Tom Waselchuk & John Parrott Duo
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tom Gresser is selling Roxbury Tavern, and all who know and love him wish him nothing but the best. Playing RoxTav has, over the past few years, been one of the funnest and most rewarding gigs I’ve had the pleasure of doing. The Dang-Its and I have a lot of good friends and great fans pack the house for our shows there, and it’s just a wonderful room to play. Although many of us hope live music will continue under new ownership, I wanted to make sure I got another show or two in before the turnover. PLEASE NOTE: Because of the sale-related uncertainty involved, I encourage you to check back to this calendar for any possible cancellation news.
Tom Waselchuk & John Parrott Guitar Duo
Vintage swing & country blues.
Tom Waselchuk will be familiar to southern Wisconsin audiences from his work with his Americana band The Dang-Its (1998 to present) and Gypsy swing ensemble Harmonious Wail (2001-2011), with whom he toured the U.S. and abroad. He keeps up a busy schedule of solo and small ensemble performances including his newest collaborations with Mr. Parrott and with Chicago vocalist Jodi Jean Amble. Ms. Amble, Mr. Waselchuk, and another of Tom’s long-time guitar partners, Doug Brown, are currently performing as The Honey Pies. Tom’s guitar work demonstrates equal ease with a range of styles from jazz and pop to country and bluegrass.
John Parrott is a rare species in the vast genus of acoustic guitarists. He plays the archtop rhythm guitar in a style that was common from the 1930s to the 1950s (think Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, and Bob Wills). For forty years he’s applied his skills, sensibilities, and adult chords to the field of String Jazz, backing up such luminaries as John Hartford, Vassar Clements, and Steve Goodman. John is especially noted for his many years of laying down the swinging pulse for the great jazz mandolinists Jethro Burns and Don Stiernberg. John currently works and records with Milwaukee musicians Chris Hanson, Robin Pluer and an assortment of jazz and swing artists.
Together they present a showcase of 20th century American music in a variety of genres with solidly swinging guitar artistry and more than acceptable vocals.