The Speakeasy Trio

The Speakeasy Trio


"nostalgic pop hits and hot jazz of the 1920's and '30's...George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Irving Berlin, Hoagy Carmichael, Fats Waller, Sydney Bechet and many others"



Ray Manzerolle (saxophones) from 1987 spent 11 years touring the world with guitarist Earl Klugh. Ray played such major festivals as Newport, Monterey, New York JVC Kool Fest, Nice France and the Playboy Jazz Fest and famous jazz venues: The Blue Note (NYC and Tokyo), The Bottom Line, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall etc. He recorded on Warner Brothers Records on half a dozen albums with Klugh and also with guitarist George Benson, with whom Ray did international tours and television programs. Since leaving these groups Ray has remained one of Detroit and Windsor's most sought-after and versatile jazz musicians. Ray is one of the few masters today of the unusual soprano, saxello and C-melody saxophones, achieving a truly unique "vintage jazz sound". In recent years he has deepened his involvement and study in playing the early jazz styles of the 1920's and 30's.

Mike Karoub (cello) has toured to many US states and recorded as a member of the Grammy-nominated James Dapogny's Chicago Jazzband and with New Orleans vocalist Banu Gibson. Between these groups Mike has appeared at The Smithsonian, The Kennedy Center, The Hollywood Bowl and on NPR Radio's Prairie Home Companion hosted by Garrison Keillor.
He has guested with The St. Louis and Atlanta Symphonies. Mike is one of the world's few cellists playing "traditional/hot" jazz: whether bowing solos, or plucking bass-like lines in the trio.

Hugh Leal (guitar and banjo) spent thirty years (1977-2007) producing jazz concerts: The Windsor Jazz Series, The Art Gallery of Windsor and Capitol Theatre Jazz Series. Hugh operated his Parkwood Records label (1983-2000), recording some of the last of the surviving 1920's and '30's jazzmen. Some of his productions were named "top 10 of the year" by The New York Times, USA To-Day, The Hot Club of France and other major publications. Hugh has toured to 35 US states as a member of Marcus Belgrave's Tribute to Louis Armstrong and with Dave Bennett's Tribute to Benny Goodman, including shows with The Detroit Symphony, Toronto Symphony and twenty other orchestras......See:


DVD Demo...recorded "live" at Cliff Bell's, Detroit MI

Set List

Samples of repertoire (not as set lists)
Duke Ellington: The Mooche, Creole Love Call, Ring Dem Bells, Mood Indigo...
Louis Armstrong: Swing That Music, Willie the Weeper, Wild Man Blues.....Sydney Bechet: Egyptian Fantasy, Swing Parade...Cole Porter: I Love Paris.....Irving Berlin: Puttin oin the Ritz...sets can be 45 min, to 1.5 hours