International Globetrotter: Don Dworkin, aka Doc Scanlon/Reggie Dwightman

June 22nd, 2011, 11:01 am by Greg

If you’re wondering why you haven’t seen Doc Scanlon’s Rhythm Boys or Reggie’s Red Hot Feetwarmers playing around at any of their many regular local haunts recently, well, there’s a good reason for it. And now it looks like we’ll have to wait a bit longer til they swing back into town.

Tireless bandleader-bassist-vocalist Don Dworkin – whose impressive Nippertown music scene resume stretches all the way back to such nearly forgotten combos as the Star Spangled Washboard Band, Spongy Delights and the Fabulous Armadillos – has been holed up in China for the part three months, where he’s leading Reggie’s Red Hot Feetwarmers in their six-nights-a-week, 12-week residency as the house band at the House of Blues & Jazz in Shanghai. Their stint in China is latest to wrap up on Sunday, June 26.

But don’t expect to Don/Doc/Reggie around town any time soon. Instead of flying home, he’s headed directly to Europe, where’ll he’ll be leading Doc Scanlon’s Pan Atlantic Swingsters on a two-and-a-half-week tour of France beginning on Wednesday, June 29. Now that’s some serious jet-lag…

It’s will be Dworkin/Scanlon/Dwightman’s seventh European tour in the past four years, and this time around the Swingsters feature clarinetist Dan Levinson, guitarist “Bad Boy” Billy Collins and French washboardist-vocalist Stephane Seva. The band is playing more than a dozen dates in France from Paris to Bordeaux to Toulouse, including stage slots at the prestigious Monsegur Jazz Festival and the La Baule Jazz Festival.


Five Firsts: Don Dworkin of Doc Scanlon’s Rhythm Boys

February 23rd, 2010, 2:54 pm by Greg

Don DworkinNAME: Don Dworkin, aka Doc Scanlon
BAND AFFILIATION: Doc Scanlon’s Rhythm Boys, the Doc Scanlon Trio, Reggie’s Red Hot Feetwarmers
INSTRUMENT: Acoustic and Electric Bass

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … “Meet The Beatles”…unforgettable, neuron-shaking music…the perfect album cover, and I wore out the grooves. Still have it somewhere…I also remember the first time I heard “I Want To Hold Your Hand” coming out of the radio upstairs at my friend Johnny Small’s house. The transistor radio seemed to levitate.

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Bob Dylan and the Hawks (soon to become the Band), Kleinhan’s Music Hall, Buffalo, NY, Fall of 1966…Dylan just went electric at Newport Folk Fest that summer with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. The first set he was the earnest folk hero that people worshipped, then he brought on the Band, and they rocked. All of a sudden, there was a person or persons hitting cowbells in various parts of the theater and yelling for him to go back to his acoustic music. He had betrayed the Folkies!

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