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Knock the dust off those dancing shoes

This weekend, musicians will look back from old time rock to a Satchmo tribute.


© St. Petersburg Times, published May 26, 2000

A music-filled weekend of high-energy dance tunes tonight and a tribute to Louis Armstrong on Saturday is the entertainment offering at Rock Crusher Canyon Garden Pavilion.

Tonight's band, The Daily News, is a high-energy group which plays lots of danceable old-time rock and roll songs and other dance tunes. The Daily News appears regularly at Orlando's Church Street Station entertainment complex. The pavilion restaurant and bar opens at 5 p.m., music is from 7 to 10. Admission is $8.

On Saturday, Bill White, also a Church Street Station performer, returns with his "Satchmo Lives" show.

White is a performer at Rosie O'Grady's Church Street Station in Orlando. He will be accompanied by a five-piece band. His show, The Baron of Bourbon, is a Satchmo tribute.

White usually appears with a band that closely matches the Hot Five lineup that Louis Armstrong had. Most of White's musicians have been with him more than 20 years, he said.

Armstrong's Hot Five and Hot Seven bands are considered by many critics as having made the finest recordings in early jazz music. The band, which started recording in 1925, was made up of musicians from Armstrong's mentor, King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band. Among the songs was Heebie Jeebies, one of the first recorded scat songs. Armstrong would later develop scat singing as his signature style.

In concert, White assumes the character of the legendary Satchmo. This includes waving a white hankie to stir up the crowd and singing lots of scat in impressive jazz lines. His horn solos have a remarkable similarity to Satchmo's.

White was introduced as a boy to Armstrong by his father, but said he never played music with him.

White's versions of Armstrong's What A Wonderful World captures perfectly the breathless enthusiasm of the original.

The show will also include other great swing music from Count Basie and Duke Ellington.

Rock Crusher Canyon Garden Pavilion is at 275 S Rock Crusher Road, Crystal River. Cover charge is $8 on Saturday and the restaurant and bar opens at 5 p.m., with music from 7 to 10. Call 795-1313.

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