Our Musical Services

Limbshakers Jazz Band offers a number of musical programs, suitable for concerts, private events, business meetings, school programs, etc. The music stands alone or we can introduce each piece and the rich history contained therein (including sheet music covers and other historical artifacts).

Group sizes range from trio to sextet. Our core band includes saxophone/clarinet/vocals plus upright bass and electric guitar. We add trombone, pedal steel guitar and drums based on client interest.

The programs below are divided by time period for convenience; there is overlap and we mix themes depending on client interest. Please contact allen.livermore@gmail.com if interested; and we will design an affordable, custom program to meet your needs.

The Aughts and Teens: instrumental and vocal ragtime compositions such as “Who’s There?” (1905) “Good Evening, Caroline” (1909), “I’m Getting Ready for My Mother-in-Law” (1907) “My Gal Sal” (1907), “Crocodile Isle,” “Fido is a Hot Dog Now,” “Bo-La-Bo,” “Take Me to That Land of Jazz,” “Somebody Else is Gettin’ It” (1911), “Take Your Girlie to the Movies” (1919), “Steamboat Bill” (1911) “etc.

WWI and Prohibition: songs from the period or that examine consequences or aftermath thereof: “Alcoholic Blues,” (1919), “I Thank You, Mr. Hoover” (1918), “How Ya Gonna Keep ‘Em Down on the Farm (After They’ve Seen Paree),” etc.

The Twenties: “My Sweetie Went Away (She Didn’t Say Where, When or Why),” “I Wish There Was a Wireless to Heaven,” “The A.B.C.D. Blues,” etc.

Presidential Songs: campaign songs such as “Harding, You’re the Man for Us” (written by Al Jolson), “If You Don’t Like Our President Wilson (You Knife the Land That Feeds Us All)”, etc. and songs about Presidents such as “Teddy, the Jungle-Bogie Man” (1909) about Roosevelt’s hunting exploits.

Swing/1930s: great tunes from the swing era: “Tuxedo Junction,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)”, “It’s Only a Paper Moon,” etc.

1940s/WWII/Bebop: Topical songs, such as “Rosie the Riveter,” pop songs, such as “Sentimental Journey,” big band, such as “In a Mellow Tone” and “Take the A Train” and bebop by Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, such as “Woody’n’You” and “Ornithology.”

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January 2015 events

Sunday, January 18th @ 4 PM: Camphill Ghent, 2542 New York 66, Chatham, NY 12037 (518) 392-2760

Music from 1905-1946: comedic songs, old-school jazz, blues, swing and bebop

Free show

Dan Broad, upright bass

Tim Thibideau, guitar

Katerina Livermore, violin

Allen Livermore, saxophone, clarinet, percussion and vocals

Friday, January 23, 6:30-8 PM, New Lebanon Library, 550 State Route 20, New Lebanon NY (518) 794-8844

Free, donations gratefully accepted

Music from 1905-1946

Pete Adams, pedal steel guitar

Dan Broad, upright bass

Katerina Livermore, violin

Allen Livermore, saxophone, clarinet, percussion and vocals

Sunday, January 25, 2-4 PM, Melbourne Place, 140 Melbourne Road, Pittsfield, MA

Free show, free coffee/espresso bar and acoustic baby grand piano

David Bartley, baby grand acoustic piano

Dan Broad, upright bass

Allen Livermore, saxophone, clarinet, percussion and vocals

Pittsfield Jazz Fest (Saturday, Oct. 11)

The Limbshakers Jazz Band will perform as part of the Pittsfield Jazz Festival’s “Pub Crawl” on Saturday, October 11 at Patrick’s Pub in Pittsfield, MA from 6:30 to 9:30 PM.

Tim Thibideau, electric guitar

Dave Christopolos, upright bass

Katerina Livermore, violin and vocals

Allen Livermore, saxophone, clarinet, vocals and drums

Tunes from the late 1890s to the 1940s: ragtime, early jazz, blues, folk, swing and bebop.

Patrick’s Pub is located at 26 Bank Row, Pittsfield, MA 01201
(413) 499-1994

More information about the Pittsfield Jazz Festival: http://berkshiresjazz.org/jazz-about-town/

September Events

Friday, September 12: Limbshakers at New Lebanon Library, 6:30 PM. Free show, donations gratefully accepted. 550 State Route 20, Columbia Pike, New Lebanon, NY 12125 (518) 794-8844. http://newlebanonlibrary.org/calendar/

Sunday, September 14: Limbshakers at Sons and Daughters of Washington, 1 to 3 PM. Old Town Hall, Washington Mt.Rd, Washington, MA. http://www.washington-ma.com

Thursday, September 18: Limbshakers at Naumkeag, 5 Prospect Hill Road, Stockbridge, MA. 5:30 to 7:30 PM. http://www.thetrustees.org/things-to-do/special-events/naumkeag-at-night.html

Personnel for 9/12 and 9/18: Peter Adams, pedal steel guitar/ Dan Broad, upright bass and vocals/ Katerina Livermore, violin and vocals/ Allen Livermore, clarinet, saxophone, drums and vocals

Personnel for 9/14: Tim Thibideau, guitar/ Pete Toigo, upright bass/ Katerina Livermore, violin and vocals/ Allen Livermore, clarinet, saxophone, drums and vocals

Naumkeag at Night (August 28)

Limbshakers Jazz Band returns to Naumkeag on Thursday, August 28 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM to perform old-school jazz, blues, folk and swing. 5 Prospect Hill Rd, Stockbridge, MA 01262 (413) 298-3239

Naumkeag is a true Berkshire County treasure: a grand residence with stunning gardens and panoramic views. A great place to picnic and relax. Family friendly as there is plenty of grounds for kids to run around; my son brings his Skuut bike and has a great time. $10/person; cash bar available or bring your own!

