Guests at the Fountain Restaurant have included:

Jerry Gordon, washboard  (Feb 10, 2006 & Sep 8, 2006)

Oakley Frost, electric stick bass  (Nov 13, 2004)

Don Arnold, trumpet  (Dec 10, 2010)

 

 

 

MY OTHER JAZZ WEBPAGES

 

Ernie Belanger, Sr.

Ernie Belanger, Sr., - Part 2

 

Burial Places of Jazz and Other Musicians 

     Includes photos of most gravestones and some signatures. 

 

Tom Wickman - a fan's 80 birthday celebration  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read a biography of Skip Parsons.

View Skip's website.

 

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