Jazz at the Library: Hot Cat Jazz Band rocks the house

The horn section belts out a tune with Tom Boates, left, on trombone and singer/trumpet player Ross Tucker swinging to the beat.

The horn section belts out a tune with Tom Boates, left, on trombone and singer/trumpet player Ross Tucker swinging to the beat.

Librarians weren’t trying to shush this group on Thursday, Feb. 4. The Hot Cat Jazz Band kicked off the Mardi Gras celebrations at the Southington Public Library with their brand of New Orleans-style jazz.  The group performed Dixieland favorites, as well as music by Cole Porter, George Gershwin and Louis Armstrong.

Photos and video by TAMMI NAUDUS

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Hot Cat Jazz Band plays for an audience at the library.

Hot Cat Jazz Band plays for an audience at the library.

The band plays a string of hits from the Big Band era.

The band plays a string of hits from the Big Band era.

A soothing sax solo.

A soothing sax solo.

Drummer Tom Palinko taps in rhythm to a string of hits from the Big Band era of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s.

Drummer Tom Palinko taps in rhythm to a string of hits from the Big Band era of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s.

Donn Doucette plays the bass.

Donn Doucette plays the bass.

Ross Tucker belts out a tune.

Ross Tucker belts out a tune.

Guitarist Steve Trombley

Guitarist Steve Trombley

Tom Boates plays the trombone.

Tom Boates plays the trombone.

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