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Tony Pacini Performs A Short Solo Piano Piece

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

I recently went to Classic Pianos of Portland to play on a former colleague’s piano. We had talked in the past about setting up a time when I could visit her apartment to play on her Yamaha S4 piano, but due to our busy schedules never managed to connect a time to do so before she decided to trade in her piano. Upon learning of the trade, I quickly managed to get out to Classic Pianos to play on it before someone bought it. Her particular piano, a circa mid 2000’s Yamaha S4, was “toned-down” for her small apartment with low ceilings. The superb technician who modified this instrument was my friend Rick Zackery, manager of Classic Pianos Portland. This particular piano has an extremely soft, and warm tone, yet is fully capable of producing crystal clear, accented notes without the usual volume one expects due to Rick’s “customized-for-client” modifications. The quality is still exactly what one expects from the high-end “S” series. Additionally, those modifications for small apartment living made it an ideal choice for a quick, impromptu recording on a Galaxy S3 phone, recorded at Classic Pianos in Portland Oregon, February 24, 2013.

Enjoy,
~Tony


Notable Notes: Pacini Writes About The Tony Pacini Trio Performance At Wilf’s Restaurant, Friday, December 28th, 2012

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

RECAPITULATION: The Tony Pacini Trio Performance At Wilf’s Restaurant, Friday, December 28th, 2012

I’m listening to George Shearing with the Robert Farnon Orchestra as I write this, reflecting on the wonderful evening we (the Tony Pacini Trio) enjoyed last night. As I walked into Wilf’s last night, I couldn’t stop smiling as I was greeted by so many devoted friends and fans. Included in the congregation were several people I hadn’t seen in a while, and some, who despite feeling under the weather, or having to travel a fair distance, were compelled to make the effort / pilgrimage choosing to share their warmth and evening with us. We enjoyed the company of all, and also made friends with new listeners. The trio graciously channeled the attentiveness of all those wonderful people back into the music.

One of our devoted listeners had brought her entire family, (in town for the holidays), and had asked what the “Third Stream” selections advertised on my website’s feed ( http://tonypacini.com/ ) were about. I acknowledged her question by showing her a piece of music-manuscript-paper before the gig that consisted of simply one line of music: a fermata (hold sign), a chord progression consisting of three measures of arco (bowed bass), followed by “Chopin solo piano”, “repeat intro with band”, then “band in on Jobim tune”, concluding with coda (ending). I said; “They’ll (the trio) know what to do”.

We begin: I took the bench, poised myself at the piano, and thought that it might be nice to start the evening off soft and with a solo-piano number so as to provide more crescendo room for the musical entrance of my longtime gifted colleagues, Tim Rap (drums), and Ed Bennett (bass). Most of the time the approach to kicking off the night is like saying; “Hey, let’s get this thing going and swing hard”, but the room seemed to be especially sentimental with loyal listeners and new ones all getting to know each other, and, with the intent of listening. I simply began playing Dave Brubeck’s “The Duke” solo, and transitioned into two tunes written by Ellington, following which I provided the intro cue to Tim and Ed for our up-tempo samba rendition of “Prelude To A Kiss”. Having 13 years of musical rapport with Tim and Ed allows me the opportunity to program a set of music on the fly by incorporating arrangements they know that they will jump in on as soon as they hear me segue into them – I‘m so lucky to have them.

The cross-pollination of “classical meets jazz” medley mentioned earlier we played next. It was one of two “Third Stream” selections I arranged that I debuted at this performance. Ed Bennett’s arco work accompanying my harmonic redirection was superb, and Tim Rap did what he does so well on the drums; shaped the medley from start to coda with sensitivity, dynamics, and respect on a compositional level.

We also performed my involved arrangement of Franz Lehar’s “Your’s, Is My Heart Alone”, our new piano trio “thumbprint” on Clifford Brown’s “Daahoud”, and my original compositions “Pastel For Two” (a mixed-meter waltz) and “I Feel Your Smile” (an original ballad with influence and connotations from Monty Alexander’s “That’s Why”).

Our last set included two songs with special guest tenor saxophonist Harry Allen who converged upon us along with delightful vocalist Rebecca Kilgore and friends. They had just finished performing with Rebecca at a different venue. Nonetheless, Harry sat in and we played a fairly brisk version of Gershwin’s “Love Walked In”, followed by “How Am I To Know”, an obscure tune written by Jack King and Dorothy Parker from the 1929 film “Dynamite”. Well, the gig went overtime, but it was worth it – so much fun!

Up next: More piano-trio tonight at Portland Prime with bassist Ed Bennett and drummer Mel Brown, a break on Sunday, then I’ll regroup Monday night with Mel, Ed, and the addition of saxophonist John Nastos at Prime to ring in the new year.

Hope to see you soon!
Warmly,
~Tony Pacini

Notable Notes: Jazz Pianist Tony Pacini Writes About George Shearing.

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

Sir George: Your Lifetime Of Work Is An Inspiration.

