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Kelly's Platoon

Kelly's Platoon
Molokai, Hawaii

Left to Right: Kaliflowa, Ray Kelly, and Lena Kelly

The Concord Junction Golden Redeemer Jazz Band as it appeared on it's way to a society bash in the early 60's.

Lt. to Rt: Dan Comins, Coburn Benson, Sandy Macone, Rick McWilliams, John Lennon, Stan Wassel.

The Official Home Page of

Sandy Macone Concord Junction

A special thanks to Bill Anderson and Dan Beach for keeping the past upon its throne.
Their loyalty to the moment and love for the past commanded them to preserve
the photo negatives and recordings you can enjoy here at sandymacone.com.

      In the 60's, New Orleans has George Lewis, SanFrancisco has Turk Murphy and Concord Massachusetts has Sandy Macone's Concord Junction Golden Redeemer Jazz Band.  It was an extravaganza of music, events and high times that has never been repeated. Riverboats, Turk Murphy concerts, film wrap parties complete with movie stars and the nightly beat of jazz eminating from the 3rd floor of 6 Main Street, "a mythical place". All who participated look back with happy memories on a time unique in Concord's history ~ certainly ranking with other revolutions both literary and political.
      For years Sandy has considered ways of reviewing these times not only for those who were there but also for those who have only heard about them. Here at last is the true story! Weaving past and present together, Sandy and his web team, Jon Fleming and Sam Abbott, are creating a photographic and musical journey though the life of the man who took the pictures and recorded the music while building the boats and playing the music.
      Those years at 6 Main Street didn't happen in a vacuum. The mind that spawned them was creating havoc in many forms through his youth and education in the military service. He did not stop when he left for the west coast to write for TV and find fame under a boat as the Emperor of Venice. Nor did the music stop when reggae grabbed his heart guiding him toward Jamaica and his current role as Founder of Haile High, a computer school for handicapped children in Montego Bay. This then is the story of a life lived in many times and in many ways. This is "Alessandro" The Autobiography of Sandy Macone by Kaliflowa.
      If there is a theme to the adventures of Alessandro it is communication. Since building his first camera at age nine, he has worked to open communication between people with his pictures, his music and now with Haile High. It is hard to believe reading an email from one of the students, that without Haile High, these kids would never have the opportunity to run a computer let alone have their future brightened by the prospect of computer related careers. In fact, in Jamaica, their chances of finding any job are practically nil.
      Whether this web site brings back fond memories for you or if you just enjoy the history and the music, please consider making a donation. Throughout this web site you'll be able to play excerpts from the tape collection of Sandy Macone. Your $50 donation adds to a music scholarship in Reggie's name through CAMPSA and supports Haile High as well as bringing you the CD of your choice. We appreciate your support and trust you will treasure this visual/auditory history of a time unique to Concord. Bookmark SandyMacone.com and tell your friends. Keep watching, there's lots more to come!

Unless otherwise noted, all photographs and text are the property of Kali Creation and KROK Recordings © 2004.

The Golden Redeemer Jass Band on Main Street on Concord's 375th birthday

The event was Concord’s 375th birthday, with a parade that featured 90 units and floats involving over 600 people, 44 horses, 7 marching bands and 7 other musical units… but the float that took the cake was that of the Emerson House.  Drawn by Taylor Bemis with the Hutchins Farm tractor, the theme was Ralph Waldo Emerson’s dictum to “hitch your wagon to a star”.

The Concord Golden Redeemer Jass Band at Hutchins Farm

Manning the reins of an old farm wagon was RWE's great grandson, Dan Emerson.  Beside him was Lynn Hyde, playing the role of Lydian Emerson.  At the tailgate was the undefeatable Concord Junction Golden Redeemer Jazz Band with Selah Smart on drums, Bob Macone (90 years old) on clarinet, Eric Baldwin on banjo, Albie Bernard, tuba, and Sandy Macone on soprano sax.  Though the smallest band on the simplest float, the Emerson entry walked away with the biggest piece of the cake – a perfect example of Mr. Emerson's shortest quotation: SIMPLIFY!

(Left to right: Eric Baldwin on banjo; Bob Macone on clarinet; Selah Smart on drums; Sandy Macone on fishhorn; albie Bernard on tuba.)

The CJGRJBon their first boat

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The Macones in 1917

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Sid and Sandy together again!

It was a glorious spring day, with intermittent showers. 153 Summer Street was a swirling tornado of activity … Sid was coming! Floors were vacuumed, furniture dusted, lawn mowed, cobwebs cleared from rooms still sleeping off winter. Sid was coming.

