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April’s First Tuesday @ Banter

April 2, 2012

You never know who will show up to sing, play and dance the night away!

Re-posted from Steve Horn via
Photos by Bob Ralph

Banter Bistro of Denton, 219 W Oak, Denton, presents
First Tuesday – April 3: 8-11 p.m. No Cover

Mr. Joe & Friends (8 p.m.)

Mr. Joe & Friends

Kicking off Banter’s First Tuesday (April Edition) with Dixieland Jazz in North Texas, is Mr. Joe (Pinson) and a corps of veterans of the Southern tradition usually associated with New Orleans. On a beautiful, spring evening, that is just where you might imagine you were if you were sitting in the crowd at Banter Bistro just off the square in Denton, Texas.

Sitting in with Mr. Joe – playing his trombone and singing, assisted by long time partner in crime “Captain” Dave Hume on trumpet, you may find Jeffrey Barnes on clarinet and soprano and bass saxophones, and Lee Schloss on tenor sax. Backing them up with rhythm and harmony often times will be George Merritt on banjo, Bach Norwood on bass, and Steve Prouty on drums. All together they make for a red-hot April night of Dixieland Jazz with all time favorites such as After You’re Gone, I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, All of Me, Tin Roof Blues and many, many more.

Le Not So Hot Klub du Denton (9 p.m.)

Le Not So Hot Klub du Denton

Following Mr. Joe  (Pinson) and Friends, comes the music lover’s delight, Le Not So Hot Klub du Denton. Greatly missing their founder, Andy Cooper (see below!) who is on the mend from a serious health setback, the gypsy jazz torch is kept burning by fellow band members. The original lineup is represented by lead guitarist Thad Bonduris who currently leads the arrangements and Leon Peek on rhythm guitar. Regulars in today’s Not So Hot Klub include Jeffrey Barnes on reeds and harmonica, Ginny Mac on accordion, Austin Smith on violin and Steve Prouty on drums. Regular bassist is Jacob Appelt. Guest musicians sit in frequently – you have to be there to see who.

Spoiler Alert!

Andy Cooper with sis, Harriet Cooper Moore at Banter, during the March First Tuesday.

Guess who showed up at the March First Tuesday? Andy Cooper, founder of Le Not So Hot Klub du Denton founder and clarinetist magnifique, escorted by wife Teresa, sister Harriet Cooper Moore was greeted by many friends, fellow musicians and fans.

After a successful open heart surgery to repair two blocked bypass grafts from his previous triple bypass surgery, Andy experienced a major stroke. The stroke appears to have been caused by a blockage ejected from his heart that traveled into his mid cranial artery. The stroked area affected roughly 2/3 of the right hemisphere of his brain.

While currently working on his recovery at Centre For Neuro Skills in Irving, Texas, Andy and his wife Teresa have been venturing out to various places such as the Fort Worth Zoo and his January 29

benefit at Denton’s Visual Arts Center.

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