The images and PDF files on this page serve to document highlights in the history of the Jordan River Uptown Band, and were mostly scanned from personal memorabilia furnished by Hardin Davis.
NOTE: Larger PDF files can take time to fully open — we appreciate your patience.
The Corkroom, on the top floor of the Student Union Building at the University of Utah — April 8, 1977
Up in the Corkroom, top of the Student Union Building at the University of Utah — January 20, 1978
The Jordan River Uptown Band played at the very first Utah Arts Festivals on Main Street in Salt Lake City:
On Beyond the Cork Room — More Festivals and Public Houses
Hardin Davis helped start a long-running tradition of acoustic music at the Cork Room Coffee House
The Jordan River Uptown band played for the community at large as early as 1974, including shows at Trolley Square with Mark Nelson on bass, and Mark Jardine on fiddle.
Saxophonist / Clarinetist Stuart Curtis performed with Creative Graffiti, along with Uptown’s Woody Whitney. Curtis later joined the Jordan River Uptown Band on clarinet, and also replaced founder Russell Thomas Jr. in the Mainstream Jazz group on saxophone.
The Jordan River Uptown Band played regularly at The Pub in the 70’s & 80’s:
A partial article by Judy Hottensen from the Daily Utah Chronicle in 1980, which outlines more about the music scene around Salt Lake City at the time.
Laurie Bogart succeeded Sandy Duncan at the front of the stage:
(L to R) Woody Whitney with fiddle; Laurie Bogart; Hardin Davis; Tom Krug with bass fiddle, and Curt Setzer — circa 1980.
Sandy Duncan moved to Colorado. Rand Keith later blew the jug, Stuart Curtis played a swinging clarinet, and Ann Downey finally took over the string bass.
The Jordan River Uptown Band played at Kingsbury Hall, Maurice Abravanel Hall (Symphony Hall), and other first-rate venues:
Kingsbury Hall 1981 — Rocky Mountain Music Festival
A Holiday at “The Pub,” and a Festival in the Mountains:
The Jordan River Uptown band played many more high-prestige venues like the Hotel Utah, Abravanel Hall (built for the Utah Symphony) with the Deseret String Band, Wasatch Rascals, and Tenpenny, plus the Ladies Literary Club on South Temple, or “Brigham Street” as the city fathers attempted to rename it.
Hardin Davis became a partner at Acoustic Music in Salt Lake; Curt Setzer kept his hand in the Avant Garde scene around Salt Lake; Laurie Bogart moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Woody Whitney still performs with a trio called The Players in Salt Lake, telling stories with a mime, a musician, and a voice actor for over thirty years; The late Stuart Curtis played woodwinds in Hamburg, Germany in the orchestra pit for Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Cats through the rest of the 80’s and 90’s until it closed after the Millennium; and Sandy Duncan passed away in Colorado. Any reliable information about Tom Krug, Ann Downey, Rand Keith, or corrections concerning the material used above is welcome. (Read the comments for updates.)
Thanks to Curt Setzer and YouTube, we are able to listen to Hardin, Sandy, and Laurie at a unique moment in time when all three were able to sing together —
In Memoriam: Hardin Davis (May 27, 1945 ~ May 19, 2017)
Hardin Davis was the person who made this page about the Jordan River Uptown Band possible — read more about this fine man in the Salt Lake Tribune Obituary Section.
The Intermountain Acoustic Music Association published an article about his career in the wake of his passing:
We actively request your contributions of pictures, memorabilia, and oral histories concerning the Cosmic Aeroplane — please contact our blogmeister:
Blogmeister Michael Evans is an author and historian.
There is more about the music of Uptown veterans Curt Setzer and Stuart Curtis in his book — The Great Salt Lake Mime Saga and Amsterdam’s Festival of Fools.