Standing, from left, are Zach Tranter, Alexandra Haley, Eddie Graham, Rich Grimolizzi, Marianne Zobray; seated, Doug Deutsch, Doug Ritchie, Dave Buckley , Wayne Pearson, Jim Fozard, John Lucek, Jim Moore, Bob Sann and Dan Fox. Not pictured Dominic Spera.
TARPON SPRINGS - Debut performance of the Tarpon Springs Rhythm Kings is Saturday, April 27, noon, in front of the Tarpon Springs Library, 138 Lemon St.
The performance is part of the city's Open House Festival. All events are free.
The Rhythm Kings, under the direction of internationally known arranger/composer Dan Fox, is a 12 -piece band plus two vocalists, who perform the great jazz and dance music from the 1920s and early 1930s, including Fox’s transcriptions and arrangements of original jazz records by Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton and other legendary musicians and orchestras of that era.
The April 27 show is their first public appearance the band was created last fall from community musicians and singers. Bring a chair, admission is free and dancing is encouraged.
The Rhythm Kings will also perform at a dance and concert on Friday, June 14 at the Heritage Museum at 7 p.m. Admission is $10. Free dance lesson in Fox Trot and Charleston is scheduled from 6 to 7 p.m.
Dan Fox and the Rhythm Kings, which is made up all experienced local musicians and singers, worked together with the city of Tarpon Springs Cultural Services Department to create this joint project which aims to preserve and promote authentic American jazz and dance music of the 1920s and 30s and share it with audiences of all ages.
Band leader Dan Fox
It’s likely that Dan Fox has written and sold more popular music books than any other author in recent times. His Reader’s Digest songbooks (17 in all) have sold more than 10 million copies. The total approaches 20 million when you include his bestselling John Denver Songbook and Compleat Beatles (in collaboration with Milt Okun), as well as songbooks for Kenny Rogers; Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young; Peter Paul and Mary, Led Zeppelin and dozens of other stars of rock, folk, and country.
Fox has also written many instruction books for guitar, banjo and mandolin, as well as Write It Right, a guide for music arrangers and copyists; The Rhythm Bible, with more than 1,000 exercises for rock and jazz musicians; and many more. He has published arrangements and original compositions ranging from simple harmonica solos to complete works for concert bands.
As a performer, Fox spent many years playing jazz on the road as a young performer and later in clubs, such as the famous Eddie Condon’s and the Red Blazer in New York City. He can be heard as a “side man” on many jazz recording from the 1950s and 1960s. Dan holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in composition from the Manhattan School of Music. His opera The Legend of Buddy Bolden, a three-act opera based on the life of that jazz pioneer, was completed in 2012.