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Independence Jazz Reunion

  • Jazz
  • Vocal Ensemble

About

The Independence Jazz Reunion originated in 1957 in Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania under the name of Pennsylvania's Six-Pence. At that time three of the boys were attending high school and three were attending the University of Pennsylvania.

Touring on weekends and vacations, as time would allow, the young musicians performed at over 26 colleges along the east coast highlighted by a concert in Carnegie Hall. They shared the stage with Eddie Condon, Billy May, Kai Winding, and Wilbur de Paris. They performed several times at the Bermudian, Elbow Beach Surf Club, and Princess hotels in Bermuda, and were featured in New York City at the Biltmore Hotel, Jimmy Ryan's night club, and the Village Gate. In 1959 the group released their first album, "The Saints Come Marching In", on Westminster Records.

That Summer the energetic young band toured Europe spreading their unique classic jazz/swing/Dixie gospel to the receptive European audiences. Upon returning, instead of auditioning for the Ed Sullivan Show as scheduled, they disbanded when leader-entrepreneur Rick Lundquist was drafted into the U.S. Army.