The Gaslight Gershwin Band

The Gaslight Gershwin Band 

The Band from left: Dave Posmontier, Randy Shupp,
Dave Brodie and Ken Ulansey

Please take a moment to see The Gaslight Gershwin Band in action.  These clips come from our first performance ever at Luther Crest Retirement Community on July 8, 2022.

And below you can hear us perform at Maris Grove Retirement community on January 18, 2023:

Dave Posmontier

Dave Posmontier has been playing keyboard since the age of seven and has played professionally for the past 50 years.  Currently, Dave is playing, composing, arranging, teaching, and participating in educational jazz concerts, workshops, and clinics in schools throughout the area.  Dave can be heard on several CDs of Philadelphia area jazz artists and in 2010, released a CD, Posterity featuring his original compositions and arrangements.  He has recently released a live acoustic trio CD, Deep Pockets.

In celebration of its 100th birthday in 2007, the renowned Settlement Music School honored 100 alumni who have made a difference in the world of music.  Dave and his brother were chosen to receive this honor. 

Dave is a very sought-after pianist who adds his jazz stylings to many bands in the Greater Delaware Valley.  He also has his own New Orleans Jazz Band called Philly Stomp!

Ken Ulansey on clarinet

Ken Ulansey, Penn Council for the Arts winner, plays alto and soprano sax and pennywhistle.  He is a musical chameleon, having played contemporary classical music with Relache, jazz with his own award-winning band, Latin with Synthesis and Minas, and folk music with most of the area’s -- and even the nation’s -- leading songwriters.  Besides leading his own wedding band (Philadelphia Magazine's Best of Philly!) that specializes in Swing, Motown, Klezmer, Latin, Pop, Zydeco and Oldies, Ken has toured extensively in Europe, Asia and the States, played on nearly 200 recordings, and worked in collaboration with dancers, filmmakers, poets and storytellers. 

Dave Brodie

David Brodie started playing the electric bass at the age of thirteen and first took on the upright bass at nineteen while enrolled at Berklee College of Music.  After a year in Spain, he returned to his native Philadelphia where he quickly joined up with guitarist Jimmy Bruno, with whom he played for the next several years.  From that point, his reputation well established, Brodie has enjoyed a busy playing and recording career and has performed with some of the world's greatest jazz musicians including Kurt Rosenwinkel, Chris Potter, Seamus Blake, Steve Wilson, and Randy Brecker while performing regularly with some of Philadelphia's finest such as Larry McKenna, John Swana, and Joanna Pascale.

Randy Shupp singing Swanee

After college, I did no organized singing until I joined the New Horizons Senior Glee Club when I was 58.  With the kind encouragement of Director Selma Savitz I became a key soloist.  The Glee Club women especially loved my stylings on Broadway songs, and they would tell me, “Randy, you have to audition for a musical!”  One night I Googled musical auditions, and I found one at Old Academy Players.  I had never heard of the theater, even though it was where Grace Kelly had first stepped on a stage.

At Old Academy I met Don Kawash (three-time winner of the All-American Ragtime Piano Competition) who eventually invited me to join him in a venture he called Gaslight Productions.  Until his death in 2014, we entertained at retirement communities, churches, synagogues and even a university.  When Don died I began to develop his vision of making Gaslight Productions an organization that brought other musical performers to the same venues Don and I had entertained.

I had a couple more accompanists since 2014, but none with the incredible style, reputation, and experience as jazz pianist Dave Posmontier.  

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