The Black Magic Swing Band is a 17 pc band, led by Denise Black.
The members of the Sax section are Barry Portnoy and John Guida on tenors Gary Rago and Jacob Smith on altos,
The 3 trombones are Bill Newnam, Bill Andrews and Richie Goldstein,
The trumpets are Al Harrison, Dom Serrafino, Dom Scalfaro and John Hoffman (With Brenda Bass as a sub)
and the rhythm section is Valerie Marini on Piano Jim Hines on Bass, Ray Nunzi on drums and Marilyn Kessler on percussion,
Drum and Percussion subs are Tony Day and Lee Hambro The Piano Sub is Billy Dennison.
Denise Black Says she alternates the men and women in the band on every other gig because there are so many great readers in the area and I want them all ! So I use the subs every other gig so that I get to play with everyone.
I own 3000 orchestrations but we only get to play about 35 tunes on a 3 hour gig.
I began my musical career in Philadelphia in 1973 when I returned home from the Army.
I landed a part time job at the Mike Douglas show and met Howie. a Bandleader from Palumbos who gave me a tiny role in his band.
The Summer of 73 I worked with His band at Cozy Morleys I Played with an accapella group that was at none other than the Rendezvous Lounge at Resorts in 78 then married Bud Black who worked for the McDonough family at the Erin Bar. After our son was born in '80 I took a few years off only playing Resorts on Call a few times a month.
In 2001 I put the First band together and the following year we played the Gildas Club Opening at Trump Marina. we have been doing FundRaisers and town Concerts ever since.
Scott I owe u one