From left to right, Paul Tillotson, Randy Tressler, John McKenna and Rob Batchko work in the studio. Not pictured are band members Mike Zisman and Paul Kreibich.
Jazz piano man Paul Tillotson has never had a problem giving jump to a party, even risking trouble with his professors at William Patterson College, where his musical antics between classes frequently got him and his buddies sideways with academia.
“We used to run off and play the frat parties and do these other gigs so, we were always in the doghouse,” he said recently.
In that irrepressible fashion that makes him a favorite in any venue, Tillotson improvised and the runaways became known as Jazz Doghouse.
The pals are back together for a stint at Sun Valley Resort’s Duchin Lounge this week, from tonight, Jan. 29, to Saturday, Feb. 1, from 4:30-8:30 p.m.
It’s part of a three-installment series of special guests Tillotson will host at the lounge until winter’s end.
Coming from all points, the friends are bringing two saxophones, a guitar and a mandolin to Tillotson’s piano.
“And we are going to do it all, no cover,” he said. “And if we fill it up, we will keep doing it.”
Where: Duchin Lounge, Sun Valley Resort.
When: Wednesday, Jan. 29, to Saturday, Feb. 1.