The Three Generations Of Jazz plays music from the middle of the 20th Century, including stompin’ hot traditional jazz, swinging blues, soulful ballads and original compositions.
Lloyd Arntzen (Clarinet, Soprano Sax, and Vocals), Tom Arntzen (Piano and Vocals), Georgina Arntzen (Vocals), Evan Arntzen (Clarinet, Tenor Sax, and Vocals), Arnt Arntzen (Plectrum Banjo, Guitar, and Vocals), Alan Matheson (Trumpet), and Jen Hodge (Bass)
Lloyd Arntzen has been a fixture on the Vancouver traditional Jazz scene in Vancouver for many years, His love of Sidney Bechet, Benny Goodman and Louis Armstrong shining through in his clarinet and soprano sax mastery. His son Tom has forged his own musical path, often playing his thunderous piano in Lloyd’s various bands, but mostly doing his own projects with his eclectic musical tastes. Tom’s eldest son Evan began joining Tom and Lloyd onstage from his high school days, and his lyrical Saxophone has drawn critical comparisons with and Bud Freeman and Eddie Miller. Now Tom’s younger son, Arnt, has joined the tradition of producing entertaining music for the dancing feet and discerning ears of Vancouver Audiences, playing the Plectrum Banjo in the tradition of Maurice Bolyer, and a jazz guitar influenced by Charlie Christian.
“I don’t know how that happened,” a mildly bemused Tom Arntzen laughed. “My father likes to say that he was born 20 years too late, because the music he loves most was popular before he was born, I guess that’s true for Arnt, Evan and I too, we’re 40 years and 60 years too late.”
There is, it’s true, a bit of ‘if you can’t beat them, join them’ irony to the Three Generations of Jazz, the act that joins the three in a celebration of vintage jazz. In reality it’s only a formalization, Tom says, of a musical melding of grandfather, father and sons that’s been going on at family gatherings for years. “We have a tradition of performing that music with my dad, at family gatherings. As far back as I can remember, right from the very beginning, Dad was playing this music in our living room, rehearsing his bands.” Tom said.
Regular gigs include North Vancouver’s Summer Concert Series, Crescent Beach Legion, West Vancouver’s Silk Purse, and New York’s Highline Ballroom. The Three Generations of Jazz have also appeared at the Harmony Arts Festival in West Vancouver, and the Pender Harbour Jazz Festival. The Three Generations of Jazz were most recently heard at The 11th Annual Lindy Hop Championships in Western Canada, Lindy Bout XI.
B I O G R A P H I E S:
Clarinetist, soprano saxophonist, and vocalist
Lloyd Arntzen has been arranging, playing and researching vintage jazz from the ’20s and ’30s for four decades. The style’s continuing survival in Greater Vancouver owes a lot to the elder Arntzen. He founded the Jazz Band Society in 1958 and the series of jazz band balls he started helped create the Hot Jazz Club.
Lloyd is a regular fixture on the traditional jazz scene in the Lower Mainland as leader of The Red Onion Rhythm Kings and Co-leader of Blackstick with his grandson Evan Arntzen, and as feature soloist with Sweet Papa Lowdown and Dixieland Express. He has played with Pete Fountain, Clark Terry, Chris Barber, and Bob Wilber. He has performed at major jazz festivals in Norway, Vancouver, Chilliwack, Victoria, Pender Harbour, Sacramento, CA, Sun Valley Idaho, Helena, Montana, and Tucson, AZ.
Lloyd is a respected songwriter, and his song, “Where The Coho Flash Silver” is sung by generations of BC schoolchildren.
Keyboardist and vocalist
“A very good singer, lots of range” -Tom Jones
Tom Arntzen has been a full-time pro musician all his working life. He has toured to Europe, Asia, and throughout Canada and the U.S. He has been featured at Victoria, Pender Harbour, and Gibson’s Jazz festivals.
