Hi Jazz Lovers,
We had another great turnout and concert at the Savannah Center at noon on May 26th, with guest artist Dean Mongerio on tenor sax. This was our second concert with Dean while he is here on vacation from London, UK, the first being the May 16 dance/concert at the Legion Hall. There’s no doubt he’s a world-class saxophonist and it was a special treat for all who heard him. Dean is a featured artist with P. Mauriat Saxophones and gives clinics on their behalf all around the world. He also has a couple hits on Billboard, is the music director for the European production of “Jersey Boys”, and has his own jazz group in London. It was really an honor to share the stage with him and his great sound.
The trio opened with ‘Moanin’, a bluesy swing, and brought Dean on stage with ‘Pennies From Heaven’. Then a bossa nova, ‘Song for My Father’ by Horace Silver; ‘Simple Pleasures’ by Spyro Gyra; the hard swinging ‘Caravan’ featuring Jerry Bruno on drums; the beautiful ballad ‘Harlem Nocturne’, which brought out Dean’s huge gorgeous tone; Davis Collister on bass sang Joe Sample’s ‘Put It Where You Want It’ by The Crusaders; the Latin jazz standard ‘Mambo Inn’, as played by Paquito D’Rivera; and we ended with Sonny Rollins’ bebop classic ‘Oleo’, composed over ‘rhythm changes’, which Davis somehow sang and played admirably while Dean played the melody.
It was a fun concert and we were glad to honor the requests to play the fusion tunes by The Crusaders and Spyro Gyra. If there’s a tune that would be special for you to hear it’s quite possible that given enough time we’ll be able to learn it, if there aren’t too many notes or chords in it. I’m kidding of course, but let us know and we’ll try to play it. Heck, we might even rehearse it first.
I’m still getting comments and emails about the concert at the Legion Hall on 5/16/16, so thank you all very much for your positive feedback and support. I’m very pleased everyone enjoyed the music and dancing so much. After all, that was the main goal. I hope to stage another one soon and of course will keep you apprised.
Special thanks to The Villages News for their article, and TV2 and Villages radio for their coverages of this last show at Savannah. Our next concert is June 17th with the exciting Rudy Turner on guitar and vocals. In July we will feature Valerie Gillespie, and Charlie DeChant in August.