The Poudre River Irregulars

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Band Photos
Below, in reverse chronological order, are candid snapshots of the Poudre River Irregulars in action over the years. Besides the band, there are shots of guest musicians who sat in with them and fans who enjoyed their performances. If you'd like more details about any of the older photos, feel free to email Bob Cooke (prijb007 at comcast.net).

We've had some excellent photographers record our activities. Thanks to everyone who let us display their great pictures! Clicking on the photos will display larger versions.


May 2, 2014. First Friday gig at Avo's (Avogadro's Number, Fort Collins). The Claim Jumpers from the University of Colorado–Denver joined the PRI for a joint jam session. The stage was very full! In addition to the regular Irregulars, the players included:  Piano, Kevin Netz (freshman); left tuba (obscured), Savannah Lish (sophomore); right tuba (on stool), Stephanie Lefebvre (junior); trombone, Ethan Harris (sophomore); alto sax, Jeremy Mohney (junior). The director of the UCD Claim Jumpers is Eric Staffeldt. Photo by Becky Echeverria.

Photo 1 of PRI + Claim Jumpers at Avo's, May 2, 2014


November 2, 2012. First Friday gig at Avo's (Avogadro's Number, Fort Collins). PRI founder Bob Cooke sat in on cornet, and everyone had a wonderful time! The rest of the personnel: Len Kellogg (trombone, leader), Charlie Smith (trumpet), Clark Burnside (clarinet), Rory Thomas (banjo), Dave Dale (bass), Oscar DeZoto (drums), and Ray Leake (piano). The door was manned, as it had been for years, by longtime jazz club president Fred Clarke (first picture). Photos by Jim Moser.

Photo 1 of PRI at Avo's, Nov. 2, 2012 Photo 2 of PRI at Avo's, Nov. 2, 2012 Photo 3 of PRI at Avo's, Nov. 2, 2012 Photo 4 of PRI at Avo's, Nov. 2, 2012 Photo 5 of PRI at Avo's, Nov. 2, 2012 Photo 6 of PRI at Avo's, Nov. 2, 2012 Photo 7 of PRI at Avo's, Nov. 2, 2012 Photo 8 of PRI at Avo's, Nov. 2, 2012 Photo 9 of PRI at Avo's, Nov. 2, 2012 Photo 10 of PRI at Avo's, Nov. 2, 2012

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April 6, 2012. First Friday gig at Avo's (Avogadro's Number, Fort Collins). Band personnel: Len Kellogg (trombone, leader), Charlie Smith (trumpet), Clark Burnside (clarinet), Rory Thomas (banjo), Dave Dale (bass), Oscar DeZoto (drums), and Ray Leake (piano). Photos by Jim Moser.

Photo 1 of PRI at Avo's, April 6, 2012 Photo 2 of PRI at Avo's, April 6, 2012 Photo 3 of PRI at Avo's, April 6, 2012 Photo 4 of PRI at Avo's, April 6, 2012 Photo 5 of PRI at Avo's, April 6, 2012

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March 2, 2012. First Friday gig at Avo's (Avogadro's Number, Fort Collins). Band personnel: Len Kellogg (trombone, leader), Charlie Smith (trumpet), Clark Burnside (clarinet), Rory Thomas (banjo), Dave Dale (bass), Oscar DeZoto (drums), and Hank Troy (piano). Photos by Jim Moser.

Photo 1 of PRI at Avo's, March 2, 2012 Photo 2 of PRI at Avo's, March 2, 2012 Photo 3 of PRI at Avo's, March 2, 2012 Photo 4 of PRI at Avo's, March 2, 2012 Photo 5 of PRI at Avo's, March 2, 2012

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January 7, 2011. Big retirement party at Avo's for Bob Cooke, who founded the Irregulars and led them for 16 years. The event drew a packed house and a fantistic array of musical guests who all came together to honor Bob. Great music, warm feelings! Our 4th CD records some of the music played. Photos by Jim Moser.

Photo 1 of Cooke retirement party, January 7, 2011 Photo 2 of Cooke retirement party, January 7, 2011 Photo 3 of Cooke retirement party, January 7, 2011 Photo 4 of Cooke retirement party, January 7, 2011 Photo 5 of Cooke retirement party, January 7, 2011 Photo 6 of Cooke retirement party, January 7, 2011 Photo 7 of Cooke retirement party, January 7, 2011

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September 14, 2007. Concert with Cache La Poudre Junior High School jazz band (La Porte, Colorado). Culminating two weeks in which PRI members gave interested students intensive tutoring in how to play their instruments trad-jazz style. The kids did a great job! Sponsored by the Northern Colorado Traditional Jazz Society. Photos by Stan McReynolds.

