"It's been one helluva ride"
by Dennis N. Griffin and Jazzin' Jeanne Brei
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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.