Hi everybody, this is one I'm particularly happy and excited about!

One of my favorite people in the whole wide world is my Bennington College room mate, Charlie Zeleny. He and I had a musical act called "The New Punk Peanut Butter Band" where we each played guitar and sang. One night laying around our dorm room in about 1984 I threw together some fairly random chords and he added a spontaneous, whimsical melody to it. That theme eventually became an instrumental number we used to play on our gigs that we called "Why Not."

I had been thinking for some time about arranging it for Panorama and, when we got the May 25 recording session together with the quartet, I literally assigned Charlie's guitar line to the banjo and then divided my part between the accordion and tuba. Then, just last Monday, Panorama drummer Doug Garrison and I overdubbed a bunch of silly percussion effects to augment the carefree, cartoonish character of the track. The end result is a short, fun, catchy tune that I for one have been listening to over and over for the past 48 hours.

Thanks for your support!
Ben Schenck
Panorama Jazz Band
New Orleans, LA


from Song​-​of​-​the​-​Month Club: Good Music For You, track released July 1, 2020
Recorded May 25, 2020

Panorama Jazz Band
Michael Ward-Bergeman - Accordion
Patrick Mackey - Tenor Banjo
Matt Perrine - Tuba
Doug Garrison - Drum Set, Quijada (jawbone), Flexatone, Frog Scraper
Ben Schenck - Tambourine, Agogo Bells, Glockenspiel
Songwriters - Ben Schenck (ASCAP/Snack Daddy Music) and Charles Zeleny
Recorded, edited, mixed and mastered by Lu Rojas at Oak Street Recording, New Orleans, LA
Photo by Greg Miles
Graphic design - Ben Schenck


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The Panorama Jazz Band and the Panorama Brass Band have been working steadily in New Orleans and beyond since 1995. Many hundreds of nightclub gigs, festivals, weddings, crawfish boils and Mardi Gras parades have added to this community of musicians' collective experience, all of which they bring to each of their recordings. ... more

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