West End Blues
An evening with Jon Seiger and the All-Stars is something you won't soon forget. Their authentic renditions of songs by Louis Armstrong (and some by Ella Fitzgerald) will leave you feeling as if you were hearing Louis and his band performing live. The band is made up of seasoned jazz musicians, all of whom 'swing hard.' The band has performed at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the Oakville Jazz Fest (Oakville, Ontario, Canada), the Festival de Jazz en Abril (Mar del Plata, Argentina), the Dublin Music and Art Festival, and many others, and has opened for Jimmy Smith and Curtis Fuller at the Ocho Rios Jamaica Jazz Festival. They are scheduled to play this year in many places, including festivals in Argentina, Canada, and Spain. The band also plays a wide selection of swingin' jazz classics. One recent audience member said it best..... ' It was like taking a time machine back and hearing Louis band live!' Jon Seiger is a unique performer in many ways. He is one of very few younger jazz musicians who specializes in the older styles of jazz, and has played with many jazz greats. He can sound exactly like Louis Armstrong. He is also a deaf man, which makes the performances even more unique and well-received. Jon and the band love what they do, and love preserving the legacy of Louis. This comes through in their performances, making them stand out above other traditional jazz bands playing today. 'Seigers Satchmo imitation is not to be missed.' -Town and Country 'Seiger begins to sing. And damn if he doesn't sound like Louis Armstrong. And not just a little like Armstrong. Exactly like Armstrong.' -Jeff Spevak - The Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, NY) 'I heard what I thought was a Louis Armstrong recording... After a second or two, I realized it was not a recording, but Seiger, doing a very convincing Satchmo imitation.' -The Ballroom Review 'Seigers ton-of-gravel vocals are as close to Louis Armstrong as were ever likely to hear on any stage.' -The Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, NY) 'This guy has a flexible voice!' -Joe Williams, Jazz and Blues Singer 'Seigers animated stage presence was charming and his playing flawless.' -The Keene (New Hampshire) Sentinel 'It's interesting enough that Seiger is a white guy who sings in a traditional black jazz style; it's astonishing that he's also a deaf man making a living in the world of sound.' -The Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, NY) 'Seiger really does play trumpet standing on his head.' -The Worcester Evening Gazette 'Seiger....could pass for a modern day Louis Armstrong!' -Freetime Magazine, Rochester, NY ' authentic-sounding New Orleans jazz, served hot'n'fresh. Imagine: a deaf Caucasian as good as, if not better than, any Big Easy brother you'll hear or see.' -City Newspaper, Rochester, NY 'Someone who kept us spellbound was Jon Seiger and the All-Stars.... this sextet was the 'Best in Show'.' -Danny Gaisin - Oakville Today, Oakville, Ontario, Canada 'Jon Seiger was the central artist of this wonderful festival.The audience and musicians were thrilled with Jon's performance, and his honest, tasteful renditions of Louis Armstrong's songs.' -Diario La Capital, Mar del Plata, Argentina 'When the leader of the band, Seiger, uttered his first words, he had the entire audience awestruck. Based on the yells of encouragement they received from the audience, for many they were the highlight of the show.' -Tanya Batson - The Jamaica Gleaner 'Seiger sounds so much like Louis Armstrong, you'll think your name is Dolly.' Jeff Spevak - The Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, NY) 'For those persons who have never seen or heard Louis Armstrong perform live, Sunday night at the Almond Tree was the closest thing they could have hoped for. The Jon Seiger All Stars, with Seiger on vocals (and also piano and trumpet) was a reincarnated Armstrong. He easily moved through Satchmo's selections as though they were his own and as though the gravel in his throat is the same aggregate Satchmo had. The perennial favourite What A Wonderful World, brought wild applause from the audience, applause he probably never heard since Seiger has a hearing impairment!' -Carl Gilchrist - Jamaica Observer 'The growly vocals and strident trumpet made for a great opening set, and Seiger's All-Stars knew a thing or three about traditional jazz, too.' -Mark Bialczak - The Post-Standard, Syracuse, NY.