Dolly Fruzetti has a long and impressive list of credits as a piano player and singer. She is well known all over Southeastern Massachusetts. She and her late husband Bob performed together for 45 years. They worked as a duo, with Dolly on piano and vocals, and Bob on string bass. They did a lot of charitable work with this duo, often playing for patients in nursing homes. Bob was also an accomplished sax and clarinet player, and was leader of the highly regarded big band, Old Kids on the Block. Dolly worked with numerous four and five piece groups, and as a soloist. In 1992, Dolly and Bob started a 22-piece dance band, playing music of the 1940’s. In 1999, they started another dance band of 12 pieces. Dolly was the singer in both of these bands. Both bands are still playing and having fun. Dolly says she loves performing with the Diehards, and there’s no doubt at all that the feeling is mutual.
Alan Shapiro, trumpet, discovered his love for Dixieland jazz playing in his college jazz band, the Dartmouth Indian Chiefs. The Chiefs went on to achieve some success, playing in Symphony Hall, Carnegie Hall (twice), the Steve Allen Tonight Show, Jimmy Ryan’s Tavern on 52nd Street, at numerous New England colleges, and a glorious week at Bermuda’s Elbow Beach Hotel. Since college, Alan has kept his chops in shape playing in society orchestras, various jazz groups and big bands, and for the last 20 years in his hometown Sharon Community Concert Band and the Roy Scott Big Band. Alan lives in Sharon with his number 1 fan, his wife Marcia.
Rick Foster is married, and makes his home in Attleboro, MA. – Early in his musical career, he idolized Louis Armstrong, when all his friends wanted to be the next big thing to replace the Beatles. Forty years later, “Hello, Dolly” is still his favorite song. Rick’s career is a perfect fit for the Dixie Diehards. As a practicing music journalist, and songwriter, he also performs in a blues/gospel duo with his son and guitarist-arranger David — who also happens to be the bass player for the Boston rock band Final Hour. Rick also is a member of the Stone Street Strummers.
Dale Ellenberg is a practicing physician and educator in the Brockton area. But he’ll tell you he’s been a musician longer than he’s been a doctor. Studying drums since the age of 8 his early influences were Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich. His musical taste expanded to rock, fusion, blues and more recently Dixieland jazz.
Dr. Jazz, as we call him, manages to juggle a busy schedule between his blues band, the Dixie Diehards and the hospital. He lives in Bridgewater, MA with his wife, two kids, five cats and two llamas, that’s right, two llamas!