Cosmic Music — Jordan River Uptown Scrapbook

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.

Jordan River Uptown Band in 1978: Tom Krug, Woody Whitney, Curt Setzer, Hardin Davis, and Sandy

Jordan River Uptown Band: Tom Krug, Woody Whitney, Curt Setzer, Hardin Davis, and Sandy Duncan — from the article by Nick Snow in January 1978. (see below)

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

(L) Image from poster -- Hardin Davis, Mark Jardine, Sandy Duncan, Curt Setzer, University of Utah April 1977;  (R) Daily Utah Chronicle photo of Sandy, Curt and Hardin circa 1977*

(L) Image from poster — Hardin Davis, Mark Jardine, Sandy Duncan, Curt Setzer, University of Utah April 1977; (R) Daily Utah Chronicle photo of Sandy, Curt and Hardin circa 1977*

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Large-sized PDF of 1977 Poster

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Scalable PDF of undated newspaper blurb

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Up in the Corkroom, top of the Student Union Building at the University of Utah — January 20, 1978

Digital scan courtesy of Hardin Davis.

(L to R) Hardin, Mark, Sandy, Tom, and Curt — digital scan courtesy of Hardin Davis.

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Newspaper article by Nick Snow, January 13, 1978

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Large-scale PDF of 1978 Poster

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The Jordan River Uptown Band played at the very first Utah Arts Festivals on Main Street in Salt Lake City:

Digitally scanned courtesy of Hardin Davis.

(L to R) Hardin Davis, Woody Whitney, Sandy Duncan, Curt Setzer, Tom Krug is out of the frame at the far right. Circa 1978 — digital scan courtesy of Hardin Davis.

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Large-scale photo from the Utah Arts Festival photo in PDF format

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On Beyond the Cork Room — More Festivals and Public Houses

Jordan River Uptown Band shared stages with some remarlable artists in Jazz and Dance -- scans courtesy of Hardin Davis.

Jordan River Uptown Band shared stages with some remarkable artists in Folk, Jazz, and Dance — scans courtesy of Hardin Davis.

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Large-scale PDF of Home Town Folk Music Festival Poster

Hardin Davis helped start a long-running tradition of acoustic music at the Cork Room Coffee House

Article about the Cork Room from the Daily Utah Chronicle 1979

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.

Large-scale PDF of the Word Affair poster 1980

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:

Blank poster from The Pub, with business card from their regular Sunday Band -- courtesy of Hardin Davis.

Blank poster from The Pub, with business card from the regular Sunday Band — courtesy of Hardin Davis.

The Jordan River Uptown Band at The Pub in Trolley Square 1980

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.

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Laurie Bogart succeeded Sandy Duncan at the front of the stage:

 

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(L to R) Woody Whitney with fiddle; Laurie Bogart; Hardin Davis; Tom Krug with bass fiddle, and Curt Setzer — circa 1980.


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Large-scale PDF of photo (above) with caption — from the Daily Utah Chronicle

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.

In Concert — The Jordan River Uptown Band co-stars with Commander Cody

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The Jordan River Uptown Band played at Kingsbury Hall, Maurice Abravanel Hall (Symphony Hall), and other first-rate venues:

The east side of Desert Edge Pub in Trolley Square had exactly the same decor in 2013 -- photo by M.E.

View from the stage of “The Pub.” The east side of Desert Edge Pub in Trolley Square preserved the original 1970’s decor in 2013 — photo by M.E.

Kingsbury Hall 1981 — Rocky Mountain Music Festival

Mark Jardine joined Tenpenny, which specialized in Celtic Music, and the Oquirrh Ridge Drifters played Bluegrass.

Mark Jardine co-founded Tenpenny, which specialized in Celtic Music, and the Oquirrh Ridge Drifters played Bluegrass.

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PDF of poster and program from the Rocky Mountain Music Festival

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A Holiday at “The Pub,” and a Festival in the Mountains:

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Halloween Gala at the Pub (date unknown) and poster for a 1977 performance at Mule Hollow in Big Cottonwood Canyon (courtesy of Linda Huntington.)

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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.

(L to R) Dance poster from 1983; Photo from the Daily Utah Chronicle -- courtesy of Hardin Davis.

(L to R) Dance poster from 1983; Photo from Daily Utah Chronicle 1984 — courtesy of Hardin Davis.

Large-scale PDF poster of Ladies Literary Club performance

PDF: Press release for the Ladies Literary Club dance/concert

PDF: Hardin Davis at the Cork Room — Friday September 8, 1984

PDF: Random Notes, including the I Got Plans album, by Hardin Davis

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.)

