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“Jazz Monday” at the Roadhouse Goes Out With a Bang!

Bob Bowlby

Bob Bowlby

The Roadhouse Cafe in Ft. Myers announced that this coming Monday, March 12 will be the last Jazz Monday for the 2012 season. Pianist Joe Delaney, who has been leading his Trio on the Monday dates, has engaged a life-long friend and New England colleague, saxophonist Bob Bowlby, to play that night with the Trio.

Joe and Bob both worked with the late Lou Colombo for over 30 years and will dedicate the evening to celebrating Lou’s legacy and spirit in music.

Seating for this exciting evening of fine dining and great jazz music is limited. Reservations are strongly suggested by calling the Roadhouse at 239.415.4375.

Click here to view the Roadhouse menu.

Click here for more about Joe Delaney.

Born in Boston in 1959, Bob Bowlby started his first musical pursuit by playing drums at the age of 6. His father, Bob Bowlby, Sr., was an English Professor and a pianist who played professionally on weekends at night clubs and private parties. By the time he was 9, he was sitting in with his father’s band, and was a member of the group by age 11.

While listening to many of his father’s jazz records, he became more drawn to the saxophone from listening to Cannonball Adderley and John Coltrane. At age 12, he started playing saxophone and clarinet in the school band. He soon added flute and all the various woodwinds to his list of instruments very quickly. By the time he was 14, he was playing gigs with his father on saxophone as well as all the ensembles in high school. After studying with saxophone greats Joe Viola and George Garzone at Berklee College of Music, he spent several years touring worldwide with the Tommy Dorsey and Artie Shaw Orchestras, the latter often with the late Roadhouse patriarch, trumpeter Lou Colombo. In 1984, he joined Buddy Rich and remained with the band as lead alto and featured soloist until Rich’s death in 1987.

Since then he has been a sought after full time musician throughout the northeast and abroad. Bob was an instructor at Berklee College of Music from 1987-91. He has a long list of credentials with a wide variety of musical groups including: Boston Pops, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Ben Vereen, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, British Rock Symphony, The Moody Blues, Rod Stewart, Sammy Davis, Jr., Mel Torme, Rosemary Clooney, Natalie Cole and Barry Manilow. Bob has been featured with such noted jazz legends as Bobby Shew, Randy Brecker, Clark Terry and Nick Brignola.

Joe Delaney at The Roadhouse Cafe!

joe-delaneyJoe Delaney, a gifted and highly original jazz pianist, appears frequently at The Roadhouse Cafe in Ft. Myers, Florida.

Listen to “Loro” composed by Egberto Gizmonti. 

Joe will be appearing with the Dan Miller Quartet beginning Octobe r2016. For reservations, please call 239-415-4375 or email us at roadhousecafe@comcast.net

Listen to “It’s You or No One” composed by Jule Styne and Sammy Kahn. 

Joe Delaney was born in Brockton, Mass. and grew up in Whitman, just south of Boston. Joe’s father Ed Delaney was also a pianist. Joe started playing at age 3, learning by ear from records, family parties and his father’s band rehearsals. Joe says, “I picked it up and still play about 90% by ear.”

“Costa Rica” by Joe Delaney 

Joe started formal instruction and began performing in pubic at the age of 5. Joe says, “Once we started little kid tunes, I’d hear the teacher play it and put about 15 minutes into my lesson and just mimic it back.” He was soon spending hours a day learning popular tunes and George Shearing hits he heard during the band rehearsals.

“My Romance” by Rodgers and Hart 

Later, Joe studied briefly with Kurt Wenzel, Charlie Banocos, Kenny Barron and Berklee piano professor Paul Schmeling. During his formative years Joe absorbed the musical influences of George Shearing, Erroll Garner, Ahmad Jamal, Ramsey Lewis, Sergio Mendes, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Bill Evans, Dave McKenna, Oscar Peterson and Herbie Hancock.

Dave McKenna, Joe Delaney,  Tony Bennett, unknown.

Dave McKenna, Joe Delaney, Tony Bennett, unknown. Bennett has long been associated with the Cape Cod area and is a fan of the Roadhouse Cafe Hyannis.

Joe first met the great Cape Cod jazz pianist Dave McKenna at the age of 12. They became life-long musical and personal friends. Joe says, “Even now there isn’t a time that I sit down to play solo piano that I don’t think of Dave.” McKenna said about Joe Delaney, “He gets better every time I hear him and he’s been around since he was barely a teenager.”

“Goodbye, Jobim” by Joe Delaney 

Delaney worked in the Boston and Cape Cod areas until 1981, when he moved to the US Virgin Islands, where he worked for most of the ’80s.

“Confirmation” by Charlie Parker 

From 1989-2009 Joe returned to New England, based in Cape Cod, mostly in Hyannis. He had a long association with reedman Dick Johnson, who led the Artie Shaw Orchestra during this period. Joe travelled with the Shaw Orchestra for six years, sometimes playing alongside trumpet great Lou Colombo. While not touring with the Shaw band or his own groups (on 5 continents), Delaney played extended residencies in virtually every live music venue on Cape Cod. He spent 7 years leading the house trio at the Black Cat Tavern at Hyannis Harbor, now owned and operated by David Colombo.

