Remembering The Century Skyroom

Dave Phillips and His Merry Men were a staple at the Elks Club and other Valley jazz venues as noted in this Arizona Tribune story circa 1962 - ‘63..

Dave Phillips and His Merry Men were a staple at the Elks Club and other Valley jazz venues as noted in this Arizona Tribune story circa 1962 – ‘63..

Story and photos by Rodney Grimes

The Century Skyroom and Bobby C’s Reunion brought a standing room only crowd to the Elks Lodge in early December. The gathering was reminiscent of the mid 1960’s crowds when Dyke & the Blazers (originator of “The Funky Broadway), or Dave Phillips and His Merry Men were playing routinely at the Elks. It was certainly great to see all the old friends and acquaintances, but it was the music that we remember most – and it was the musicians who came out strong and really brought it hard for the Century Skyroom & Bobby C’s Reunion. Hats off and kudos to Erv “Sweet Erv” Campbell for all his work in spearheading this exciting and most successful reunion.

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