Artist of the day: Dan Fox and the Rhythm Kings
On Wednesday nights, Dan Fox, 81, makes the trek from his New Port Richey home to the Heritage Museum in Tarpon Springs. There, he sets out a dozen chairs and music stands, then takes his spot as the leader of a 1920s and '30s jazz band.
Just 10 months in, the Tarpon Spring Rhythm Kings are a well-oiled machine, churning out songs that recall an era of bootleggers, bobbed flappers and Duke Ellington at his best.
Rehearsals go 2 1/2 hours at a stretch, as the band works through an ever-changing list of Fox's not-so-easy arrangements — The Mooche, Moonglow, the ballad A Garden in the Rain, and South American tango.
"This is the best band I've ever played with," said Christopher DeAngelis, a baritone horn player who also sits in with the Dunedin Community Orchestra and for theater pit bands in Pasco and Hernando counties. "I waited months for a spot to open here, and honestly, he (Fox) arranges so well, I haven't played one song I didn't enjoy."
For more on Dan Fox and the Rhythm Kings, click here for Michele Miller's story, or check out the video above.