As a stage performer and musical director, he’s done everything from Carousel and The Rocky Horror Show, to the ’50s of Red Rock Diner and Forever Plaid. As a bandleader he covers that and just about everything else for the corporate event circuit. He’s a versatile studio musician, and recently he sung chorus vocals for the new movie musical “Reefer Madness”. And onscreen, he landed a principal role in the film. He was also vocal coach to Will Ferrell on the hit movie Elf.
Tom composed, musically directed and sang on the national C.B.C. TV specials the Western Alienation Comedy Hour (Leo Award winner) and Comedy Night In Canada. Tom has also produced an album of original songs called Everyday Love.
Georgina Arntzen hails from Regina Saskatchewan. Performing in venues throughout North America, including New York City and Las Vegas.
With numerous TV appearances on CBC, CTV and a National HBO Special, Georgina also cuts a mean “Klondike Kate” in Western Canada.
Georgina currently sings with The Three Generations of Arntzens and appears at The Sylvia Hotel, and Frankie’s among other venues and Festivals in Vancouver with her group “The Hot Mammas”
Clarinetist, Saxophonist, and Vocalist
“…an exciting young saxophonist”. -Jazz Connection Magazine
This Capilano College Jazz Studies major won best senior saxophone at Surrey Jazz Festival, and has won Vancouver Dixieland Jazz Society’s Jazz Stars of the Future Award, Vancouver Civic Theatres’ Rising Star Award, and the Vancouver Tech Music Award and scholarship. As a member of the young traditional jazz band The 51st Eight, he has performed at major jazz festivals in Vancouver, Chilliwack, Victoria, Courtney, Penticton, Sacramento, CA, Sun Valley Idaho, and Bellingham, WA.
He has toured with Donnie Clark’s All-Gershwin sextet. Not only has he been doing a lot of playing with Lloyd’s Red Onion Rhythm Kings, he’s fronted his own quartet at Vancouver East Cultural Centre, is a regular soloist with The Society Seven and Capilano College “A” Band, as well as numerous combos in Vancouver. He Co-leads the band Blackstick with his grandfather Lloyd Arntzen, as well as the Brothers Arntzen with his brother Arnt. He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.
Guitarist, Banjoist, and Vocalist
Arnt fell into playing jazz when his grandfather Lloyd bought him a banjo. Learning from his older brother Evan Arntzen, as well as his mother, father and grandfather, he has since begun leading various trios and quartets playing Vintage Jazz, Rhythm and Blues. Arnt also frequently plays with the Jen Hodge All-Stars, Blackstick, and co-leads the Brothers Arntzen with his brother Evan Arntzen.
Alan Matheson is a Vancouver-based pianist, trumpeter, composer and arranger. He teaches at the music departments of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver Community College and Capilano University where he is an instructor in jazz piano and trumpet. Alan also leads his own big band, nonet, septet and trio and has written arrangements for jazz legends Clark Terry and Bud Shank. As well, Alan has conducted his big band tributes to Duke Ellington, Paul Whiteman and Louis Armstrong. Alan’s first CD “Intrada” was released in 2004 and his newest CDs “Duetti” and “Summer Evening” (recorded in Finland with bassist Wade Mikkola) were released in 2013 and 2015 respectively.
Jen Hodge is a versatile bass player based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Jen is one of the city’s most sought-after musicians, working as both a bandleader (Jen Hodge All Stars, Company B Jazz Band, etc) and a sideman (Diane Lines’ JUMP!, Universal Gospel Choir, Bria Skonberg, etc). Comfortable – and typically excited! – in a huge variety of musical settings, Jen has performed all over Canada, the USA, France, Spain, China, and in the Caribbean, and appears on more than a dozen albums. She has directed and played with groups for CBC Radio and CTV productions, is a regular at major swing dance events all over the Pacific Northwest, and frequently does top-call corporate work as well. First and foremost, Jen has a profound love for making music with other people and for performing, which is evident to everyone who hears her play.