Month: June 2017

Savannah Center, June 16 2017

The Orion Trio, Friday June 16

What a fun concert this Friday at the Savannah Center! As one audience member put it, we could’ve powered a small city with the energy that came off the stage. Well, I know we can’t go wrong with players like Daniel Jordan on sax and flute, Pat Gallo on electric and upright bass, and Jerry Bruno on drums. They are all seasoned pros and among the best in the business, as was evident to the 300+ in attendance.

The Trio, with Thomas Pizzi on keys, opened the show with “I’ll Remember April” as a samba/swing, and then brought Mr. Jordan on stage with the Charles Mingus tune “Nostalgia in Times Square”. We followed that with the familiar Latin standard “Cielito Lindo” as an up-tempo samba, which featured Jerry Bruno’s slick rhythms and Daniel Jordan’s ripping sax solo. We then slowed things down with the lovely ballad “Autumn in New York”, and picked it back up with Lionel Hampton’s “Flying Home”.

It has been said Antonia Carlos Jobim is the George Gershwin of Brazil, and I have yet to play a tune of his that doesn’t live up to that standard. Daniel Jordan played a beautiful flute rendition of his Bossa Nova “O Amor Em Paz”, which has been recorded by everyone from Sinatra to Yo-Yo Ma. For total contrast we followed that with a fusion tune by the James Taylor Quartet, “Capo di Monte”. We ended the show with one of my favorite ballads, “My One and Only Love”, and Sonny Rollin’s up-tempo bop tune, “Oleo”.

We’re fortunate to be close enough to Orlando to have access to the great wealth of top musicians who live there, and fortunate that Daniel Jordan and Pat Gallo are willing to travel to The Villages to perform. Not only that, Jerry Bruno lives in The Villages, and is a world-class musician in his own right. It’s such a treat for everyone to hear (and work with) players like these that don’t come any better.

Speaking of great local musicians, our next two concerts in July and August will feature Bill Neale on guitar and John Gaffney on bass, both Villagers who have inspired audiences with the Orion Trio before.

Keep Swinging, Tom PZ


Pat Gallo, Thomas Pizzi, Jerry Bruno, Daniel Jordan


Daniel Jordan


Jerry Bruno


Pat Gallo


Thomas Pizzi