"They nearly stole the show from B.B. King with their rollicking mix of swing, jazz and early rock 'n' roll."
- BENNINGTON BANNER, BENNINGTON, VT
"...music that gets you jumpin' and dancin'."
- WOODSTOCK TIMES, WOODSTOCK, NY
"...they offered up compelling proof that their presence at the Newport Jazz Festival was no fluke. From the tried and true to the more obscure, the Boys went over big. And rightly so."
- SARATOGIAN, SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY
"They get down and rock out with the best of 'em ... plenty of kick... some tasty jazz licks, too."
- METROLAND MAGAZINE, ALBANY, NY
"... a hip sensibility, a soulful heart and a big dance beat."
- BERKSHIRE EAGLE, PITTSFIELD, MA
"... a band that keeps getting better and can turn on a dime between black ties and blue jeans."
- THE RECORD, TROY, NY
"... a household name in the Hudson Valley, and for good reason, crowd-pleasing delicious sounds for fans of jumpin' jive, swing and rock 'n' roll."
- HUDSON VALLEY MAGAZINE, NY
"The concerts were a great success, highly praised by the press.... an outstanding event in the musical life of the city."
- JAZZ PHILHARMONIC HALL, ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA
"Their outstanding musicianship has brought joy to young and old and added to our quality of life in the Capital District."
- PROCLAMATION OF "DOC SCANLON'S RHYTHM BOYS DAY" by MAYOR THOMAS WHALEN
For over 20 years, DOC SCANLON has entertained the capitals of the world from Albany, New York to St. Petersburg, Russia with an exciting blend of Big Band Swing and Jumpin' Rhythm & Blues. The band has been a popular concert and club attraction both on their own and in appearances with such diverse performers as B.B. King, Asleep at the Wheel and the late Woody Herman. Audiences can't resist the boogie-down feeling of classic standards by Louis Jordan, Glenn Miller, Nat King Cole or Ray Charles.
Doc Scanlon's signature sound is based on the hot horn section of Riff Baxter's trumpet and Cliff Lyon's tenor sax, backed by the tight rhythms supplied by Don Young on guitar, Gene Garone on drums and Reggie Doc Scanlon on bass. All the band members share smooth lead and harmony vocals culminating in a powerful, punchy big sound - a bigger sound than people ever expect from a small combo. The icing on the cake is the magical, magnificent vocal stylings of songbird Colleen Pratt.
All live performances feature a selection of favorites from the band's repertoire - a versatile combination of jumpin' blues, big band swing, classic Motown and 1950's & 60's roots music
They currently tour up and down the East Coast and enjoy rabid receptions in such cities as Boston, Mass. and Washington, D.C, as well as their home turf in Upstate New York. Whether they are playing a exotic foreign capital or a town concert, you can always be sure that Doc Scanlon gets the room rockin' and the joint jumpin'!
HISTORY OF THE BAND
In late 1977 a few local Albany, New York musicians who shared a love of the small combo swing of Fats Waller, Benny Goodman and Django Reinhardt formed a band. They chose a name that included a reference to the film, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest and another one to legendary crooner Bing Crosby's first band, The Rhythm Boys. They simply wanted an opportunity to play some swing jazz on off nights from their regular bands. Little did they think that 25 years later the band would have traveled to Russia and Finland, performed at the famous John F. Kennedy Center For the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., and been a spark to various dance revivals, public concerts and private parties.
In the 1990's, the band made their two trips to Russia and Finland where they performed in concerts and clubs and as part of the festivities surrounding the world-famous Goodwill Games held in St. Petersburg, Russia; the same years also saw the Rhythm Boys in Finland to perform at the famous Pori Jazz Festival. They were also chosen to perform at the prestigious Newport Jazz Festival in Saratoga Springs, NY.
In the past, they were chosen by one New York Governor to play his wedding and the new Governor to help headline his Inaugural Gala. They also have five CDs on their resume: Doc Scanlon's Jumpin' Jam (2006), Silver (2003), Prescription For Rhythm (1993), "Live at Albany's First Night (1997), and " Rumble Seat (2000). In 1999, the Mayor of Albany, New York designated a day in the Rhythm Boys' honor to celebrate 20 years of performances. .
This coming year the band will be releasing their sixth CD - showcasing their powerhouse horn section, riveting rhythms and knockout harmonies.