Month: July 2017

Savannah Center, July 17, 2017

Hi Jazz Fans,

We had another fun noon concert on Thursday July 20th at the Savannah Center. We featured Bill Neale on guitar, along with John Gaffney on bass, Jerry Bruno on drums, and yours truly Thomas Pizzi on keys. It was pleasing to see such a large and enthusiastic crowd in attendance, even in the middle of summer, and many familiar faces.

We opened with a piano solo and and then dove into “My Romance” as a medium swing, and followed that with Herbie Hancock’s well-known funk tune “Canteloupe Island”. Bill Neale then played a gorgeous solo intro to “Autumn Leaves” which we played as a Bossa, a little unusual for that tune but I thought it worked quite well. We also featured Bill on the first verse of “Once I Had a Secret Love”, which he played as a duet with Jerry Bruno and then added the band in an up-tempo swing.

Next was the beautiful ballad “You Took Advantage of Me”, which segued into a jazz waltz arrangement of “Send In the Clowns”. Jerry kicked of the next tune, “Little Linda”, a samba by Spyro Gyra and we also featured him on a great solo. Bill thrilled the crowd with his rendition of the Earth, Wind, and Fire hit “September”, and we finished out the show with a driving up-tempo blues by Richard “Groove” Holmes, featuring solos by all the band members.

It was our great pleasure to play for such a receptive audience, and you have always made us feel very appreciated. We will return on August 7th at noon with the same band and the addition of Phil Caltebellotta on harmonica, and I look forward to hearing Phil once again and his genius on the instrument. In September we will feature John DePaola on trumpet, and Valerie Gillespie on sax in October.

Straight ahead, Tom PZ

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From left: Thomas Pizzi, Jerry Bruno, John Gaffney, Bill Neale