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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 —

Four Songs sung by  Hardin Davis with Laurie Bogart and Sandy Duncan

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In Memoriam: Hardin Davis (May 27, 1945 ~ May 19, 2017)

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Photo from the family of Hardin Davis

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:

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From “Intermountain Acoustic Musician” — July 2017 (PDF)

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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.

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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.

Email: mike_evans_exile@yahoo.com

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About Michael Evans

Michael has lived in Montana, Washington State (East and West), Holland, and England, but he was born in Salt Lake City, and graduated from the University of Utah.
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11 Responses to Cosmic Music — Jordan River Uptown Scrapbook

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  2. haroldcarr says:

    I remember that Word Affair with the great Tonk Edwards: http://www.tonkedwards.com/music.html

  3. haroldcarr says:

    Cool, everyone is a “lefty” in the Corkroom poster!

  4. Tom Krug says:

    At last report, Rand Keith is in Florida (somewhere near Panama City). He still plays music with a few different bands, on a variety of instruments. His online work includes a daily cartoon called “Heuristic Sponge”.
    Tom Krug (which is me) still lives in S.L.C., still playing music. Spent most of the 90’s with Mocha Joe, now with Commodore Perry and the Polaroyds. Last played string bass with a local Hawaiian band (the Haole Boys).

  5. Curt Setzer says:

    There were many interesting people who sat in over the years.Blaine Hoopes played a terrific alto sax solo at the first Utah Arts festival on main street.Steve Shuklian often sat in playing the mouth harp..The late Scottish fiddle player Johnny Cunningham from the group “Silly Wizard” sat in with us one night ( he later went on to play in a group with members of “The Bothy Band”).Woody’s friend Albuquerque Dave would play fiddle when he was in town.Stu played in a trio at “Juniors”which included a bass player who also played with Mose Allison and Richie Cole.He sat in with us one night also.Orson McKnight took over for me on lead guitar one of the times we played Kingsbury Hall (I was out of town).I seem to remember Smokey Koelsch playing with us in the Union Ballroom at the U.of U.
    Some other bits of info- Ann Downey sang a lot of harmony,which helped out with the Boswell Sisters and many other songs ( I can’t believe we did “Was that the human thing to do?” but we did) Sandy often ended the night with “After hours” from Mo Tucker of the” Velvet Underground”. Tom sang “Fine Artiste”from” R.Crumb and the Cheapsuit Serenaders”and Hardin did Gilbert and Sullivan and Tom Lehrer!
    I’m glad to say we did several tunes composed by Django Reinhardt and Stephan Grappelli “H.C.Q.Strut,Minor Swing, and Stomping at Decca”
    Laurie sang “Lush Life”with Hardin on solo guitar,also can’t forget that Hardin always got a resounding response when he did “Garbage”

    Some of the songs we did were: Ain’t Misbehavin,Undecided,Lady be good,Gee,Baby ain’t I good to you,Two Sleepy people,Ukelele Lady,Summertime,S’wonderful,Dogone I done it,Honeysuckle Rose and Stupid Cupid.

  6. Ann Downey says:

    Hello Michael. It’s great to read these memories. I’ve been away from SLC since 1984, but remember my few years (81-83? maybe? I can’t remember when Hardin left to go to school and came back. When did he open Acoustic Music?) with Jordan River Uptown band as if there were many more of them. Great to see Curt on here too (Hello Curt!). I live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and still play and sing as much as possible. I spent 25 years touring with a trio called Finest Kind — now we just sing close to home here at Christmas only. Otherwise I keep my hand in on whatever music I can manage to sing, play bass or clawhammer banjo in. I loved JRUB — we played mostly at Trolley Square during my time. We used to do what Hardin called the Sugar Suite — consisting of the Boswells version of When I Take My Sugar to Tea (Hardin and Laurie trading leads), My Sugar is So Refined., and…. I think….I’m Gonna Salt Away Some Sugar. Anybody remember more? And Red Clay Ramblers numbers, Merchant’s Lunch, and I’ve Got Plans, which was also the title of Hardin’s LP. Many thanks for giving us the chance to dig into the hard drive for these memories. RIP Hardin.

    • So happy to hear from you, Ann — thanks for the vivid details of your shows.
      If you have a picture of you and/or your group, and iff you email it to me, I will be happy to put it on the Jordan River Uptown Band page!

  7. Curt Setzer says:

    Hardin,Sandy,and Stu it was great being with all of them,eventually we will all (I guess)get together on the “Celestial” plane.It was great to have Hardin as a friend and a terrific “front man” for a good time that was masquerading as an acoustic swing band.
    Great to hear from you Ann! Too bad it has to be on this sad occasion.Hope we can keep up some communication!

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