Enamored: “To inspire with love, captivate”… I have always been a fan enamored by George Shearing’s piano career since I was 13, but I find myself returning to this master of the piano a second time around some 29 years later in my life with the new obsession of studying him intensely.

The wiki on him is profound, ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Shearing ) including Grammy wins twice, and being “knighted by the queen”. Although thorough, “Sir George’s” wiki doesn’t mention what I recently deduced for myself after hearing an interview with him on YouTube as follows: When asked how he came about the “Shearing Sound”, or “locked-hands” way of soloing/improvising with chords (identical to what arrangers call “four-way-closed-double-lead” chord voicing when writing sax-soli sections for big bands), Shearing explained that in a way, he was sort of forced to do so. Now let me explain that; Sir George said that when he immigrated to the United States, producers heard him performing in N.Y. (shortly after that big war in the 40’s), wanted to grant him record deals, but bill him “The English Fats Waller meets, Teddy Wilson/Tatum”. Sir George continues by saying that he took the deals, but felt it was a bit asinine to be “an English” version of anyone when we (in the U.S. at the time) already had “the real ones” – i.e. Waller, Wilson, & Tatum. He (Sir George), then took the liberty of enhancing, by literally “taking the ball and running away with it”, the “Block-chord” approach of soloing on the piano, but in a be-bop fashion – George’s implementation of not just playing be-bop lines, but actually doing it with “block-chords” was happening in the late 1940’s! Innovator perhaps? He sites the inspiration of studying the nice sounds of block chords from organist/pianist Milt Buckner, and the sax section of the Glenn Miller orchestra for the record.

Additionally, to pair up the top voice of piano melody done in block chord on vibraphone, and the lower voice with guitar became “The Shearing Sound” whereas his quintets are concerned. I caution you though, Sir George wasn’t just that guy with popular albums rendered through the “block chord” sounds of his quintets, remember this; he was an Englishman/European, and a pianist in love with America’s jazz movement, swing, musicals and songbook. His English upbringing inevitably gave him a classical education on the piano and an affinity for European classical music when he crossed the Atlantic all those years ago. If we take that in consideration with his “being here” during the early minutes of history when be-bop jazz was being made, it’s no wonder we’re left with such gems as his classic Shearing quintet sounds pioneered in the 40’s & 50’s, amazing be-bop sounds as evident on such albums like Shearing with the Montgomery brothers, and multiple decades of “Third Stream” yet swingin’ jazz approaches to solo piano. Six decades of recordings, and even more decades of performing, not to mention his collaboration and co-led recordings with some of the greatest names in music, not to mention Sir George’s arranging and compositions, – quite a legacy.

Just think for a minute what the Nat King Cole Trio would have sounded like had it been a quartet with vibes. Ponder the Red Garland approach to melodies on his classic trio recordings on Prestige, and the multitude of pianists like Nat Cole, Oscar, Phineas, Benny Green, who use fast block chords in their soloing.

While imagining those familiar, pianistic sounds, think about the impressionistic, classical influenced, jazz piano sounds of that other “limb of the jazz family tree” that branches out into the likes of Evans and Jamal, to Jarrett and Mehldau. It seems that we sometimes forget to mention Shearing in “shop-talk” around our city and that Shearing’s approach of blending classical with jazz, most evident on his post 1970’s solo piano works, exhibit yet another side of Shearing, and a very important musical contribution that has influenced multiple generations. Anyways, in my book that’s significant, and he’s spectacular.

I’m just respecting the man and his music right now, and enjoying streaming a great YouTube channel featuring Sir George which is keeping the musical neurons in my head firing with inspiration.

Just my thought for today,
~ Tony Pacini

George Shearing – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
en.wikipedia.org
Sir George Shearing, OBE (August 13, 1919 – February 14, 2011) was an Anglo-Americanjazzpianist who for many years led a popular jazz group that recorded for Discovery Records, MGM Records and Capitol Records.

Tony Pacini Sentiment: Pacini Writes About Playing With Harry Allen – Concert Portland.

Friday, December 28th, 2012

RECAPITULATION: My sincerest thanks tTonyPaciniAndHarryAllen2012o all of you who attended the Harry Allen show December 2012 at Jimmy Mak’s – you fueled the music. It was great to reconnect with Harry again after so many years. We both recalled playing in Oregon 9-10 times together from 1995-2005, but haven’t been able to line up anything since. Many thanks to Ralph Lodewick for starting it all back in the 1990’s, and a special thank you to Rebecca Kilgore for bringing Harry Allen out this time around – I can think of no better way to end the year than continuing to share bandstands with Harry.

Harry started off the night with “But Not For Me”, and Mel, Ed, and myself instinctively started off the tune following Harry’s countdown with a variation of an interlude made famous from the great pianist Ahmad Jamal’s version of the same tune. The room was very attentive and came to ecstatic admiration after Harry’s first solo. I couldn’t help but think right then; “This is going to be a splendid evening”, and sure enough, it was.

We also performed a very tender “Nearness Of You”, as well as a rapid fire “Strike Up The Band”. Rebecca Kilgore sitting in the audience joined us for the last two tunes of the first set augmenting the quartet with her charm, and vocal sweetness on, “How About You”, and “Exactly Like You”.

