For an hour and a quarter Wednesday evening, the Winthrop Junior Common room was the scene of a spirited jam session and swing contest attended by close to 500 people, and at the end of the contest Freshman Joe Pamelia, tenor saxophone and clarinet player, was chosen Harvard's outstanding swingster.
Pee Wee Russell, Bill Davison, and Gene Shraeder, professional jazz stars now playing at the Ken Club in Boston, livened up the first 15 minuted of the program with some old jam session favorites including "Royal Garden Blues" and "The Jazz Me Blues."
Pee Wee Excels
Pee Wee was in fine form and his famous "dirty" clarinet had many of his listeners' feet tapping in time. Davison's cornet solos and Schraeder's piano barrelhouse also drew plenty of cheers from the crowd. But two Harvard musicians, Stu Grover '45, on drums, and Pamelia, whose saxophone playing George Frazier, Boston Herald swing columnist, called in "the Bud Freeman tradition," stayed right in there with them.
After they left, the rest of the College musicians took up the beat and played until after nine o'clock. Paul Stein '44 was at the piano, ed hunt '43, and George Springer '42 were playing trumpets, Frank Lawler '44 was on clarinet.