I’ve had the chance to talk to Jimmy Cavallo for a quarter century now. Back when I worked for the big daily, he and his bud Stan Colella even allowed myself and a photographer colleague to tail them around a downtown Syracuse joint called Styleen’s Rhythm Palace as they posed for the cover of their first collaborative album of their music, ever.
Their pride was obvious.
Jimmy’s coming back to his hometown this weekend to play music, on his sax, and sing with his band, the House Rockers, on the outdoor stage of downtown’s Festa Italiana and in a club, too.
(Older photo courtesy of Guy Capone; Newer photo from jimmycavallo.com.)
When I interviewed him on the phone from his home in Pommpano Beach, Fla., he sounded as vibrant at age 88 as he did those two-plus decades ago when that CD was being released.
He misses his friend Colella, who passed away in 2002, yes.
But he says music keeps him on his toes.
Cavallo still plays out down in Florida, two shows a week now. About to become four, he was quick to add. Not bad. Not bad at all.
I wrote about the guy who appeared in the classic Alan Freed movie Rock, Rock, Rock for my weekly Mark It Up community column for Syracuse Public Media site waer.org.
If you’d like to read my column, click the link below.
Here’s a YouTube clip of the scene of Cavallo and the House Rockers performing the title cut in Rock, Rock, Rock
Do you know anybody who continues at their main pursuit in life long past what is considered retirement age, and could you please share? Do you check out the pioneering rock ‘n’ roll sound of the B&W age, and if so, what are your favorite acts and songs and why? What’s your favorite style of music for dancing, and why?