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The Phonotone Quartet

Traditional Jazz and Sophisticated Swing

It was in the summer of 2017, when a group of dedicated musicians decided to bring back the popular music of the 1920s, 1930s and early 1940s. This music is early jazz, swing and  syncopated dance music, a genre we call the “almost forgotten music”, although it was once the most popular music played in the United States and in Western Europe.

The drivers behind this undertaking have been two individuals:

Gerhard Bauer, owner and producer of PhonotoneClassic (, an internet radio station that plays dance music and traditional Jazz from 1925-1945,  who thought it would be wonderful to not only feature restored vintage music recordings, but to also perform this great music live for today’s listeners.

Kevin Hamby, an accomplished jazz / stride pianist and band leader, who took on the formidable task of putting together this  jazz combo.

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Initially, the Phonotone Quartet consistet of the following members:

Gerhard Bauer, vintage drums, Kevin Hamby, piano, Luis Lupercio, saxophone, Ryan Woempner, string bass .

Matt Risso, the talented drummer from our big band, has also become a steady member of the Phonotone Quartet.

Vocalists with the Quartet are Elizabeth Unpingco and Max Pease.

The Phonotone Quartet has been performing since 2017, with great acclaim from the audience.

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FOR jazz lovers

THE music you want when you want it

played by

THe Phonotone Quartet

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