Sandy, Sam, Sid & Ruth

Though still tired from the trip from Moorhead, Sid and Ruth Morton arrived with smiles on their faces. Hugs broke appraising looks as the two partners met again after many years. The stories flew fast: One beginning it, the other laughingly telling his side. All the photographic successes and brilliant saves by the team were reviewed. After all they were, first, last and always, photographers. The best in the business of technical photography back in the 1960's. They discussed the current trends in photography and all that they had done since they had been partners in the '60 in Concord.

Ruth and Sam found friendship in discussing gardening and crafts. Ruth, a Master Gardener, even appreciated the new beds of morning glories and gladiolas that were still only seeds. Her pictures of her woven hangings drew sighs from Sam at their beauty.

But the day was flying and there was only time for one or two fast pictures. Stay tuned for a special retrospective of the partnership that ignited the Mythical Place - 6 Main Street.

Triumphant Return
of the
Concord Junction
Golden Redeemer Jazz Band

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Jean Kelly with the Concord Junction Golden Redeemer Jazz Band on the Concord River 1981 with Sandy Macone, Ernie Clark, Bill Batten, Dave MacMillan, Tom Blanding, and Old Yeller the famous piano from 6 Main St. on Capt. Jim Macone's paddle wheel boat the General Otis Whitney. Photo by Dan Beach


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Jeannie Joins The Saints!


Jeannie's memorial service will be at
the 1st Parish Church in Concord
on October 9th at 11 am. See you there!


Concord Junction Golden Redeemer Jazz Band

John Macone

Chick Mayo


Wally Macone

Reg Phillips

Bill Batten

David Pitts
Kim Macone

Helen Roach

Draggy McKenna

The Saints

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Twylah and Sam




Stay tuned to the Unabridged History of the CJGRJB for the stories behind the following pictures and much more!


The CJGRJB on the road. Lft to Rt: Peanut Macone, Reg Phillips, Kim Macone, Chick Mayo, Jim Macone, Bill Batten, Sandy Macone and Ed Hovagimian. Kristin Macone is sitting on the running board. The band was a family affair.
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Kali at the reunion of the High School Class of 1953, he only attends every 50 years.


The original Concord Junction Golden Redeemer Jass Band circa: 1960. John Lennon, Bob Cummings, Sandy Macone and Stanley Wassle

      The youth standing in the wings is Danforth Comins twiddling his valves as he prepares to step into the Brotherhood of Over-the-Hill Musicians. In this picture he has yet to earn the silly uniforms we donned. The patrons liked them and wearing them let us smuggle friends into the parties we played. Sitting at a table out of view of the camera is a young David Whitney whose mother (see her painting of the CJGRJB) brought him hence probably because we were playing in a church. ~ Oh Lord, Mother! Look what we done to your son! Dan is now the leader of the Titanic Jazz Band www.titanicjazzband.com.


An early poster for a gig at Macone Sporting Goods, another “mythical place” in old Concord town.


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Connie Stevens

      In town for a shoot, actress Connie Stevens drops by with some friends. Sandy, displaying his just-wounded-Hollywood-gangster look clutches Connie with his famous "what have we here" grasp, while guest John Ehrenfeld gets ready to spring for his grab at the star.
      Looking on is producer Bud Yorkin. To the left rear, banjoist Joe Masters directs Norman "All In The Family" Lear as he auditions a local actress. In the right background are unidentified members of the Watch and Ward Society.

Maureen as Jane in "Tarzan, The Ape Man" with Johnny Weissmuller
circa 1932


Maureen O'Sullivan gives Bif Baker an air-to-beer refueling as he strums his washboard with the band.


      Lt - Rt: Rick MacWilliams (our first tubaist) lost in the genius of Reggie's hands, Reg (who always wore plaid), Sandy (in his famous burlap bag sports coat), Danforth Comins (having finally earned his straw hat and thirst), John Payne on clarinet, Joe Masters on banjo and the Honorable Sidney F. Morton displaying his famous "downing a frosty" pose.

Christmas Party

Christmas Eve at 6 Main Street


The band in full swing during a recording session at Six Main Steet

(lft to rt ) Wally Macone on washboard, Jerry Tully, Reggie. Doc Meymaris, Ray Smith, Sandy, and Bill Batten. Helen Roach takes a break from dealing black jack to spur the band on.

      Hanging from the ceiling is a classic Vincent “Black Shadow” motorcycle. When the studio hosted dinner parties, some of the guests complained about crankcase oil dripping onto their pasta. Other interesting memorabilia on the walls include signs from The Old Howard, Sandy’s Massachusetts Number plate “JASS”, numerous jazz paintings by Dick Freniere, and photo murals of scenes from Jacob Wirth’s restaurant in Boston. Although the studio was within the no-noise zone of five of Concord’s churches, the band was rarely interrupted from its merriment. When the police arrived to quell the action, they would plead, "do you know it’s Sunday?” With that, the band would strike-up, “Just A Little While to Stay Here.” In reverence to the faithful, we always quit as they began arriving for early services.

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