"I don't how many of you remember the days of Cicero's basement...this was the place to see upcoming national artists and local artists who were getting off the ground. One my favorite nights was Sunday. This was jazz night. For years it featured the group Tracer with Ptah Williams, Darryl Mixon, Tony Saputo, Tom Byrne. What a group. Later towards the end of the basement bar days before they moved up the street, another band crept on the scene and played there carrying the torch of great jazz on Sundays. "OASIS". The group originally featured Reggie Thomas, Tom Byrne on guitar, John King on bass, the late Tony Saputo on drums, and the late Gerald DeClue on saxes. We first lost Tony to the success of getting a gig with Reba McIntire and subsequently the airplane crash that took the lives of some her band. We lost Gerald DeClue in a tragic car accident... We went on to get John "Puncho" Williams on drums and Scott Alspach on trumpet. We had some awesome times in the basement and the though the group hasn't been together for awhile we still often are confronted by fans and friends who haven't forgotten...Thank you so very much. Finally, Reggie is pulling it together for one more go round. Come out and help us bring back some of the memories. It won't be as awesome without ya."Joining former members Thomas, King, Williams and Alspach, alto saxophonist Jason Swagler will be sitting in for DeClue at tonight's show. Tickets are $10 each and will be available at the door.
Monday, July 07, 2008
This just in: The jazz-fusion group Oasis, which featured keyboard player Reggie Thomas and bassist John King (of Good 4 the Soul) and was a regular Sunday night attraction at the old Cicero's basement, is doing a one-off reunion show at 7:00 p.m. this evening, Monday, July 7 at the Bistro, 3536 Washington Ave. From King's MySpace page: