The owner of a barbershop in Center City Philadelphia is keeping alive the sound of big-band jazz.
Hair stylist Lou Cioci, owner of “All About Hair” at 17th and Chestnut in Center City, has been moonlighting for decades as a trumpeter and leader (with Buddy Cifone) of the Clef Club Community Band.
Thanks to a donation from the estate of Murray Bloom, an inventor of medical technology used in pacemakers who had been moonlighting as a big-band arranger, Cioci’s Clef Club Community Jazz Band will be touring Philadelphia high schools.
Bloom’s widow, Susan Bloom, funded a series of spring concerts and promised an additional $7,500 to allow the 17-member jazz band to visit area schools.
The final spring concert was Monday when WHYY caught up with the ensemble.