The Jazz Pharaohs jokingly refer to themselves as “Austin’s Best Wedding Band” – and they may well have fans crashing wedding parties just for the music. They’re a more traditional American jazz band, kissing kin of Austin’s Asylum Street Spankers.
On Old Man Time, Dave Biller trades hot guitar licks with clarinetist/vocalist Stanley Smith and Freddie Mendoza on trombone. The repertoire is pure standards as well as the band’s theme, “The Pharaohs Stomp.”
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