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Dennis Griffin Releases Latest Book HOUSE PARTY TONIGHT

House Party Tonight  chronicles the career of saxophonist Don Hill and The Treniers and is told in words and pictures. Co-authored by Jazzin’ Jeanne Brei and true crime author and Las Vegas mob historian, Dennis Griffin. 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 …

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Dennis Griffin Signs on For New Book: HOUSE PARTY TONIGHT

Author Dennis N. Griffin has signed with publisher Geno Munari to publish House Party Tonight, the career of legendary saxophonist Don Hill told in words and pictures. A date in November is targeted for release to coincide with Don Hill’s 91st birthday. For those not familiar with Don, he has been a musician since 1935, when at the age of 14 he played all day on a Mardi Gras float in his hometown of New Orleans for $15. By 1944, he had played with the Alabama State Collegians, Gerald Wilson’s Big Band, Tiny Bradshaw’s Big Band and then toured with Louis Armstrong’s Big Band from 1944-46. During his three years with Louis Armstrong the band toured by train and blacks were only allowed in the car behind the engine, ensuring they would be covered in soot upon arrival. The band appeared in the movie New Orleans, which featured Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday and Woody Herman. In 1947 Armstrong decided to dissolve his big band and create his All-Stars six-piece combo. At that point Don formed …