Gregg Gelb


Sep 22, 2013

Gregg Gelb and the Second Line Stompers are a NEW band based in the Raleigh area that plays New Orleans Jazz –  sometimes described as Early Jazz, Dixieland or Traditional Jazz.  Each player comes from many years of experience playing in and leading numerous different musical groups in the region, such as: Gregg Gelb Swing Band, Dave Wright and the King Rippers, Atomic Rhythm All Stars, Countdown Quartet, Squirrel Nut Zippers, North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, Dick Gable All Stars, and the Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra. The group has authentic New Orleans roots through Greg Cagle, our cornetist, who grew up listening to live performances in his house by authentic Traditional Jazz players in New York/New Jersey area and Steve Wing, our pianist, was born in New Orleans where he grew up listening to jazz funeral bands and learned to play piano from his mother, the late composer and producer Lee Wing.

Gregg Gelb, clarinet            
Greg Cagle, cornet and vocals
Dave Wright, trombone and vocals    
Steve Wing, piano and vocals
George Knott , bass            
Dave Albert, drums


Cornetist Greg Cagle was born into a family of jazz fans in New Jersey, and was immersed in New Orleans music and lore from birth.  He taught himself to play at 13 after summers of listening to some of the great New Orleans jazzmen jamming in his parents’ living room in the early 1950s.  Over the past 40 years he has performed with jazz bands throughout the southeast, toured Germany with the USAir Dixieland Band, promoted jazz concerts and festivals, and lived his childhood dream by performing with the likes of Art Hodes, Al Cohn, Maxine Sullivan, Dick Hyman, Ralph Sutton, Kenny Davern, Wild Bill Davison, Milt Hinton, and Spiegle Willcox.  He has lived in Cary since 1982. 

Steve Wing was born in New Orleans where he grew up listening to brass bands and other Crescent City jazz forms.  He first learned piano from his mother, composer Lee Wing, and later studied with jazz greats Mary Lou Williams and Yusef Salim.  Steve plays jazz as well rhythm and blues, rock, and other musical styles.  He has recorded and performed with vocalists Bus Brown, Melva Houston, and Frankie Alexander.  He lives in Chatham County, NC.

Dave Wright. “I’m a trombone player and a vocalist from Charlotte, NC.  I went to East Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte and East Carolina in Greenville.   I’ve been in Raleigh since 1992.   Recorded with the Tonebenders in 98, Countdown Quartet in 1999, 2001 and 2003, Squirrel Nut Zippers (Bedlam Ballroom 2000).  Played a long time around Raleigh for weddings, parties, swing dances, bars and clubs.   I’m a big fan of early and current New Orleans music.”

George Knott, upright string bass and tuba. George graduated from Broughton High School and East Carolina University and his Raleigh roots go back seven generations.  He leads the Atomic Rhythm All-Stars.

David Saleeba Albert, drums, a native of Noblesville Indiana, started his musical career in Elizabeth City, North Carolina playing Trombone, Flute, Bassoon and Percussion in the High School Band. He attended Berklee College of Music in Boston Mass during which time he was also a studio drummer. He finished his Music Education Degree at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC and became the Conductor of the Band Program in Elizabeth City. Ten years later, he moved to Raleigh, NC, where he was selected to start the Band Program and Chair the Arts Department of Leesville Road High School. Mr. Albert has mentored with Buddy Rich and performed with the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra as well as with Butch Miles, Joe Ascione, Milt Hinton, Don Menza, Buddy Baker, Vincent Herring and Tommy Newsome. Mr. Albert was a student of the “Tonight Show” drummer, Ed Shaughnessy. Dave was a member of the Dick Gable All-stars.

GREGG GELB is a saxophonist, clarinetist, arranger, composer, educator and band leader.  He began the Second Line Stompers this year and loves it! Gregg also is founder and player/director of the Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Society, co-founder and player/arranger with the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra, director of the Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble, plays and directs his eight-piece Swing Band, his La Fiesta Latin/Jazz Ensembleand performs with an 11-piece jazz group, Quintessence. He is a recipient of a Jazz Composers Award from the North Carolina Arts Council.  He has performed as saxophone soloist with the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra on many occasions. He was a Visiting Artist in the North Carolina Community Colleges and he has taught music in universities and public schools throughout North Carolina. Gregg grew up in New York and moved to NC in 1979 to teach in the Wake County Schools and he now lives in Sanford.