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House Party Tonight- The Career of Legendary Saxophonist Don Hill
House Party Tonight- The Career of Legendary Saxophonist Don Hill House Party Tonight- The Career of Legendary Saxophonist Don Hill

House Party Tonight- The Career of Legendary Saxophonist Don Hill

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The Treniers, pioneers of rock and roll, were one of the longest running musical groups in history, performing continuously from 1948 through 2003. They played all across the United States from Los Angeles to Boston, Chicago, New York, Miami, Atlantic City and all points in between. But their favorite venue was Las Vegas, where they were a staple in the casino lounges for decades. A black group early in their career many of the establishments they performed in were white-only and The Treniers had to be escorted into and out of the venue by a white person. But the discrimination of those early days didn't stop them. They persevered and became one of the most sought after groups in America and beyond.

Legendary saxophonist Don Hill played with famous bandleaders such as Louis Armstrong and Gerald Wilson before becoming a founding member of The Treniers. He was still with the group when they finally disbanded in 2003. Today, at the age of 91, Don plays with the Speakeasy Swingers in Las Vegas and his sax continues to produce the sweet sounds it did 54 years ago.

Don tells his remarkable story in House Party Tonight, supplemented with dozens of photos taken over the years. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in rock and roll or black entertainment history.

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12/3/2012

A Fun Book to Write

When a friend asked me if I'd be interested in writing a book about an entertainer, I was reluctant. My previous books had all been crime-related and I wasn't sure how I'd do in the entertainment realm. But I agreed to at least meet with the subject of the book, musician Don Hill, to see what the project would involve. it was a decision I'll always be thankful for making.

I not only got to meet the fantastic saxophonist and his wonderful wife Gloria, but to also meet or at least talk with, great entertainers such as Bill Cosby, Mel Tillis, Bobby Vinton and Sonny Charles.

The relationships I developed while writing Don's book will remain one of the highlights of both my writing career and my personal life.

Thank you Don!

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