Charlie Halloran and Chloe Feoranzo Return: A Musical Marathon

By Terry Perkins
In Culture

For Charlie Halloran and Chloe Feoranzo, this week marks both a homecoming and a musical marathon. From Wednesday evening through Saturday afternoon, you can catch Halloran and Feoranzo playing with the New Orleans Jazz Vipers  at Foam, Joe’s CaféFocal Point and Blues City Deli.

Charlie Halloran photo by John Dixon. Chloe Feoranzo photo by Eliot Kamenitz

Charlie Halloran photo by John Dixon. Chloe Feoranzo photo by Eliot Kamenitz

Halloran, who grew up in Kirkwood and has been playing the trombone since the fourth grade, has been living and playing music in New Orleans since 2008. In addition to tours with the Squirrel Nut Zippers and recording sessions with Jon Cleary, Halloran plays regularly in NOLA groups such as the Shotgun Jazz BandMeschiya Lake’s Little Big Horns, the Panorama Jazz Band and the Palmetto Bug Stompers. He was the driving force behind this almost non-stop series of shows after being asked to sub with the Vipers for a wedding gig in St. Louis this Saturday.

“Craig Klein, the regular trombonist for the Vipers, also plays in the band Bonerama,” explains Halloran during a recent phone conversation. “Since he was on tour with them this summer, he asked if I could sub for him in the Vipers for the St. Louis date, since he knew I was from there. So I decided if I was coming home, I’d try and line up a few more gigs.”

Chloe Feoranzo, who excels on both clarinet and saxophone, is well known to St. Louis music fans through her six-year stint with Pokey LaFarge as well as work with Miss Jubilee, is also sitting in with the Jazz Vipers on the band’s St. Louis swing. Although she’s only been living in New Orleans for less than four months, Feoranzo has fit right in to the NOLA music scene.

“I wasn’t actually sure I wanted to move here,” Feoranzo explains over the phone. “So I came down on a trial basis and stayed with Molly Reeves (guitarist for the Jazz Vipers), crashing at her place for a couple weeks. Now I love it. I’m playing with a bunch of groups already. A couple weeks ago, I played as a duo with pianist Tom McDermott, who’s originally from St. Louis, and that was great.”

By the way, if the Halloran name rings a bell with St. Louis music fans, there’s good reason. Charlie is the younger brother of guitarist Tommy Halloran, who has become a fixture on the area club scene.

Here’s more info on the four performances this week by Halloran, Feoranzo and the New Orleans Jazz Vipers.

Wednesday, July 20
$7. Sidney Street Shakers 9-10pm. New Orleans Jazz Vipers. 10pm-midnight.
FOAM, 3359 S. Jefferson. 314.772.2100.

Thursday, July 21
JOE’S CAFÉ, 610 Kingsbury Ave. 8pm.
Call 314.862.2541 for more info.

Friday, July 22
$15 in advance, $20 at the door. 8pm.
FOCAL POINT, 2720 Sutton Blvd.

Saturday, July 23
Free. 1-3:30pm
BLUES CITY DELI, 2438 McNair Ave.

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