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Jazz Insights: Joe Holtzman

Rhode Island’s veteran drummer Joe Holtzman stills pats the snare and bass drums in greater Providence.In 1954, while growing up in South Carolina, Holtzman joined The Brooklyn-Cayce Marching Band. After a few beginners lessons, he taught himself the basic artform of drumming, began winning drum competitions and joined The All-State Band. In Junior High School, […]

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Jazz Insights: Billy Lipson

Providence’s Billy Lipson, born in 1911, was blessed with a terrific jazz singing voice. Billy sang with several large orchestras in greater Providence.His renditions often sounded like Frank Sinatra or Bing Crosby.¬†Billy had a loyal group of followers who regularly cheered him on, and many a local woman swooned over his romantic deliveries.¬†His torch songs […]

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One of the Greats: Bob Mainelli is pitch perfect

One of Rhode Island’s finest local entertainers is Bob Mainelli.He has performed for more parties, organizational events, civil and otherwise, private celebrations, small clubs, large clubs, restaurants, casinos, political happenings, weddings, funerals, bar-mitzvahs and probably hangings than most professional singers. Bob taught music at Johnston High School for many years. His daughter, Jennifer has emulated […]

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