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Slivka
Posted on: Jun 21 2006, 05:19 AM


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Of course I love originals but, listening to live bands truly takes the music we love from anthropology to living breathing art.

In order for this geat music to survive we need to bring new audiences into it.

The best way to do this is to invade live venues.

I love Paul Whiteman, but he is long dead. So, I can go to Charley O's or Iridium in NY and see Vince Giordano lay it down.

I love the crackle of my Philco, but I'll take the spine rattling vibrations of a live band any day.

If anyone ever saw Vince Giordano live you'll know what I'm saying.

Steven P. Slivka
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Slivka
Posted on: Feb 11 2006, 02:29 PM


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I have a couple musicians interested. It's always a challenge finding people though.

Not a lot of people really keen on playing the plectrum banjo these days.

If you know of anyone in the chicago area who might be interested, send them my way.

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Slivka
Posted on: Feb 10 2006, 01:57 PM


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Wow, thanks!

I do have more songs and will keep updating my playlist on my myspace page.

And yes, for the exception of a few sounds I'm using keyboard tones for, I am playing all the parts.

Keep the feedback coming. It's really helpful to how I develop this sound, and hopefully will be able to get

a group together to play live.

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Slivka
Posted on: Feb 10 2006, 06:01 AM


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Hey all!

I hope you don't see this as spam, if you do, please ignore and accept my apologies.

But, I've recently been taking steps to actually trying to
PLAY this music that we love under the name "The Boar's Head Orchestra".
So, I posted a bunch of tunes on http://myspace.com/theboarsheadorchestra
One tune, "Hapa Haole Cutie from Waikiki" is my first attempt at an original tune
in this style. Check it out. I'd love to hear feedback good or bad. Also, I'd love to hear if
anybody else is playing hot jazz as well. Feel free to join my myspace while you're there.

thanks much,

slivka
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Slivka
Posted on: Sep 13 2005, 03:21 AM


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ross

Lennington Shewell played Theremin with Rudy and his Connecticut Yankees in 1930 for some broadcasts on NBC.

This is via the Theremin biography.

Wow, Clara Rockmore! What a gift to have seen her.
She was the greatest Theremin player who ever lived.
A true virtuoso. I fancy myself a "decent" thereminist.
But she was the real deal.

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Slivka
Posted on: Sep 12 2005, 12:06 AM


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How about this.

Rudy Valee's band had a Theremin player.

WHOOOOOO....WHEEEEE...
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Slivka
Posted on: Jul 21 2005, 03:10 AM


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that's terrible!!!!

I was going to NY next week

this stinks
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Slivka
Posted on: Jul 13 2005, 05:40 AM


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Gregory,

just a note.

I gutted my Philco console, added a power amp, and play my iPod through it.

I also added a new light so it glows.

good fun.

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Slivka
Posted on: Jul 13 2005, 05:36 AM


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Dan,

That's EXACTLY what I was looking for.

Minor key, but with drive and plenty of syncopated fun.

Keep em comin'

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Slivka
Posted on: Jun 2 2005, 03:18 AM


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Ed,

off topic from Jazz but, I went to Morton West and so did my wife.

Classes of 92' and 91'
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Slivka
Posted on: May 28 2005, 01:57 AM


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Isn't it cool?

I requested "Diga Diga Doo" and "Missippi Mud".

He replied and said he would play them on monday as well.

Seeing the show live was remarkable!

Every time I'm in New York, I will definitely see them.

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Slivka
Posted on: May 18 2005, 12:52 AM


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Hey All,

You may already know this but, I was in New York last night to see

Vince Giordano at Charley O's. They do a live video webcast of the concert.

Man, they cook! here it is:

http://www.earthcam.com/events/nighthawks/index.php
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Slivka
Posted on: May 14 2005, 04:34 AM


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Ed,

Slivka is indeed Slovak or (Boheimian depending on when your family came to the US).
The Slivkas are of good, hearty Chicago Bohunk stock.

I know the West End Jazz band very well and have seen them many times.
They are definitely from Berwyn. I'm live in Berwyn as well.

Who would have thought that Berwyn would become the vintage jazz hotbed of chicago?(it's not really...yet!)

I'm thinking of petitioning the city to put on a music festival there.

Mike Bezin the leader and cornet player for the West End Jazz Band is amazing.

I've never heard anyone nail Bix like he does.

Slivka
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Posted on: Apr 16 2005, 04:46 AM


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I'm in Chicago!

I still need a good cornet player if anybody knows of one in the area.

Steven P. Slivka
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Posted on: Apr 16 2005, 03:28 AM


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Hey Gang!

I am currently putting a "Hot" band together with a bit of a Dark Twist to it.

We're working up versions of "St. James Infirmary" and "Gloomy Sunday"

I was wondering what your favorite dark or mysterious tunes might be?

Steven P. Slivka
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Slivka
Posted on: Mar 14 2005, 11:26 AM


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"Diga Diga Doo" from the mills brothers

"Happy Feet" from Paul Whiteman with the Rhythm Boys

"Copenhagen" from Bix Beiderbecke

I like to pull up next to the fake suburban "gangsta" kids in my neighborhood

and crank these in my car.

Nothing gets the sub woofers thumpin' like Paul Whiteman!
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Slivka
Posted on: Mar 14 2005, 10:45 AM


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I play the Uke.

After years on the guitar, I'm currently working on my uke and tenor banjo chops.

If anyone's looking for a semi-good uke/tenor banjo/guitar player for they're hot jazz band in chicago

send me an email.

I've had a uke around the house for years, and after I seriously practiced it, I found out that it's great

little instrument to play.

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Posted on: Jan 27 2005, 05:48 AM


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"I'm Tellin' the World She's Mine" by Al Bowlly and "Crazy Rythm"

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Posted on: Jan 21 2005, 07:02 AM


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Sounds very interesting.

Could you post some mp3's?

Slivka
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Posted on: Nov 16 2004, 05:19 AM


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thanks
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Slivka
Posted on: Nov 13 2004, 04:57 AM


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Hey all,

I am in desperate need of an authentic 1930's dance band

in the paul whiteman range for my wedding in Feb. It's in chicago.

I'm definitley not looking for a swing band.

I need a band that comes even remotely close to

max raabe.

Does a band like that even exist in the US, much less chicago?

any help would be appreciated.
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