The New Vital Organ Trio Debuts, with Special Guest, JD Allen!

24 08 2017

We’re finally rolling out the New Vital Organ Trio, with more than a nod to the Great Jack Doll, Jr..My longtime compatriot on drums, Alan Topolski, and I were fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to perform with the late, great Jack Doll, Jr., for two very precious gigs, not long ago.  We, and the World, lost Jack, early this year.


Jack Doll, Jr was an amazing force; whether as a kick-ass Cincinnati jazz musician, sharing gigs with a litany of Cinci jazz luminaries, such as jazz-guitar monsters, Kenny Poole, Cal Collins & Steve Barone, or a mentor to many, MANY jazz vocalists…., to his Christmas-Time Department-Store gigs downtown, which treated many of the uninitiated to his fine style and grace.  But, many who’ve heard him don’t realize that they have….  Jack was the Organist for the Cincinnati Reds for well over twenty years!!  

My first convo with Jack occurred after I posted an ad for a bona-fide jazz organist, in a likely-now-defunct internet classified thingy…..  He called me, as I was leaving a gig in Dayton.  The convo went like this:

Jack: “Hey, calling about your ad; what are you into?”

Me: “…..”

Jack: “Well, you’ve probably never heard of me, but you’ve heard me;  You like baseball?”

Me: “Did you play ‘Cherokee’ before ‘W’ threw out the first pitch at GABP?”

Jack: “Hahahaha, …Maybe, I dunno!”

Me: “You’re My Man!!!!!”

Witnessing Jack up close was spectacular.  He arrived at our first gig together, not late, but tenuously close to it, with his Hammond x-5, a 270 Leslie cab, a bench, and a folder of charts, in a Honda Fit!!!!  There may have been enough space left for two more charts, but not much else!  (Jack was a big fella)


We had a hell of a great time, and did it again, about a year later.

VOT logoweb return

Although I tried to get us back together again, various obstacles kept it from happening; Jack’s health may have been a major reason.

So, now, as Alan Topolski and I try to move forward, musically, the urge to get that “Greasy Hammond Vibe” that has haunted us since those days with Jack, has now been realized in John Riley..

We anguished over whether or not to call our Trio “The Vital Organ Trio”.…. only long enough to realize that we needed to pay tribute to our original Hammondisto, by keeping the name and forging on…

A brief convo with John and Alan revealed a mutual desire to add an additional voice for our Debut, though.  Enter our Friend, Savant Recording Artist, JD Allen!  The perfect sauce for the perfect dish!!

Come out to the exquisite Blue Note Bistro, in Miamisburg, on Friday, August 25th, to hear the New Vital Organ Trio w/ JD Allen!!   8-11pm.  Reservations damn near necessary!!!  (but, no cover).


GMQ returns to A Taste of Wine!!

10 08 2017

Hey Friends, we finally have our bassist, Eddie Brookshire, back in town, so we are celebrating on the patio at A Taste of Wine, in Miamisburg, on Saturday night!  Please join my compadres, Alan Topolski, d & Dan Barger, s, as we smooth out the start to your great evening.  Select a nice bottle of wine (we’re thinking Rose, currently…) & and some local eats, as we set the sun…. There will be plenty of time to plow on from there…

Live Jazz from 7:30-9:30pm.  No Cover.


1 06 2016

Canadian by birth, Tulsan by accident, Texan by mistake, Cincinnatian by chance and musician by choice… Taking up guitar in 1967, Gary spent his youth, into college, in rock bands… playing “classic” rock, when it was actually “contemporary” rock! A chance opportunity to share a stage with Jim Kale, of The Guess Who fame, made Gary realize that he loves the stage…. but life intervened.
After a 25 year hiatus from playing, new life in Cincinnati brought he and his passion back together. Late to jazz, his love for it and thirst for it know no limits.
He’s been a member of a handful of Cincinnati-based bands…. Turnaround, Uncovered, A Thousand Chords, Vital Organ Trio, Green Street, along with various jazz configurations… including, in addition to Ascension, Smokeless Bingo, The Dan Barger Quartet, Laney & The Tramps, Happy Hour Jones and, of course, the Gary McCauley Trio and the Gary McCauley Quartet.
Gary is endorsed by no one….well, except for his wife..

The New Thing….

12 05 2016

It’s Happy Hour Jones!


Taking my now-decade-long musical friendships with Alan Topolski & Andy Proud, then adding the exceptional SPICE of great keyboardist, Jordan Pollard, I’ve finally found the group that really gets my juices flowing’!!!  In a way, it’s back-to-the-past to find my way back to the future….  Our “Maiden Hit” was at Southgate House Revival, in Newport, and, while the audience was largely other bands on the bill, and their girlfriends, the crowd seemed to really dig it.  The, shall we say, non-related attendees were even more vocal in their approval!!….which is HUGELY gratifying.

You haven’t heard the last of this.

An Old Friend….

13 04 2016

The Gary McCauley Quartet welcomes back saxophonist Dan Barger for our May 7th appearance at Miamisburg’s A Taste of Wine…. In fact, this represents the return of the Dan Barger Quartet, including my comrades Alan Topolski on drums and Jon Lattier on bass.   Danny’s got the fire, indeed, but also loves to burn up a ballad, so settle in for a pleasant couple of hours of fine wine & jazz.  If I may,…. Orin Swift’s “Palermo” is a great premium…. It pairs well with many of the tunes that we have in mind!!

Happy Hour Jones.

4 04 2016

That is all for now.  Stay tuned.

GMQ returns to Miamisburg with a new face..

23 03 2016

The Quartet will be back at A Tate of Wine, in Miamisburg, on April 2nd, starting at 7:30..


However, along with the usual suspects of Alan Topolski on drums & John Toedtman on bass, we welcome our good friend, saxophonist Matthew Warner to the group.  Matt’s got a smooth, laid-back tone that will fit right in.  Our man, Luis Rosa will still be a welcome part of the group, but has many opportunities abroad, so we will just have to look forward to hearing from him when he’s around.  See you there…. Gary