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April 28, 2019

As we know, Las Vegas has the greatest musicians in the world.  Today we honored a special group, the “sidemen,” those professional musicians who backed some of the greatest names in entertainment in the 50-70’s (some are still playing today).  Many of them are also members of the Las Vegas Jazz Society.

The UNLV Honors Trio (Patrick Hogan, Ruben Van Gundy, and Michael Hoffman) performed as the crowds poured in.  And pour they did.  By the time Lorraine Hunt-Bono opened with “Those Were the Days,’ it was standing room only.

Pete Barbutti (why doesn’t he ever age?) was expectedly hilarious as our host.  The audience was treated to Curt Miller and the Boneheads, recollections, and Carl Saunders (musical director).

Our guests who came from far and wide were enthralled at the stories of the “old days,” and the jazz.  Of course.

For those that put this together, thank you.  For that that attended, thank you.

If you enjoyed yourself (and we know you did), please consider donating to the first-ever LVJS Jazz Camp to be held in July and/or the scholarships to be awarded to high school and college/university students in June.