“Valse Africano” by Joe Delaney 

Joe has recorded many jazz albums and CDs both as leader and sideman, as well as commercial jingles (for Pepsi, Beck’s Beer, among others), and movie soundtracks (Mrs. Worthington’s Party). For his 2001 trio release, Take 1, Joe is accompanied by bassist Laird Boles and drummer Steve Langone.
Thanks, Joe, for giving us permission to post all the tracks here for us to enjoy!

“Joao” by Joe Delaney 

“Round Midnight” by Thelonius Monk 

“Joy and Sadness” by Joe Delaney 

“Joe’s Break” by Joe Delaney 

Our Jazz Heritage: Lou Colombo

Lou Colombo playing a pocket trumpet at the Roadhouse Cafe Florida.

Lou Colombo at the Roadhouse Cafe Florida.

Ed. note: On the night of March 3, 2012, Lou Colombo died in an auto accident on his way home from performing at the Roadhouse Cafe FL. The following is a message from lifelong friend and pianist Joe Delaney:

“Today marks one of the saddest days of my life. The untimely devastating loss of trumpeter, athlete, family man, entertainer and a man of great brilliance, compassion, humor and wit. Loved by all whom he touched. A great friend, brother, father figure, teacher, inspiration and role model of which I will forever aspire towards. And his many natural talents were a gift from God, however he understood the necessity of working on maintaining them on a daily basis through strength both physically, in is highly demanding work, and equally strength of character.

“As a reward for his tireless effort he was blessed by his loving adoring and supportive wife Noel and six wonderful children and many grandchildren. And artistically he passed at the top of his game as he was always improving from day one as it was his never ending quest. When it was time to be serious, he played not only with his natural attributes and abilities but more importantly directly from his heart. When a situation allowed for or even demanded his famous gift for clowning around and putting an entire audience at ease and in good spirit not only was he up for the challenge but one of the absolute best in the business. Very outgoing and fearless in public, however in order to create that a well balanced and required humble, forever inquisitive, ambitious and truly brilliant person with a great deal of sensitivity must also co-exist. He had it all and was touched by God.

“His love of family and his love of home life never stunted his growth as a true artist, from the perspective of the countless fellow artists who worshiped him my self included, but only served to enhance it. Lou always said he could get his best rest and was at peace when there was a half a dozen or more children running around, as opposed to a life on the road as a musician or athlete, that again supports his necessities to remain at the top his game, simply by virtue of having the ability and support to sustain everything that was important to him. And he was as famous for all these positive and admirable qualities by both the artist and non artist. That is a major achievement for any human being “to love and be loved in return”.

“Lou will be missed and never forgotten by those he has given years of pleasure to or just a fleeting hello. And his memory will be defined not only as gifted artist, but as a good and decent human being and family man. I know he’ll be rewarded in the after life to the same degree of effort he put into his Earthly life. And when the shock and despair begins to lift for his family, there will always remain the highest degree of pride for one of The Greatest Champions Of All Time!!!”

Lou Colombo was born and raised in Brockton, MA. He began playing the trumpet at age 12. Following two years in the service, he played professional baseball for about 7 years. A badly broken ankle forced him to retire from the Brooklyn Dodgers at age 24—bad for baseball, good for music! He then devoted his energy to music, playing trumpet full-time and periodic travels with big bands led by Benny Goodman, Buddy Morrow and Perez Prado.

Lou played jazz festivals throughout the US, Canada and Europe and appeared on jazz cruises with the Artie Shaw Orchestra (under the direction of Dick Johnson) on Norwegian Cruise Lines. He currently travels with the Shaw organization when his schedule permits.

Lou spends his winters in Florida with his daughters Sherri and Lynda. While in the Sunshine State, he performs on both coasts. You can catch a live performance by Lou and the players at The Roadhouse Cafe in Ft. Myers this coming January. Check our Facebook page for dates and times, and while you’re there, please “like” our page..

One of Lou’s best-known CDs on the Concord label is I Remember Bobby from 1990, which also features pianist Dave McKenna, bassist Phil Flanigan and guitarist Gray Sergeant. The CD is a tribute to a close friend and fellow Cape Codder, the great jazz cornetist Bobby Hackett. Other CDs feature Lou with the late Cape Cod reedman Dick Johnson and the Artie Shaw Orchestra.

Here is Dizzy Gillespie’s comment on Lou Colombo, from a radio interview with Eric Jackson on WGBH in1988:

“Lou Colombo is what I would call a trumpet painter, he resolves. He starts playing and the notes keep going, but the chord keeps changing all the time. He’s a marvelous trumpet player. I went one night to hear him play. Boy, he asked me to play with him and I said ‘No—you got it, brother!’ I’m not going to jump into that hot water…Lou’s pretty weird the way he plays because he plays with just one hand. He plays the valves with his right hand but doesn’t hold the horn with his left hand. This guy’s amazing. I’ve been preaching his name ever since that night I first heard him down on Cape Cod. Lou’s a beautiful player. One of the characteristics of his playing is his tone, his sound, it’s gorgeous.”

Read about Lou Colombo in the Cape Cod Times.

Watch a video of Lou performing at the Roadhouse Cafe Ft. Myers.

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Rocky Roadhouse Cake

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Beef and Seafood Combination

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