The Public Domain Tune Band and talented guests, including Los Angeles saxophonist Roger Neumann, Omaha drummer Joey Gulizia, Sioux City piano player Terry Brooks, and vocalist Becca Gehm, formerly of Vermillion, take the stage in Gayville on Saturday, June 15, at 8 p.m.for “Gayville Hall’s Big Time, Two-Hour Jazz Jam II.”
The show, a reprise of last season’s most popular concert at the Gayville music hall, according to producer Doug Sharples, will feature ”tunes that our parents and grandparents loved,” including songs by such great American songwriters as Fats Waller, George Gershwin and Duke Ellington.
The Tune Band was founded as a duo in 1979 by vocalist and guitarist Nick Schwebach and fiddler Owen DeJong, both of rural Wakonda, after a rockabilly band they played in broke up. The duo started performing early 20th-century tunes they learned from 78 r.p.m. records and older musicians.
Schwebach’s vocals remind audiences of iconic and authentic vocalists of the early jazz and pop era like Louis Armstrong and Jack Teagarden. Gehm, still in her 20s, will add a fresh, female spin to old-time classics she’ll sing.
Larry Rohrer, who is part of Schwebach-and-DeJong’s five-piece band Poker Alice, plays bass with the Tune Band, and USD jazz professor C.J. Kocher, who has performed behind pop stars, in big bands and jazz combos, plays saxophones.
Returning guest star Roger Neumann brings the “Big-Time” to the show. He plays the tenor, soprano and baritone saxophones, flute, and clarinet and has performed with Woody Herman, the Lee Castle/Jimmy Dorsey band, Ray Anthony, Les Brown, Bob Crosby, and the Beach Boys.
Neumann’s saxophone playing was heard on the soundtrack of the 2013 Hollywood movie version of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road. His music has also been featured in the Showtime movies “Atlantis,” “Three Men and a Little Lady,” and “Mumford.” He appeared on-screen in the theatrical movies “La Bamba,” “My Favorite Year,” and “For the Boys.”
Born in North Dakota, raised in northwest Iowa, and educated at Morningside College in Sioux City, Neumann was honored at the 20th Annual Jazz Awards in Los Angeles in 2002, receiving “the jazz composer and arranger of the year” award. He has written music for Buddy Rich, Count Basie, Ray Charles, Ray Brown, and Jerry Garcia. He has also written arrangements and compositions for the T.V. series “The Young and the Restless,” “Moonlighting,” “Hollywood Housewives” and “My Favorite Martian.”
Drummer Gulizia has played with the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra, the Nebraska Brass, and the Omaha Symphony. He has performed in Japan, Europe and on many cruise ships in the Caribbean.
Pianist Brooks, a Sioux City native, has performed in Europe and earned many Los Angeles and Las Vegas credits in the shows of Bill Cosby, Whoopi Goldberg, Don Rickles and many other stars before returning to the Midwest.
Gayville Hall is at 502 Washington Street in Gayville. Reserved seats cost $15. Call (605) 267-2859. Tickets are $12.50 at the door.