Well, we had a great fun show Monday night at the Legion Hall. Many thanks to all who came and I hope everyone enjoyed themselves. We received lots of nice compliments from the 160 or so in attendance and the added perk of dancing was well-received, judging by the crowded floor.
Personally, I thought the band was pretty darn hot with Dean Mongerio and John Depaola tearing it up on their respective horns, Davis Collister laying down solid bass lines and some cool solos, and the ever-tasteful Jerry Bruno making us sound like a swinging big band. I even had a couple moments where I surprised myself, wondering where a lick or two came from. I felt we got more intense as the show went on, and I was sorry to see it end.
The trio opened with ‘Mountain Greenery’ by Richard Rogers, and the quintet played a good variety of styles, some Horace Silver swing, a hybrid ‘How High the Moon/Ornithology’, a couple funk tunes and ballads, some Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington (which naturally packed the dance floor), and quite a bit of Latin jazz, including Dizzy Gillespie’s ‘Night In Tunisia’. One of my favorites was the exciting Tito Puente version of ‘Take 5’, which the guys absolutely nailed. It’s such a treat working with top level pros. I can put anything in front of them and they make it sound like a million bucks, and with little or no rehearsal I might add.
So, now the first of our evening shows is in the books, and I hope to do more with your continued support. Please feel free to reply and give me any feedback, critiques or requests to help me make these shows the best I can. I thought the Legion Hall did a fine job setting up and serving drinks, and overall everything went without a hitch (except for the rain just as you arrived). Special thanks to Carol Wyant for helping out scanning the E-tickets and to Rich Arenas and Phil Caltabellotta for taking pictures.
Debbie Hurtt assures me there are still a few tickets available for our next show May 26th at the Savannah Center, which will be the trio with Dean Mongerio. This will be your last chance to hear him this year while he is here on vacation from London, and I’m sure after what you heard last night you’ll be looking forward to this one with Dean.
All the best, Tom PZ