[revolving note] [Avenue A: the road to great music]

A unique mix of swing, jazz & fun music from the 20's thru today.


Avenue A Concerts & Events 2020

[Diane (keys), Phil (sax) and Dick (trumpet)]


Schedule is subject to change due to weather and other events we can't control, like pandemics. Please check back to confirm dates and appearances.

Some concerts may be limited to town residents due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please bring your mask and remember to physically distance.

Avenue A performs swing, jazz, standards and popular music from the 1920's through today at parties and special events throughout southern New England. Whether you need music for your wedding or your fiftieth anniversary, a gala event or your fiftieth birthday party, Avenue A can provide the classic sound you're looking for without breaking the budget. Contact us about booking your next event: aamusic[at]mac[dot]com or 401-334-3143.

Concerts 2020

  • July 27 (Monday): Narragansett Music on the Beach, 6:30 pm
    North Beach Clubhouse Deck, Route 1A, Narragansett, RI
    Food trucks and music on Narragansett Beach! Please note that parking in all Narragansett Beach parking lots is limited to town residents and Narragansett property owners only; there are also substantial fines for parking illegally. Walk on access to the beach is free for all after 5 pm.
    Sponsor: Narragansett Parks and Recreation
    Rain Site: Performance will be canceled.

  • July 30 (Thursday): East Greenwich Summer Concerts, 6:30 pm
    Academy Field, Spring, Rector and Church Streets, E. Greenwich, RI
    We return to East Greenwich for a concert in the heart of town. From Division St., take a right onto Rector St., then a left onto Spring St.
    Sponsor: East Greenwich Parks and Recreation, (401)886-8626 Extension 1
    Rain Site: Performance will be canceled.

  • August 23 (Sunday): Peace Dale Village Green, 5:00 p.m.
    325 Columbia Street, Peace Dale, RI
    Concerts in South Kingstown on the Village Green. Spend the day in South County capping it off with an evening in Peace Dale.
    Sponsor: Town of South Kingstown Parks and Recreation, (401)789-9301
    Rain Site: Performance will be canceled.

We are grateful for the towns that are supporting live music this summer. Please be courteous and wear your mask as required and observe physical distancing rules. We look forward to seeing you - safely and from a distance. Please give us a wave and feel to email us if you'd like to chat!


  • No other events happening currently as most indoor live music events have been canceled. But we hope to see you post-pandemic - stay well!

Avenue A is available for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, and other special occasions.
Our unique selection and presentation of music will compliment your special event.

Contact us at aamusic[at]mac[dot]com.

Download the Avenue A brochure [pdf]


What We Play

[Dick on trombone]Avenue A performs music from the 20's to today's adult contemporary, music that will please all ages. Concert performances feature our specialty of swing and jazz standards, along with a sampling of the many other types of music we enjoy playing, such as ragtime, boogie woogie, Latin and more. Upbeat arrangements of tunes made famous Glenn Miller, the Andrews Sisters, Duke Ellington, Nat "King" Cole, and others showcase the vocal and instrumental talents of the group.

Avenue A also performs as a function band for weddings, anniversaries, fundraisers and other special events. Our ability to play many different styles of music along with our varied instrumentation and great vocal harmonies makes us perfect for any occasion. Check out a sample of our songlist.

The band features keyboards, sax and/or trumpet, guitar, flute, harmonica, and drums. Everyone in the band sings, providing a variety of vocals and vocal harmonies. Whether you need a three, four, or five-piece group, Avenue A has the musical mix that will make your event unforgettable.


Where We've Been

[Phil on banjo]Avenue A began performing together in 1984 when vocalist Don Blais asked his college pal, pianist Diane Gualtieri, to back him up at a St. Patrick's Day party. Diane had been working with drummer Karen Mellor for a few years at that point, and suggested that she should come along, too. After playing mostly Irish music for five hours, the trio decided that they probably had a better future playing swing and jazz. Soon the group evolved into a general business band that played all types of music, performing on Bay Queen cruises for several summers and working steadily as a function band. In 1988, the trio had the good fortune of hooking up with guitar-playing saxophonist Phil Mullen, whose instrumental and vocal talents rounded out the band's sound. On top of that, he had similar culinary interests, which is a critical factor in most musical organizations.

[Diane on keyboards]Don has since retired and dedicated himself to cooking and singing classical music. Diane, Karen and Phil continue the Avenue A tradition, joined in 2000 by Dick Parent on trumpet and trombone. The addition of brass added a new dimension to the group, creating rich horn lines and an expanded repertoire and sound. From time to time, other regular substitutes may be found playing in the band including Dennis Cook (sax) and Jack Martin (trumpet). Depending on availability and client needs, the group now performs in configurations of three to eight players. Need a big band sound? Ask for Avenue A and the Dick Parent Orchestra, which features Diane, Karen and Phil on guitar with an additional five horns, a great sound for those big events!

Avenue A has performed for functions and concerts throughout Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts for over thirty years. The band provided the music for the annual Chance to Dance performances at the Providence Performing Arts Center for fifteen years, and Diane and Karen just celebrated their thirty-fifth year performing with the Bay View Players at St. Mary Academy Bay View's Manhattan at the Bay in Riverside, RI. Time flies when you're having fun!


Avenue A is . . .

Philip Mullen
Saxophone, Flute, Guitar,
Banjo, Harmonica, Vocals

Karen Mellor
Drums, Vocals

Diane Gualtieri
Keyboards, Vocals

Dick Parent
Trumpet, Trombone, Vocals

Band Manager: Karen Mellor
[Phil, Karen, Diane and Dick]

Avenue A.  If music's not fun, why do it?
For more information, contact Avenue A at aamusic[at]mac[dot]com or 401-334-3143.


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