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Beatty group returns to local dance hall

by: FILE PHOTO - The Jim Beatty Band get its start at McAnulty and Barry's tavern in Oregon City circa 1973.A tradition started circa 1974, in Oregon City with the Beatty Bunch’s early gigs tearing up the dance floor at McAnulty and Barry’s tavern, has moved up Highway 99E.

At the Milwaukie Elks Lodge, 13121 S.E. McLoughlin Blvd., on Sunday, Dec. 16, from 1 to 5 p.m. the Portland Dixieland Jazz Society hosts the Jim Beatty Jazz Band. Public admission of $15 includes no-host food, full bar and a large hardwood dance floor.

This is Beatty’s 60th year in music, 45 years of it spent in the Portland area. He’s from Jamestown, N.Y., and started his first band there. After a stint in the Army (where he graduated from the Army School of Music), he went with the Wolverine Jazz Band to the Bahamas.

by: SUBMITTED - The now-world-famous Jim Beatty Band, which got its start at McAnulty and Barry's tavern in Oregon City, plays a gig in Russia in 2009.“From there I went to New Orleans and joined the Jazz Saints, then back to New York with the Salt City Six,” he said. “I moved back to Jamestown, where I formed my second band and started a musical relationship with Wild Bill Davison that lasted some 30 years.”

In 1967, his wife, Pauline, and their two young boys moved to the Portland area, where his first jobs were with Monte Ballou’s Castle Jazz Band and the Muddy River Jazz Band. After that he restarted his own band and played several years at the Hoyt Hotel, often featuring Wild Bill Davison, Pete Pepke and Jim Goodwin.

After the Hoyt closed in 1972, he took the band to the Godfather Retreat. During that time, he staged Portland’s first traditional jazz concert at the Civic Auditorium to a sold-out crowd and also played several concerts with the Oregon Symphony.

“It was while we were playing at McAnulty and Barry’s in Oregon City that I helped form the Oregon City Jazz Society (now the PDJS),” he said. “Next I went back downtown to open Harvey’s and played there six nights a week for about three years. About this time I started playing the major jazz festivals around the U.S. and toured as a soloist in England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Holland, Germany, China and, most recently in 2009, Russia.”

Beatty is happy to be back in Oak Grove with his group that includes:

1. Solid showman Pat O’Neal on trombone and vocals.

2. The band leader for three years on the cruise ship “Queen of the West,” Reece Marshburn also plays piano and arranges for the Tony Starlight Trio and with Marianne Thielen’s group, the Bylines.

3. Dave Johnson’s seemingly effortless guitar and banjo playing with Beatty has had a run of 16 years.

4. Dave Duthie has been working with Beatty for more than 21 years. He is a powerful but sensitive bass player, and his work brings to mind the “father of the jazz bassists,” Pops Foster.

5. Sam Foulger is a talented young percussionist who had no trouble fitting in and swinging with the Beatty Band.

6. Marianna Thielen performs regularly in theaters and night clubs with her group, The Bylines.



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