|Dr. Zoot CD Party|
A GREAT new disc
The Ghost of Swing
Thursday October 15, 1998
We travelled to Pittsburgh, with stops in Bedford and Somerset for some vintage shopping. We found several nice ties and some dresses which I am certain that my partner will be offering soon. However, the main attraction of the trip was a CD release party for "Dr. Zoot", one of our favorite bands. The party was held at Heaven, a downtown nightclub and it was well attended.
Left to right: Sal Ventura, Keyboards and vocals; Chris Goodman, Sax;, Oscar Menosky, Trumpet; Reggie watkins, Trombone; Barely pictured: Al Peden, Bass; Dave Klysz, Drums
Sal Ventura and Al Peden
Keyboards: Sal, Bass: Al
The CD, "The Ghost of Swing" is excellent and very danceable. It has a number of really good Lindy numbers. Eight of the eleven songs are new material. They have one of the best covers of "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen" that we have ever heard. You really ought to own a copy. Here's how to get hold of the guys:
Dr. Zoot and the Suits:
Jumpin on the Southside
Fah-get about it!
The CD has a very funny novelty tune called "Guido the Mosquito", written by Sal and Al. The song concerns a character named Guido who rats on Uncle Vito. When the wise guys are gettin busted, word goes out that "There's a bug that needs adjusted --- Guido the Mosquito"
Sal cautions "You better zip up" and Al responds with the catch phrase "Ah - Fah-get about it!". I Have been hearing "Ah - Fah-get about it!" from my partner all week. In a cautionary tale, Uncle Vito catches up with Guido, who becomes "a Burrito.". You have to get this CD.
Left to right: Al, Sal, Chris, Oscar, Reggie
Some Website Fans
These folks recognized us from the website. We talked for about 15 minutes and we showed them some moves. I never thought to ask their names! I have to start carrying around a little notebook! Well, they have written in!
From: Jed Pickel
Well I just wanted to say that you guys are awesome and I
enjoy your web site. So if all goes as planned I will be at the
Chevy Chase Ballroom on November 9th next month. It should be fun
to check out some of the DC culture first hand. I have heard so
much about how DC is the happenin place for swing. Anyway, if
that is one of your regular hangouts perhaps I will see you guys
there. O ya... I am working with a friend of mine on an up to date
website for the Pittsburgh swing scene. I will drop you a note
when we have something decent up.
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