In Memoriam

Sugar Blues.mp3

Listen to Hal play Sugar Blues


Harold (Hal) Needham

May 8, 1929  to  July 15, 2013


Hal began playing trumpet in Junior High School  lived in the Sacramento area from early childhood.  He  had a long career associated with numerous bands consisting of 4 to 8 pieces playing diverse music from dance to concert.  Jazz has been his focus since the mid 1970's.  Hal was a long time member and held many offices in the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society over 30 + years.  Hal  was the leader of the Black Tuesday Jazz band from 1999 to 2013 .

Jim Laveroni

April 26, 1953 to March 28, 2018

Jim Laveroni,  drums, has played drums since the age of 12. Self-taught, and plays all styles of music with equal skill from Rock to Blues. He was also a hand percussionist, and played congas, bongos and several other instruments of rhythm. Jim played with many Sonoma County bands and was the drummer for Black Tuesday Jazz Band as well as the Bechet Fantasy Band from August 2013 to March of 2018.