Sun City Stomperz
A Dixieland Jazz Band
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About Sun City Stomperz
This band was formed in 2005 by Ernie Landes and Sid Gire in an effort to spread the joy of Dixieland Jazz to the folks in and around Sun City, Arizona. The band has been fortunate to appear at many community events, retirement homes, local festivals and watering holes throughout the greater Phoenix area, as well as regular visits to Arizona Classic Jazz Society events. They are well into their ninth year of twice-monthly performances at the “Sunset Bistro at the Lakes” restaurant in Westbrook Village, Peoria, Arizona. The Stomperz made a conscious decision to concentrate their repertoire on the music of the first three decades of the Twentieth Century. This period includes the very beginnings of the traditional jazz age, the rise and fall of the Storyville District of New Orleans, the first jazz recordings and the resulting global appreciation of this music. The musicians hope to continue to provide this “happy music” for many years to come.
- Candy Lips (Clarence Williams 1926)
- Sidewalk Blues (Jelly Roll Morton)
- Down In Honky Tonk Town (McCarron / Smith 1915)
- Delta Bound (Jimmy Noone, Alex Hill)
- Wolverine Blues (Jelly Roll Morton 1923)
- While We Danced At The Mardi Gras (Alfred Opler, Johnny Mercer)
- I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues (Harold Arlen) Vocal by Clark
- Limehouse Blues (Phillip Braham 1922)
- Cinderella Girl (David Dallwitz 1949) Vocal by Barry
- London Blues (Jelly Roll Morton)
- Home In Pasadena (Harry Warren, Grant Clarke) Vocal by Lloyd
- That's A Plenty (Lew Pollock 1914)
- Just a Gigolo / I Ain't Got Nobody (Spencer Williams 1915) Vocal by Ernie
Clark Chaffee - Drums
With extensive experience as a performer, conductor, and music educator, Clark Chaffee brings a unique blend of perspectives to the band. He is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and has earned music degrees from University of Michigan and Northern Illinois University. NIU named him the 2014 Distinguished Alum from the the College of Visual and Performing Arts. He, his ensembles, and the Stevenson High School music PLC team have been recognized by numerous organizations including the National Endowment for the Arts, the US Department of Education, the Kennedy Center, the Grammy Foundation, and the Conductors Guild. His professional performing experience includes being a member of the Chicago Symphony Chorus; timpanist for the Chicago Civic Orchestra, Elgin Symphony, Rockford Symphony, and others; drummer for the University of Michigan Big Band; drummer/vocalist for jazz bands and his own jazz quartet. Since moving to the Phoenix area in 2013, Mr. Chaffee has been an active teacher, performer, and clinician. In addition to his role as conductor of the West Valley Wind Ensemble, he conducts the Surprise Pops Band, and he is Principal Viola in the Sun City Chamber Orchestra. He performs regularly (drummer/vocalist) in several West Valley jazz ensembles including the Sun City Stomperz (classic Dixieland).
Ernie Landes - Trombone Leader
Ernie took up the trombone in high school and began jamming with neighborhood musicians. While attending Stanford University, he heard the bands of Bob Scobey and Turk Murphy, and spent many Friday afternoons playing for free beer in college hangouts. He helped form a band named “South Bay Seven” which was popular in the San Jose area in the sixties.
In 1973 he was recruited by Frank Goulette to join the “Monterey Bay Classic Jass Band” of Santa Cruz, CA. With this band he attended most of the West Coast jazz festivals and enjoyed an eight-year run of Sunday afternoon gigs at the Dream Inn in Santa Cruz.
Retiring to Washington State in 1995, Ernie joined the “Dukes of Dabob” which played for twelve years at the Valley Tavern near Dabob Bay.
Dan Reed - Trumpet
After majoring in music at Indiana University, Dan has devoted his entire career to his trumpet. He has performed as a band member, band leader and featured soloist in a wide variety of situations. At one point, he worked on cruise ships, traveling around the world for 20 years as a performer and music director for Princess Cruises.
He continues to study and teach trumpet, ever seeking to improve his own skills. Dan’s mantra is, “You are never too good or too old to learn something new.”
Dan is excited to be with the Sun City Stomperz where he is expanding his knowledge of Traditional Jazz. In addition to his fine talent on trumpet and flugelhorn, Dan’s enthusiasm and high energy draws fans wherever he goes.
Lloyd Shaffer - Piano
Lloyd began the study of classical piano at the age of six, but when, at 13, he was booked for his first professional dance band gig and he left classical forever. In his two year stint in the army Lloyd played with the 221st Army Band as a military musician, leading a bugle corps and performing on the Transportation Corps’ TV show. He worked as a union musician in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and in the Catskill Mountains of New York until moving with his day job in investment management sales to Seattle, Washington. On retiring to Phoenix, he came back to music, playing for a very short time with a punk rock group, and then various dance bands in the Valley, including the Max Pillar Orchestra, the Speakeasy Society Orchestra, the Jack Merlin Band and Cheryl Stevens’ Vintage Jazz Band. He has also performed with the Desert City Six, the 52d Street Jazz Band, the Ken Taylor Legacy Band, the Swing Kings and until 2016, with his own 10-piece dance band, “Déjà Vu”. Lloyd is married to the talented entertainer Deborah Offenhauser, and leads her backing trio on synthesizer in her “Keyboard and Komedy” shows.
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