Nevada City United Methodist Church invites the community to join in a Fat Tuesday celebration at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the sanctuary located at 433 Broad St., Nevada City. Mardi Gras (“Mardi” in French means Tuesday; “gras” translates as “fat”) is celebrated in many ways. Locally there is a masquerade ball, music and a parade. Fat Tuesday is the evening before the beginning of the Christian season of Lent. Because Lent is a time of introspection and fasting, Fat Tuesday is a day of celebration and feasting. One of the Fat Tuesday traditions is called a hymnal. The people gather for a celebration of music, while singing and hearing the “good old hymns” of the faith played in Dixieland Jazz Style.
Nevada City UMC invites the community to join us at the top of Broad Street for a hymnal with the Fulton Street Jazz Band from Sacramento led by Bob Ringwald. This is not a fundraiser and is offered free to the community. A good-will donation will be taken for the band.
Ringwald is a multi-talented musician who has formed and led several bands, including the Great Pacific Jazz Band in L.A. and the Fulton Street Jazz Band in Sacramento. From 1970 to 1973, he was the intermission pianist at Turk Murphy’s famous San Francisco nightspot, Earthquake McGoon’s.
From 1979 to 1995, he hosted and produced Bob Ringwald’s Bourbon Street Parade, a weekly jazz radio show on KCSN-FM in L.A. In 1998, he appeared with his daughter, Molly Ringwald, in the movie “Twice Upon A Time.” In October 2005, he returned to Sacramento and took over as leader of the Fulton Street Jazz Band.
Joining him is Paul Edgerton on reeds. Edgerton earned his music degree from the University of Colorado and played in Your Father’s Moustache Band and the Hot Tomatoes. He joined FSJB in 2003. Jim Maihack will be on trombone. Also featured are Vince Bartels on drums. Bartels’ sure hands and authoritative style provide the foundation for Fulton Street’s powerful sound and drive. Darrell Fernandez is on bass. Fernandez was raised in Hawaii and was active in its jazz scene since 1975. He moved to Sacramento in 1990 and has been a sought-after bass player in local clubs and the Sacramento Jazz Festival. He joined FSJB in 2004. Bob Sakoi is on the trumpet. He performed with headliners including Tony Bennett and Sammy Davis Jr. in Las Vegas. After an 18-year retirement, he joined FSJB in 2005.
The musicians and unique Dixieland jazz music will be featured in a concert-like setting interspersed with liturgy and a sing-along of the old hymns. Afterward, there will be a free decadent dessert and coffee hour to meet the musicians and enjoy home-baked desserts.