VINTAGE MUSIC MEMORABILIA
BOB EASLEY'S BAND - Olean, NY
Lois Easley-Piano, Bill Allen-Sax, Robert Easley-Drums, Cecil Stephenson-Guitar
JOHNNY GABRIEL'S BAND  -  1940'S
Johnny Proadfoot,  Dick Jordan, t, Arnold Tingland ,Jack Blackman, Jake Swartz, John Maniri, Johnny Gabriel
EARLY BATTLE OF THE BANDS - GARGOYLE PARK - OLEAN
OLEAN MUSICIAN BOB EASLEY
MEETS PRESIDENT JOHN KENNEDY'S
BROTHER - BOBBY KENNEDY - IN OLEAN
OLEAN MUSICIAN TOM GABRIEL SR.  MEETS
DUKE ELLINGTON - OLEAN ARMORY - LATE 1950'S
TOMMY GABRIEL BAND -  OLEAN  1940'S
Moe Filljones-Guitar, Ivan Wilson-Bass, Tommy Gabriel-Accordialn, Gene Klein
PAUL & MARY PSATHAS DUO - PAUL'S STEAK HOUSE - 1960'S
PAT AND THE SATELITES - OLEAN ROCK BAND  - 1959
Otts Antonelli & Pat Piccirillo - Guitars,  Wayne Lipps - Drums
Their Song ' Jupiter C' cracked 'Billboard's Top 100 List' in 1959
William (Bill) Easley
Olean's Contribution to the World of Jazz through his Career & Music.
Son of the Olean's Music Family -  Bob and Lois Easley - Olean, NY   
CLICK HERE  to experience Bill's music.
BILL EASLEY & BETTY KNIESER  MACDONALD
TWO OF OLEAN'S INTERNATIONALLY FAMOUS JAZZ MUSICIANS
SURPRISE ON-STAGE MEETING - NEW YORK CITY 2007
INTERNATIONAL JAZZ GREATS - 2007
L to R:  Jimmy Heath, Olean's Bill Easley, David 'Fathead'
Newman, Craig Handy
SPYDER'S WEB - LOCAL ROCK BAND - PICTURED HERE AT CUBA LAKE PAVILION 1969
DUKE ELLINGTON BAND PLAYS ST. BONA''S PROM - OLEAN ARMORY- LATE 1950'S
FEATURING THE GREAT SAM WOODYARD, DRUMMER
CLICK HERE TO SEE AND HEAR THE DUKE ELLINGTON WITH SAM WOODYARD
CLICK HERE TO VIEW SAM'S FANTASTIC DRUM TECHNIQUES
OLEAN'S JAZZ VIOLINIST BETTY KNIESER MacDONALD AND  
FAMOUS JAZZ PIANIST DAVE BRUBECK
- OLEAN DRUMMER -
AL CECCHI JR. ON TOUR WITH JACKSON FIVE - 1979
CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS BALLROOM - JOE ROSETTI BAND - 1936
Dan Ross-Piano, Carmilla Rosetti-Vocals, Joe Rosetti-Sax,
Leo Cecchi-Trombone, Al Cecchi-Trumpet, Kenneth Clayson-Drums
10th ANNUAL POLICEMAN'S BALL - OLEAN ARMORY - 1943
Maiden Voyage Engagement of Al Cecchi's first Orchestra - Mostly High School Students.
Front Row: Al Cecchi-Trumpet, Don Ross-Piano, Jeanne Brunell-Vocals,  Jack Blackmon, Leo Hartman,
Angelo Melaro, Harvy Schneiderman-Sax's,  Billy Johnson, Chuck Austin, Joe Harvey-Trumpets
MILITARY BALL - OLEAN ARMORY 1946 - AL CECCHI ORCHESTRA
Front Row: Jimmy  Fitzgerald, Leo Cecchi, Seth Bell-Trombones,  Joe Wild-Vocals,  Dom Minari, Red Guise,
Angelo Melaro, Dick Stillman, Eddie Kornvsko-Sax's.  Back Row: Bob Corkin, John Proudfoot, Billy
Johnson-Trumpets; Russ Sevrin-Drums,  Albert Cecchi-Bass, Elda Fitzgerald-Piano
.

EARLY 78 RECORD - OLEAN'S JOHNNY GABRIEL ORCHESTRA
WITH LOU RUSSO VOCALIST - RECORDED 1940'S
SONGS:  "I'LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS"  &  "THERE IS NO BREEZE"
LOCAL AREA BAND LEADER TOM GABRIEL SR. MEETS WITH
INTERNATIONALLY FAMOUS BAND LEADER GUY LOMBARDO AT
CASTLE INN MOTEL. GUY LOMBARDO ORCHESTRA WAS PLAYING
FOR A  ST. BONAVENTURE PROM
JOHNNY A & THE TOWNSMEN - POPULAR OLEAN AREA BAND OF THE 1970'S
This picture taken at The Bears Den, Portville NY   1976
L-R  Ken Hillman - John Artlip, Gary Pancio, Frank Barbaro (rear)
KAREN SIMON JOHNSON - VOCALIST WITH THE AL CECCHI MISS NEW YORK STATE ORCHESTRA - 1967
Karen is pictured with Al Cecchi band leader and Carol Chase Miss Cattaraugus County
Karen released a Jazz Vocal CD "HERE'S THAT RAINY DAY" January 2011  
Click Picture to hear samples from the CD
ANOTHER LOCAL  CECCHI BAND -  THE CASTLE RESTAURANT- 1960
Al Cecchi-Trumpet,  Al Cecchi Jr.-Drums,  Bob Cecchi-Bass
Al Jarreau
and
The George Duke Trio
'live' at The Half Note  - 1965