Photo 1 of band with Cache La Poudre Junior High jazz band, Sept 2007 Photo 2 of band with Cache La Poudre Junior High jazz band, Sept 2007 Photo 3 of band with Cache La Poudre Junior High jazz band, Sept 2007 Photo 4 of band with Cache La Poudre Junior High jazz band, Sept 2007

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April 7, 2006. First Friday gig at Avo's (Avogadro's Number, Fort Collins). Band personnel: Bob Cooke (cornet, leader), John Leisenring (trombone), Clark Burnside (clarinet), Ted Turner (banjo), Gene Libbea (bass), Oscar DeZoto (drums). They were joined part of the time by two stellar guest musicians, Tony Pierce (trumpet) and Mary Buirgy (vocals). Photos by Valerie Williams.

Photo of band #23, May 2006 Photo of band #47, May 2006 Photo of band #59, May 2006 Photo of band #90, May 2006 Photo of band #62, May 2006 Photo of band #65, May 2006 Photo of band #34, May 2006 Photo of band #66, May 2006 Photo of band #72, May 2006 Photo of band #96, May 2006

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February 4, 2005. First Friday gig at Avo's. Band personnel: Bob Cooke (cornet, leader), Bill Runyan (trombone), Clark Burnside (clarinet), Ted Turner (banjo), Gene Libbea (bass), Dave Johnson (drums). They were joined part of the time by guests: pianist Don McNeil, student drummer Marty Singer, and Ted Turner's young grandson with his banjo. The packed house of enthusiastic fans is typical at these gigs. Photos by Jim Moser.

Photo of band #115, Feb 2005 Photo of band #62, Feb 2005 Photo of band #42, Feb 2005 Photo of band #51, Feb 2005 Photo of band #82, Feb 2005 Photo of band #71, Feb 2005 Photo of band #108, Feb 2005 Photo of band #94, Feb 2005 Photo of band #106, Feb 2005 Photo of band #104, Feb 2005 Photo of band #111, Feb 2005

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The Olden Days. The Poudre River Irregulars were founded in 1994 but at first were very irregular indeed. They started with mostly out-of town musicians and played in places like the Bar Bazaar, in the old Northern Hotel in Fort Collins, as shown in this first photo from 1995 (with Bill Pontarelli, Bob Cooke, Alan Frederickson, and Dennis Condreay). One of the first publicity shots of the whole band was this black and white taken in 1997 (left to right: Bill Runyan, Gary Atkins, Dave Johnson, Bob Cooke, Bob Brewer, Neall Strand, Ted Turner, Christine Stevens). Also around this time, "portable" versions of the band began playing in summer at the Fort Collins trolley.

Photo of band, Bar Bazaar ca. 1995 Photo of band, 1997
Photo of band at Fort Collins trolley Photo of band inside Fort Collins trolley car

It took a few years for the band to stabilize, start playing at Avogadro's Number, and build a following. Here are some of the photos from that era, mostly from Avo's in 1998, when the band's first CD came out and its personnel were: Bob Cooke (cornet, leader), Bill Runyan (trombone), Neall Strand (saxophones, clarinet), Christine Stevens (piano, alto saxophone), Ted Turner (banjo), Roger Barnhart (string and Fender bass), and Dave Johnson (drums). Bob Jackson (trumpet) was a frequent addition during this period and, as usual, many guests sat in.

Photo of band in front of Avo's, 1998 Photo of band in front of Avo's, 1998 Photo of band, front line, Avo's, 1998 Photo of band, Bob Cooke and Bill Runyan, Avo's, 1998 Photo of band, Bill Runyan, Avo's, 1998 Photo of band, Christine Stevens on piano, Avo's, 1998 Photo of band, Christine Stevens on sax, Avo's, 1998 Photo of band, Christine Stevens on sax, Avo's, 1998 Photo of band, Neall Strand, Avo's, 1998 Photo of band, Ted Turner, Avo's, 1998 Photo of band, Roger Barnhart, Avo's, 1998 Photo of band, Dave Johnson, Avo's, 1998 Photo of band, Bob Jackson, Avo's, 199? Photo of band, 4 horns in front line, Avo's, 199?

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