The capacity crowd at the Savannah Center last Thursday was treated to some wonderful playing by Daniel Jordan from Maitland FL on flute and tenor sax, Steve Mathews from Tampa FL on guitar, Jerry Bruno on drums, and Thomas Pizzi on keys and left-hand bass. This was Daniel’s third performance with the Trio and the first for Steve.
The Trio opened with “Spain”, the Chick Corea classic samba and brought Daniel on stage with “Secret Love” as an up tempo swing tune. It was followed by the funky George Benson version of “Feel Like Making’ Love”, and then Jobim’s bossa nova “Triste”, played beautifully on flute by DJ.
Next was our medley of Duke Ellington classics, “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore”, “Satin Doll”, and “A-Train”. DJ played flute on the next two tunes, the lovely ballad “Polkadots and Moonbeams” and Chick Corea’s “Armando’s Rhumba”, an up-tempo Latin jazz. Arriving too quickly at the end of our one hour concert, we closed with a short but intense up-tempo rendition of the Rogers and Hart song “This Can’t Be Love”.
This concert seemed to have a special energy, which I attribute to several factors. First of all the enthusiastic audience which is always so appreciative of the solos, the tunes, the arrangements and our musicianship. I hope the choice of material was a factor because I always try to mix many styles of music and incorporate tunes that are familiar along with ones that may be new and interesting to our audience. Then there was the solid musicianship of Jerry Bruno and Steve Mathews, always tastefully playing what’s required, adding their special interpretation to it, and of course their superb solos. Most of all, the amazing playing of Daniel Jordan was inspiring to all of us onstage and I’m sure for the audience. He is a most humble man who loves to play music, and they don’t come any better. We will be sure to have him back soon, I promise.