Kiame Band

Keeping with an annual tradition, the Phillip James Orchestra delighted with music at the Pelham Gazebo last Monday night.

Phil James, the bandleader-drummer had his 10 piece band play music from the "swing era" and back the six major soloist in the photograph!

In photo: standing behind Phil James and granddaughter, Grace Anne, from left t right: Phil James Jr(vibraphonist), Jen Scopaz (coronetist), Nick Mastrangelo (guitarist), Laura Vecchione (vocalist), and Billy Grey(trumpet-singer).

Four of the seven soloists that played during the evening were Pelhamites.

Pianist, Grace Anne Kiamie (8 yrs old at Siwanoy) played "The Lewis Boogie."

Her dad, Phil Jr., played songs made famous by Cal Tjader and Lionel Hampton.

Jen lead the band with her solo on "St. Louis Blues"

Nick chose a Herbie Hancock original: "Cantalope Island" for one of solos.

Laura sang an assortment of songs from the big band era through the library of Ray Charles.

From the Broadway Stage of the 70s, Billy Grey did the Bobby Darin rendition of "Mack the Knife."

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Rina Burch

The people enjoyed listening to the Phillip James Orchestra last Monday night, and the Pelham Gazebo is a great place. The kind that can inspire you to get one for yourself, while you still have summer space, and those gazebo kits that are so easy to install. It's the kind of home project that's perfect to bring the family together over the weekend.

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