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March 10, 2013

Band will ‘Go For Broke’ in Richland performance

JOHNSTOWN — Old-fashioned jazz will help with new-fashioned theater.

The Recessionals Jazz Band will bring its Go For Broke Tour to the area at 7 p.m. March 23 at Richland Performing Arts Center, One Academic Ave., Richland Township.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Richland Theater Boosters.

The band plays traditional jazz, Dixieland, swing and second line music from the 1920s and 1930s. In brass band parades in New Orleans, those who follow the band just to enjoy the music are called the second line.

The second line’s style of traditional dance, in which participants walk and sometimes twirl a parasol or handkerchief in the air, is called “second lining.”

The Recessionals Jazz Band had its birth on the streets of New York City, where members met while studying at New York University.

“We were all in jazz studies,” said Martin Isenberg, bassist for the group. “We were master students and studied traditional jazz from the 1910s to 1930s.”

Isenberg said there has been a resurgence of this type of music in the past 10 years, with a subculture of players in New York City.

“We played Washington Square Park every day in the summer,” Isenberg said. “We got an incredible response. With this type of music, everyone loves it.”

All of the band members are freelance musicians in addition to playing with the band.

Touring is a bit new to the group, but they’re having fun spreading around their enjoyment for their music.

“A twist to this style of performing is we want to do it authentically because we’ve studied it, but we since we grew up in the ’80s and ’90s, we want to take an old concept and explore it with modern music.”

In addition to Isenberg, band members are Jason Prover on trumpet, Brad Gunson on trombone, Rob Jacoby on clarinet, Greg Englar on banjo and Alex Raderman on drums and tambourine.

All members take a turn at lending their voices to the vocals.

They count as their influences Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Sidney Bechet, Benny Goodman and Count Basie.

The group’s repertoire includes New Orleans standards, gospel, spirituals and early New York City/Tin Pan Alley standards.

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