On today’s show I speak with Jake Sanders, guitarist and band leader of The Cangelosi Cards. The Cards are an awesome New York based old-time jazz, swing, New Orleans music, blues, country band (that’s a mouthful, but they really range widely in their repertoire!). The Cards play all kinds of different gigs and have become very popular on the national swing dance scene. I became a big fan the first time I saw them, more than 2 years ago now and am very pleased to have Jake on the program.
The band has built up their following the old fashioned way, word of mouth and face to face. Jake started out as a street musician and built up the band, which is now achieving considerable success, from there. He talks about the beginnings of the band, their evolution and all the gigs and tours they’ve done lately. Jake also discusses some of his own background as a guitarist and plays some records from a number of musical styles that have been influential to him, and I play some recordings that I made of the band live at Banjo Jim’s in Manhattan. The Cangelosi Cards frequently play my Down Home Live show at Banjo Jim’s, which happens the 2nd Saturday of every month, and they play at Banjo Jim’s regularly, every Monday night. Check ’em out!
In the show I apologize for not having more recent live recordings of them. But I got one! So I just posted it. Check out this awesome live set by the Cards at my Banjo Jim’s show in Jan of 2009.