Skip Parsons is a clarinetist and bandleader for the Riverboat Jazz Band. Parsons and drummer Tom Brown formed the dixieland band in 1955. The group has been playing around the Capital Region ever since.
On this episode, Parsons shares stories from being the main band for the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y., his decades-long stint at The Fountain (an Albany-based eatery and longtime haunt for area jazz lovers), and what it was like to have a surprise visit from Tony Bennett at a friend’s funeral.
You can find the Riverboat Jazz Band at McGeary’s in Albany every second Monday of the month (7-9 p.m.).