Month: October 2014

Savannah Center, Oct. 24th

Many thanks to everyone who showed up for our performance on Friday October 24th at the Savannah Center.  A crowd of about 300 seemed to enjoy the music, courtesy of John Depaolo on trumpet and flugelhorn, Jerry Bruno on drums, John Huber on bass, and Thomas Pizzi on keyboards.

The trio opened with the Linus and Lucy theme, since the time of the Great Pumpkin is near.  Then Mr. Depaolo joined us for a Clark Terry tune, led us into “Sweet Georgia Brown”, and then a Latin jazz tune by Poncho Sanchez.  We slowed things down with “Here’s That Rainy Day”, and then picked it up with another Latin jazz piece by Chick Corea called “Armando’s Rhumba”.  We closed with a medium swing version of “September in the Rain” and the fast bop “Scrapple From the Apple” by Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker.

It’s always a great pleasure for us to experience the sound of John Depaolo, with his great tone, cool licks, and sense of style and showmanship.  This concert was a lot of fun for us, especially since every tune we did with John D. was new to our repertory and a first time performance for each of them.  I’m sure we’ll be keeping them in the book.

Our next shows are November 20th, with Rex Wertz, and December 19th with Valerie Gillespie.  Mr. Wertz is the sax player in residence with the quintet at the Floridian Grand Hotel on the Disney property in Orlando.  He is a fabulous player, and it will be his first time performing with the trio.  Valerie Gillespie has played with us several times before, and it’s always a treat to hear her on tenor and alto sax, flute, and her lovely vocals.  The trio will also be at Garvino’s in Sumter Landing Oct. 30 and Nov. 8, 7-10pm.  Singers and players are welcome to do a tune or two with us.

So, we hope to see you there.  As always, admission is $5 for the one hour show, and soft drinks, coffee and tables are provided, and you may bring a box lunch.  Doors open at 11:30, show starts at noon, and you can purchase tickets at the door or any major rec center.  It’s advisable to buy them early, because they seem to have a habit of selling quickly.

Cheers, Thomas.