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"Framingham, Mass. July 4th 1989"


Filmed by George Borgman in Framingham, Massachusetts on July 4th 1989 at the home of Dave and Joan Murphy during their annual Holiday party featuring Walter Miller trumpet, John Kafalas trombone, Stan McDonald clarinet, soprano sax, & leader, Phil Hower piano, John Rayworth banjo, Hans Brack string bass, and Stu Grover drums.

For the sake of historical correctness the band's original cornetist and co-founder Paul Monat remembers how the "Blue Horizon Jazz Band" came to be:

"I started the Blue Horizon band with Stan. He named it and I filled in the members with Stan and myself managing Ernie Clarke trombone, Don Fancy Piano, Jimmy Mazzy Banjo, Bob Sinicrope string bass, and Tony Hannan drums. I have the contracts signed by me and club owners at the time we started it (Summer of 1981)".

"The "New Yankee Rhythm Kings" and "Blue Horizon Jazz Band" did the battle of the bands as one of our very first gigs. Early 1981 was when The YRK broke up and fired half of us and Stan was let go from the "New Black Eagle Jazz Band" around Independence Day of that year. I went back periodically until Walt became the permanent trumpet (cornet). My brother (as an aside) was with band longer than I in the later days on drums".

Since the Sherborn Inn closed last December, Stan's "Blue Horizon Jazz Band" are currently performing at the Primavera Restaurant, in Millis, Mass. (next to Sherborn), monthly.

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