Allen Cecchi - drums
AL CECCHI WRAPS HIS LOCAL GIGS AND HEADS FOR THE WEST COAST  TO BECOME PART OF THE NATIONAL JAZZ SCENE
This Jazz Classic Gold CD, recorded live,  is a nostalgia trip back to the jazz scene of the 1960's.   Listen to a sample of this CD.....
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SHANNON AND THE MODERNAIRES  -1960'S
L to R: Elda Fitzgerald, Al Cecchi, Margaret Shannon Forness,
Greg Pancio and Kevin Kehoe
ANOTHER AL CECCHI BAND EVENING -  PLAYS POLICEMAN'S BALL 1950
L-R Back Row:  Jimmy Fitzgerald & Sy Bell trombones, Billy Johnson & Bob Conway
L-R Front Row:  Dick Stillman, Dom Minari, Angie Melaro, Red Guide, Eddie Leferdo saxes, Russ Severin-Drums,
Elda Fitzderald-Piano, Albert Cecchi-Bass
AL CECCHI MISS NEW YORK STATE PAGENT ORCHESTRA -
FINAL INSTRUCTIONS 1968
Band leader-Al Cecchi Sr. Al Cecchi Jr.-Drums, Back row; Leo Cecchi lead
trombone, Bob and Donna Cecchi production assistants.  
   QUARTET OF THE CENTURY - 1950'S
Moe Filjones-bass, "WATERGATE" Clyde Dickerson-sax,
Lou Giannechini-drums, Piano-unknown
SIMS MOLEY TRIO - EARLY 40'S - Village Inn
Sims Moley-drums,  Gene Kline-clarinet, Jim Fitzgerald-piano
THE FITCH BROS. ORCHESTRA IN AN ART DECO BAND PORTRAIT - 1932
Society band of depression era Chas Wenke-trombone, Charlie Adel-trumpet, Kay Fitch-banjo, Art Fitch-piano, Herbie lovitz-alto, Leo Horton
TOMMY FITCH JAZZ ORGANIST BAND - EARLY 1940'S
Charlie Adel-trumpet, Sy Bell-trombone, Albie Edel-trumpet
JOE HOUGHTON SILVER LAKE ORCHESTRA - OLEAN NY
Reputed to be a popular local  WWI College Band. More info anyone?
VILLAGE INN BAND - ALLEGANY NY 1940'S   
Moe Filjones-guitar, Gene Kline-sax, Jim Fitzgerald-piano, drums-?
AL CECCHI ORCHESTRA WITH TERRY McCABE
JAZZ ORGANIST - 1968
A YOUNG BOB EASLEY DRUMMER - LATE 1930'S
CARL WISNIEWSKI ORCHESTRA - 1938      
A top dance band in the region. Elda Fitzgerald-piano, Guy Dilley-bass, Carl Wisnewski-trumpet,
Lou Russo-Vocals
Lou Russo
A VERY  SPECIAL THANKS TO AL CECCHI JR. AND MANY OTHERS
FOR  THE MEMORABLE CONTRIBUTIONS TO.......

THE OLEAN MUSICIAN'S PAGE
LOU RUSSON PHARMACIST MATE US NAVY LEADING HIS 29 PIECE USN ORCHESTRA 1944
This picture appeared in the 1944 Christmas Edition of the Clark Bros. (now Dresser-Rand)  magazine.
Lou became Olean's most beloved featured male vocalist with many popular local bands. A talanted musician
AND vocalist.
Soul Singer James Brown chats with musicians from the Olean NY area in this 1966 photo.  Members of the
Aerovons visited the singer at his hotel while he was performing in Pittsburgh in May of 1966.  From left are Dora
Eisenhart, Dave (Butters) Eisenhart, Jim Housey, unknown, , unknown, James Brown, unknown, Johnny Bloise,
Margie Bloise and Jon Gary.                    
Photo from Olean musician Dave Dorson collection submitted by Floyd Smith
JOHNNY BLOISE REHEARSING WITH AEROVON'S - OLEAN BAND OF 1960'S                     JOHNNY BLOISE - POPULAR OLEAN  GUITARIST
OLEAN ROCK BAND "THE AEROVONS" HEARSE - WITH MEMBERS OF THE BAND - EARLY 1960'S
IT'S FUN TO SHARE THE MEMORIES
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