The Boilermaker Jazz Band

Glen Echo SignI had the pleasure of heading down to DC this past weekend to see the Boilermaker Jazz Band at Glen Echo.

First off, now that I’m in New York City, the opportunity to dance in a real ballroom resplendent with high ceilings, a bandstand, and gorgeous floors where you weren’t getting clubbed left and right was a definite treat. The Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo has 7,500 square feet of dance floor, built in 1933 and renovated 50 years later, with corridors encircling the main dance floor it can be seen featured in this old postcard.Spanish Ballroom

The Boilermaker Jazz Band is from Pittsburgh, PA and consists of a 7-piece band when fully put together with banjo, piano, drums and upright bass on rhythm, trombone and a vocalist on top with Paul Cosentino leading the band on clarinet. They play hot jazz and swing with an incredible variety of song selection with seven albums to their name available for purchase on CD Baby in either CD or Mp3 format.

With dancers on the east coast they have a great reputation and play at both local and national events including the Big Big Event, ALHC, The Jam Cellar, and the up-coming Northeast Girl Jam in Rochester, NY. They have a wonderful rapport with dancers, good charisma on stage and excellent wit; they take todays solitary stage band back to an era of the solid dance bands of the ballrooms in Harlem.

Check out their version of “Pacific Rim Stomp” at last years Big Big Event.

Have a favorite Boilermaker’s song or clip, let me know and post a comment.

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Published in: on January 25, 2008 at 3:04 pm  Comments (3)  

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  1. Paul is incredibly knowledgeable about jazz. He’s been very insightful in the past on SwingDJs & Yehoodi.

  2. […] Crescent Septet at Glen Echo Saturday night with the Cangelosi Cards playing late night; and the Boilermakers wrapping up Sunday […]

  3. […] night began with the Boilermaker Jazz Band, with Naomi Uyama on vocals, playing in the Tango Cafe.  The space is a beautiful hall with high […]


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