It was great to see such a receptive and enthusiastic crowd of over two hundred people for our final concert of the summer. Our featured guest artist was Valerie Gillespie, who played alto and tenor sax, alto flute, and sang and scatted four songs beautifully. The show had a Horace Silver theme, dedicated to the great pianist and composer who passed away last month.
The trio opened with a Red Garland arrangement of “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” by Gershwin. Valerie sang “Almost Like Being In Love”, followed by two instrumental Horace tunes, “Song For My Father” and “Filthy McNasty”. Some others were “Skylark” as a samba/swing, “The Very Thought Of You”, a very up-tempo “I Got Rhythm”, a funky version of “Summertime”, and ended with the hard-swinging Horace tune “Sister Sadie”.
I can’t help but think, as some said afterwards, that it was our best concert yet, but it seems like that after every show. However, I certainly prefer that to any alternatives, and I like the feeling of keeping a high standard of performance. It must be working, because we keep seeing the same faces of many returning jazz fans.
Many thanks to Savannah Center manager Debbie Hurtt for being such a great supporter and friend, and producing this concert series. Also, thanks to all the helpful staff there who work so hard to make it enjoyable for everyone. We look forward to kicking off a new season October 24th, 2014 and hope to see you all there!