Reunited with good friends….

18 06 2018

Well, this Saturday, June 23rd, was to be the Symphony debut for The New Vital Organ Trio…. But, with John MIA, we reached out to some great players that we haven’t had the opportunity to perform with in months; Dan Barger on saxophone & Josh Moore on bass!  Should be a perfect night at The Jazz Lounge @ The Symphony Hotel & Restaurant.  Reserve your seats now… 8-11pm.



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

Happy GMQ New Year!!

3 01 2016

1660216_851322918227159_1272651469_nLet’s start rockin’ our new year right!  Please join me, as I welcome in 2016 with a jazz-fest at A Taste of Wine in Miamisburg, on January 9th!  We’re getting back into form with drummer Alan Topolski, saxophonist Luis Rosa and bassist Extraordinaire, Eddie Brookshire!  We’re taking no prisoners and leaving no trace, as we tread new ground in the new year.