Month: August 2016

Aug. 8, 2016 with Daniel Jordan

Hi Everyone,

Well, all I can say is “Wow!”, what an amazing performance by Daniel Jordan on sax and flute with the Orion Trio on Tuesday Aug. 9 at the Savannah Center. Much of the time I felt I was one of the 270 lucky people in the audience being carried along by DJ’s playing and the rhythm section of Davis Collister, bass and Jerry Bruno, drums with both playing strong solos as well. It really was inspiring to be in the band for this show, and I felt exhausted afterwards from trying to keep up with the high energy coming off the stage. For those who missed it, you will have another opportunity to hear DJ with us on Nov. 28th at noon.

The Trio led off with ‘There Will Never Be Another You’, and we brought Daniel up with ‘On a Clear Day’. We followed with Herbie Hancock’s ‘Watermelon Man’ and the up-tempo fusion tune ‘Capo di Monte’ by the James Taylor Quartet. Our sole ballad of the show was Gershwin’s ‘I Loves You Porgy’, from his opera ‘Porgy and Bess’. DJ’s great tone and sense of phrasing really shined on this one, and his solo cadenza at the end was truly spectacular. Two Latin tunes followed, ‘Guataca City’, a samba by Paquito D’Rivera and the classic boss nova ‘Black Orpheus’ by Louis Bonfi, with DJ playing flute. We ended the concert with Charlie Parker’s classic bop tune ‘Anthropology’. I’m glad everyone seemed to really enjoy this show, and for me it’s another case of great musicians making classic jazz music come alive with an exciting and artistic presentation.

Thanks to all who signed up to be on our mailing list at this show and I hope you will continue to enjoy our shows. Our next performance is Saturday Sept. 10, 7-9 pm at the Savannah Center and our featured artists will be Valerie Gillespie and John DePaola. There will be a dance floor and we will play some big band and dancing favorites as well as straight ahead Jazz and Fusion. Tickets are $12 and available at the door or online at .

We will have less seats available than normal because of the dance floor, so don’t wait too long to get your tickets. We often sell out quickly and this is our only show in September.

Happy listening, Tom PZ.

An Evening of Jazz and Dance

Hi Jazz Fans,

The Orion Trio is pleased to announce our next evening concert and dance with featured artists Valerie Gillespie sax and John DePaola trumpet on Saturday  September 10 at the Savannah Center, 7-9 pm.  Doors open at 6:30 pm.  Valerie and John are regulars with the trio for our noon concerts and have performed in The Villages for many years, and I’m sure by now most of you know you can count on great performances from them.  Personally, I’ve been wanting to hear them together on stage for quite a while.  We will not be playing a noon concert at the Savannah Center in September so this will be the only chance to hear us that month.

The event will be set up similar to our noon shows with the addition of a dance floor.   There will not be a bar like last time but you may BYOB and snacks.  Water and ice will be provided but you will need your own cups.  You can look forward to our normal jazz presentation with many tunes geared toward dancing.

Tickets are $12 and available online or at the door.  To purchase tickets online with a credit card please click on the following link or copy and paste it into your browser.  If you experience any problems please email me and we’ll figure it out.  I found this site to work very smoothly for our last evening show.

Thanks so much for your support at our Savannah Center concerts and for signing up to be on our mailing list.  This concert will not be advertised publicly and only those on our mailing lists are receiving this notice, but of course feel free to invite friends and neighbors.  I wish to thank all the people who have helped make this concert possible and I’m looking forward to a show every bit as successful as our first dance concert.  With such an appreciative audience like you inspiring us, it can’t miss.

Regards to all, Tom PZ.