Wyoming Democrats know how to swing!

Thank you to the Wyoming Democratic Party for inviting us to play last night for the annual Nellie Tayloe Ross Gala at Little America. It was a kick! I especially appreciate Peter Queal, Shawn Mickelson, and Mike Brown–superb musicians. I love playing music with them!100_3437




Thank you to the Asher Wyoming Arts Center

Jane-and-ShawnThank you’s go out to the Asher Wyoming Arts and Events Center for having us play for the Jazzy Turkey Dinner last Friday with Roger James on keys and Chuck Thomas on bass.  It was a special treat to have Shawn Mickelson sitting in on trumpet.  What a master!  Shawn2Shawn,-Chuck,-Roger

Thank you for “making our event spectacular!”

20150911-CBG-Thank-you-for-webI received this lovely note from our friends at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens.  We were honored to play for the Mad Hatter Mixer on September 11 and are so happy that everyone had such a wonderful time.  We thought the whole evening was spectacular, too.


Pete’s first paying gig–the Club Lido

Pete's first paid gig

Pete found this old photo of his first paying gig, the Club Lido, a strip club in Garden City, Colorado.  Garden City began as a haven for establishments selling alcohol back in the days when Greeley was “dry.”  The club is gone, now.   It stood next door to where the Rancho Alegre restaurant is now, 26th and 8th Avenue in south Greeley.  In this picture, Pete is fifteen and playing his first drum kit—a set of Japanese Tempo drums.  “I thought I was on top of the world.”

On the left is Steve Grosskopf and on the right, Joe Hinojosa.  Paul Gomez was in the band as well playing guitar.  They called the band “WC Fields” and made $50 a night for the whole band–pretty exciting stuff for a fifteen-year-old.