Month: March 2015

The Orion Trio has been in existence since Fall, 2012 when we made our debut at Garvino’s in Sumpter Landing. It is the lucky meeting of three of the best musicians in The Villages: Jerry Bruno – drums, John Huber – upright bass, and Thomas Pizzi – piano. We are highly experienced professionals, having played all our lives and still enjoy playing. We play traditional jazz standards in a (mostly) traditional jazz fashion. To read our bios, please see the ‘About The Trio’ page. To find out where we are playing, please see our ‘Upcoming Performances’ page. For pictures and recordings, please see the “Media’ page.

Savannah Center, Mar. 24, 2015

Once again the Orion Trio played to a sold out house of 290 people at the Savannah Center on Mar. 24, ’15.  We actually featured two guest artists in this concert, the amazing sounds of Charlie DeChant on Tenor sax and flute, and powerhouse Dave Rudolph on drums, along with trio regular John Huber on bass.  Pianist Thomas Pizzi was interviewed live on The Villages radio just before the performance as well.  Charlie is from Orlando, FL and has been a member of the Hall & Oates band since 1976.  Dave is from Tampa, FL, is a graduate of UCF, and plays regularly with Valerie Gillespie, among others.

The trio opened the show with the tune “Little Linda”, by Spiro Gyra, and brought Charlie onstage with Thelonius Monk’s “Well You Needn’t”.  We went right into a bossa nova/swing version of “I’ll Remember April”, followed by the beautiful ballad “I Loves You Porgy”, from “Porgy & Bess” by George Gershwin.  Then we played the “Work Song”, a minor key blues by Nat Adderly, and the Jobim/Luiz Bonfa bossa nova “Black Orpheus”, with Charlie playing alto flute.  We closed out the show with a medley of three Duke Ellington tunes, “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore”, “Satin Doll”, and “Take the A-Train”.

Because we ran out of time, there were two tunes we didn’t do that we were planning on, but we’ll present them at our next concert on April 30th, featuring the trumpet of John DePaola.

This was a fairly straight ahead jazz concert, nothing fancy, but simply featured marvelous playing by the band, great solos, and spontaneous arrangements.  I’ve learned some people think we rehearse a lot and memorize what we will play for our solos.  Let me assure you we rehearse hardly at all, only for about one hour before the show to agree on how we will begin and end each tune, and nothing in between is prepared in any way.  It’s truly improvised and spontaneous, and none of us know what we will play until we’ve played it.  Just like real jazz.

I’d like to thank Dave Rudolph for graciously stepping in for our drummer Jerry Bruno, who was unexpectedly called out of town a couple days earlier, and many thanks to Charlie DeChant for agreeing to perform with us.  We’ve played with Charlie a few times before, and it seems each time he sounds better than we remember, a wonderful player.  I think everyone who attended enjoyed the show, and hope to see you all at our next dates: Apr. 30 with John Depaola, May 15 and June 11, guests TBD.

John Huber, Charlie DeChant, Thomas Pizzi, Dave Rudolph

John Huber, Charlie DeChant, Thomas Pizzi, Dave Rudolph