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

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

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Avenue A Concerts & Events 2013

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

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

As always, the band is available for private functions!

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 2013

  • September 1 (Sunday): Last Night, Bristol RI, 4:15 - 5:15 p.m. ***UPDATED TIME***
    Independence Park, Thames Street
    Bristol knows how to throw a party, so come celebrate Labor Day and the end of summer here. Avenue A opens the evening festivities and the RI Philharmonic Summer Pops follows at 6:30. Get there early and bring a hearty picnic, a jacket and a blanket for an unforgettable evening as Bristol says goodbye to summer.
    Sponsor: Town of Bristol, (401)253-7000

  • September 17 (Tuesday): Eastern States Exposition
    West Springfield, MA
    Celebrate Rhode Island Day at the Big "E" with us!
    Performances in front of the Rhode Island Building, at 10:30 a.m.and 1:00 p.m. A parade, featuring some of RI's best high school bands, follows our last performance. A fun-filled day for the whole family - take the day off and come to the Big E!
    RI Tourism Council, (401)273-9100.

Other Events

These are not official Avenue A events, but they do feature official Avenue A members:

  • June 26 (Tuesday): Bristol County Chorus
    Fourth of July Concerts, Bristol, RI, 6:30 p.m.
    Rt 114 to Thames St., Bristol, by the Bay
    Diane and Karen back up the Bristol County Chorus as part of Bristol's Fourth of July celebration. 100 Proof follows at 7:45, with fund, soul, and rhythm and blues.
    Sponsor: Town of Bristol, (401)253-7000

  • June 29 (Saturday): Lobster Pot, Bristol, 8:00- 11:00 pm
    119 Hope St. (Rt. 114, just south of the Town of Bristol (or north of the Mt. Hope Bridge)
    Diane and Karen perform as a duo at this classic waterfront restaurant in Bristol. Join us in the bar.

  • July 18 (Thursday): Bristol County Chorus
    Bristol Concerts on the Common, Bristol, RI, 7 p.m.
    Bristol Town Common, between State, Church, High & Wood Streets
    Diane and Karen back up the Bristol County Chorus in their annual summer pops concert on the Common.
    Sponsor: Town of Bristol, (401)253-7000
    Rain Site: St Mary's Church, on the Common

  • July 25-28: Shrek the Musical
    Bishop Hendricken High School, 2615 Warwick Ave, Warwick
    Karen plays for the annual Bishop Hendricken Summer Stage production, always a fun time! This is a great show, with upbeat music and a great story.
    Bishop Hendricken High School, (401)739-3450 x147

  • August 1 (Thursday): Michael DiMucci and Friends
    Bristol Concerts on the Common, Bristol, RI, 7 p.m.
    Bristol Town Common, between State, Church, High & Wood Streets
    Diane, Karen and Dick back up tenor Michael DiMucci as he performs a concert of classic American songs, featuring works by Cole Porter, the Gershwins, Jimmy van Heusen and others in the style of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Michael Buble. This will be a swinging evening on the Common!
    Sponsor: Town of Bristol, (401)253-7000
    Rain Site: St Mary's Church, on the Common

Ongoing

  • Phil Mullen around Town
    You can also catch Phil with Reminisce and various other local bands.

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]


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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.

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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 twenty-five 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 thirtieth 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!

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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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