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Grenadilla Swing

Fred Richardson Trio

Think of Benny Goodman with his Quartet or Artie Shaw with his Gramercy Five.  We play Clarinet Jazz/Swing in the old style way with the energy and entertainment value of the first half of the 1900's.  Sing along to old songs, or new songs for the children.  We give you an acoustical sound that pleases young and old alike and is perfect for every setting. We played for 17 years on Sundays at Kozlak's Royal Oaks Restaurant in Shoreview Minnesota, but that is now closed.

Fred Richardson

Fred Richardson leads the organization with a cheerful and energetic clarinet sound and crisp clean vocals.  He has played clarinet, sax, and flute for numerous local Twin Cities bands and across the United States as a member of touring groups and on the Delta Queen Steamboat out of New Orleans.Currently working as the clarinet player in the Barbary Coast Show Band. In desperation he will also double on banjo or string bass. 

Dave McCurdy

Recently retired Professor of Anthropology at Macalester College in St. Paul, Dave plays guitar for the Fred Richardson Trio. He is also equally talented at banjo and piano, which he has played with many local Twin Cities groups and also in New Orleans during the French Quarter Jazz Festival.

Pat Schmid

Plays string bass for the Fred Richardson Trio Sundays at Kozlak's Royal Oaks in Shoreview. He has worked with many of the great bands in the Twin Cities including the Wolverines Classic Jazz Orchestra, Barbary Coast Banjo Brass, and numerous shows. Dedicated to live acoustic string bass, he also plays electric and Tuba and teaches young students to play at Bud's Music in Hopkins.



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