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Live at the Nugget

by The New Reformation Band

Traditional 7-piece classic hot jazz encompassing Dixieland, ragtime, blues, big band, swing, and more!
Genre: Jazz: Dixieland
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1. Announcer Introduction (Live)
0:10 album only
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2. Alexander's Ragtime Band (Live)
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3. The Lithuanian Connection (Live)
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4. It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing (Live)
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5. Otisville Funeral and Pizza Parlor (Live)
0:56 album only
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6. St. James Infirmary (Live)
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7. Hippity Hop Chat and Attractive Lady (Live)
1:55 album only
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8. Slide Frog Slide (Live)
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9. Shi-Nay Intro (Live)
0:46 album only
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10. Shine (Live)
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11. Self-Invite to Sacramento Jazz Festival (Live)
1:57 album only
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12. I Would Do Most Anything for You (Live)
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13. Here All Weekend and Band Intro (Live)
2:42 album only
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14. Down in Jungletown (Live)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Live at the Nugget Jazz CD

The Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks (Reno), Nevada has supported great music since it was called John Ascuaga’s. Its Celebrity Showroom is still the venue of choice for, well, celebrities.

Speaking of celebrities, the New Reformation Band (NRB) celebrates anything. Dave Oppermann, bandleader/humorist, pokes fun mostly at himself while linking NRB’s joyous yet subtly notorious sets of jazz, Dixieland, big band, and swing. He is the catalyst for the fine music and great fun that blend boisterously at NRB events and recordings.

July 5th, 1986
The Nugget, its Celebrity Showroom, and the NRB came together for a historic collaboration of OKOM (Our Kind of Music). In the mid to late 80s, a global hot jazz revival was in full swing and the NRB traveled to its epicenter, the west coast of America. It appeared Memorial Day weekend at the Sacramento Jazz Festival, which claimed to be the “world’s largest” with over 100 national and international groups.

In nearby Nevada, a new festival began at The Nugget. Noted trumpeter Mike Vax, formerly with Stan Kenton and the Dukes of Dixieland, produced it. Vax selected ten nationally famous bands he believed were strong musically, excellent entertainers, and good fits for a casino atmosphere. The NRB was among the select invitees. (Yes, we’re very proud he selected us. And no, rumors of payola are false! We deny everything.)

Backstage. Celebrity Showroom — 7 musicians tuned their instruments, reviewed the set list, and in general loosened up. Not known was that fearless leader Dave devised a last minute plan to inject more frivolity into the presentation. As the band’s “emcee” he decided that, for this performance, the NRB would become a foreign band. (Festivals at the time were importing traditional jazz bands from other countries.) The first country that popped up was Lithuania. After the introduction, the curtains parted and the band became the virtually unpronounceable ‘Gegineggyeggindegersegen.’ (The correct pronunciation is on the CD.)

Fortunately for Dave and his tenuous tenure as NRB’s ‘leader’ the audience quickly ‘got’ the gag and transformed a thoroughly enjoyable appearance into an historical gig. Enthusiastic applause and laughter for the solos, songs, and Dave’s patter reverberated at the antics of the faux Lithuanians.
All were captured for posterity… thanks to Uncle Bob.

Uncle Bob. The Critical Detail — Among the band’s enthusiastic fans was Oppermann’s “Uncle Bob,” who showed up often with no warning wherever the band was on tour. This evening he scrambled diligently and won a front row table. On it, he carefully placed a small tape recorder to capture a souvenir of the performance. By the end of the set, Uncle Bob was dozing, but the recorder was still running.

Thanks to the superb digital re-mastering talents of Andy Reed (Bay City, MI), of Reed Recording Company, the entire event is now available for future generations. The inspired musical output of the band, the phony accent silliness of bandleader Dave, and the superb audience response. It’s all here.

The Nugget Jazz Festival is history, but the Nugget Resort Casino has and is being transformed by new owners into the major resort hotel in Reno (Sparks), NV. The Celebrity Showroom still features big name acts, while the NRB continues to delight jazz fans around the world through appearances, tours, videos, and 16 albums (including this one.)

Important side note: A thoughtful fan gave the band a genuine Lithuanian flag to fly on special occasions.
So far, however, no invitations nor proclamations have arrived from the Lithuanian government.

As we wait, we’re still making music.

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