Allen Livermore, saxophone, clarinet, vocals, percussion

Peter Adams, pedal steel guitar

Dan Broad, upright bass and vocals

Katerina Livermore, violin and vocals

Never visited Naumkeag? Here’s some info:

This architectural masterpiece is, at its heart, a family home. Joseph Choate, a leading 19th-century attorney, hired the architectural firm of McKim, Mead, & White to design the 44-room “cottage,” Naumkeag, which would serve as a summer retreat for three generations of Choates.

With its views of Monument Mountain, its stunning collection of gardens created by Joseph Choates’s daughter, Miss Mabel Choate, and Fletcher Steele over 30 years, its original artwork, and its shingle-style house, Naumkeag creates an unforgettable experience for visitors. Don’t miss the self-guided audio tour of the Naumkeag gardens, including the Blue Steps, a series of deep blue fountain pools, flanked by four flights of stairs and a grove of white birches. Walk through the equally beautiful Afternoon Garden, Tree Peony Terrace, Rose Garden, Evergreen Garden, and Chinese Garden to encounter the playful, inventive spirit of Miss Choate and Mr. Steele.

http://www.thetrustees.org/places-to-visit/berkshires/naumkeag.html

Naumkeag at Night (August 14)

Limbshakers Jazz Band returns to Naumkeag on Thursday, August 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM to perform old-school jazz, blues, folk and swing. 5 Prospect Hill Rd, Stockbridge, MA 01262 (413) 298-3239

Naumkeag is a true Berkshire County treasure: a grand residence with stunning gardens and panoramic views. A great place to picnic and relax. The Trustees of Reservations (www.thetrustees.org) recently put a brand new white cedar roof on the cottage and we encourage everyone to support their efforts. $10/person; cash bar available or bring your own!

Allen Livermore, saxophone, clarinet, vocals, percussion

Peter Adams, pedal steel guitar

Dan Broad, upright bass and vocals

plus Katerina Livermore, violin and vocals

This architectural masterpiece is, at its heart, a family home. Joseph Choate, a leading 19th-century attorney, hired the architectural firm of McKim, Mead, & White to design the 44-room “cottage,” Naumkeag, which would serve as a summer retreat for three generations of Choates.

With its views of Monument Mountain, its stunning collection of gardens created by Joseph Choates’s daughter, Miss Mabel Choate, and Fletcher Steele over 30 years, its original artwork, and its shingle-style house, Naumkeag creates an unforgettable experience for visitors. Don’t miss the self-guided audio tour of the Naumkeag gardens, including the Blue Steps, a series of deep blue fountain pools, flanked by four flights of stairs and a grove of white birches. Walk through the equally beautiful Afternoon Garden, Tree Peony Terrace, Rose Garden, Evergreen Garden, and Chinese Garden to encounter the playful, inventive spirit of Miss Choate and Mr. Steele.

http://www.thetrustees.org/places-to-visit/berkshires/naumkeag.html

Naumkeag at Night (July 31)

Limbshakers Jazz Band is honored to return to Naumkeag on Thursday, July 31 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. 5 Prospect Hill Rd, Stockbridge, MA 01262 (413) 298-3239

Naumkeag is a true Berkshire County treasure: a grand residence with stunning gardens and panoramic views. We’ve been playing at Naumkeag for three years and The Trustees of Reservations (www.thetrustees.org) continue to do an amazing job in renovating Naumkeag; and we encourage everyone to support this endeavor. $10/person

Allen Livermore, saxophone, clarinet, vocals, percussion

Peter Adams, pedal steel guitar

Dan Broad, upright bass and vocals

This architectural masterpiece is, at its heart, a family home. Joseph Choate, a leading 19th-century attorney, hired the architectural firm of McKim, Mead, & White to design the 44-room “cottage,” Naumkeag, which would serve as a summer retreat for three generations of Choates.

With its views of Monument Mountain, its stunning collection of gardens created by Joseph Choates’s daughter, Miss Mabel Choate, and Fletcher Steele over 30 years, its original artwork, and its shingle-style house, Naumkeag creates an unforgettable experience for visitors. Don’t miss the self-guided audio tour of the Naumkeag gardens, including the Blue Steps, a series of deep blue fountain pools, flanked by four flights of stairs and a grove of white birches. Walk through the equally beautiful Afternoon Garden, Tree Peony Terrace, Rose Garden, Evergreen Garden, and Chinese Garden to encounter the playful, inventive spirit of Miss Choate and Mr. Steele.

http://www.thetrustees.org/places-to-visit/berkshires/naumkeag.html