I must admit selfishly though that the highlight for me came on the second set, when Harry reminded me of an idea I came up with whilst chatting with him on the phone about details of the gig a few days prior. I had told him that I recently watched a Bill Charlap YouTube video where he performed Brubeck’s “The Duke” and went right into Ellington’s (”Duke’s”) “Sophisticated Lady”. I told Harry about the tragic loss of a friend of mine’s sister whose last recording (she was a very gifted vocalist) included the tune “I’ll Be Around”. Anyways, to make this a bit shorter, I suggested that we use that tune as a solo piano piece, much like a verse to set up a rendition of “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”. The words to both songs have a similar theme, and since we both agreed the holiday season seemed especially reflective, it was a go. That meant a lot to me in a “reflective” moment, and I thought to myself, the older I get, the more I realize it’s moments like this that make life rich.

Sincerely,
~Tony Pacini

P.S.
Up next, Harry and Rebecca are guests on my radio show (”YES!”) “Jazz Connections” this Friday 11am-12noon K.M.H.D. 89.1fm (stream it online anywhere in the world at www.kmhd.org).

Oh, and by the way, Harry and Rebecca are doing Rebecca’s critically acclaimed Monroe & Garland songbook at the Bijou Cafe this Friday. Similarly, my trio is performing at Wilf’s Restaurant this Friday as well, but hopefully those two will crash my gig and sit in since my gig goes a little later. If you’re torn about what to
catch, catch Kilgore, then me later, or any number of great, world-class jazz talent this town has residing and performing within itself, and, at the least, swing by Cassidy’s Bar ’round ’bout midnight as surely three or four jazz groups will converge there (our hang as they say) after our gigs, tell musical war stories, eat, etc. Hang out with us and get to know this “Jazz Oasis” called Portland. There’s a lot of creativity and “jazz-culture” here, and it’s accessible and beautiful – please join us and be a part of it.

Additionally, I’ve good news, Harry and I are already talking about a follow up performance on the last Wednesday in June of 2013. I’ll keep you posted (http://tonypacini.com/). Once again, thank you beautiful, kind ears – You make it special. ~Tony

NEWS: Wednesday Through Saturday Tony Pacini Performances

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Wednesdays:

Catch Tony Pacini with the Mel Brown Quartet every Wednesday at Jimmy Mak’s. Tony Pacini piano, Dan Balmer guitar, Ed Bennett bass, Mel Brown drums. Jimmy Mak’s 221 N.W. 10th Avenue Portland, OR 97209 503-295-6542

Thursdays:

Catch Tony Pacini in solo piano context every Thusday at Portland Prime, 5:30pm-8:30pm. Located at 121 Southwest 3rd Avenue Portland, OR  97204 Adjacent to Embassy Suites Downtown Portland 503-223-6200

Fridays:

Firstly: catch Tony Pacini’s solo piano sets Fridays at Portland Prime (7pm-10pm) until,,, Lastly: (The last Friday of each month) the Tony Pacini Trio performs at Wilf’s Restaurant 800 N.W. 6th Avenue Portland, OR 97209 503-221-0070 Tony Pacini-piano, Ed Bennett-bass, Tim Rap-drums.

Saturdays:

Catch Tony Pacini with bassist Ed Bennett and drummer Mel Brown every Saturday at Portland Prime 7:30pm-11:00pm. Portland Prime: 121 Southwest 3rd Avenue Portland, OR  97204 Adjacent to Embassy Suites Downtown Portland 503-223-6200

Save The Date(s):

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

Portland based jazz pianist Tony Pacini is scheduled to perform with internationally acclaimed jazz men. This year (2012) will find Portland favorite Pacini on bandstands with such luminaries as vibraphonist and drummer Chuck Redd, jazz tenor saxophonist/sensation Harry Allen, and N.Y. based jazz trumpeter Jeremy Pelt. Earlier this year, Pacini was featured in concert settings with Israeli jazz saxophonist Anat Cohen and trumpeter phenom Byron Stripling. Information about Pacini’s remaining highlights of the year along with references to the cool cats he’s performing with may be found below.

NOVEMBER 23rd, 24th, 2012: jazz pianist Tony Pacini will perform with trumpeter Jeremy Pelt at the Oxford (Bend, OR), – Tickets available in October at: http://www.oxfordhotelbend.com/jazz-at-the-oxford.htm | http://jeremypelt.net

DECEMBER 26th, 2012: international tenor sax sensation Harry Allen returns to Portland to perform with good pal and colleague Tony Pacini and the Mel Brown Quartet at Jimmy Mak’s – reservations recommended; 503-295-6542 www.jimmymaks.com | http://www.harryallenjazz.com

Tony Pacini’s Full Schedule May Be Viewed At: http://tonypacini.com/schedule.html

2012-2013 Jazz Year: (Jazz Pianist Tony Pacini’s Schedule in brief)

LOCALLY, CATCH JAZZ PIANIST TONY PACINI AT THE FOLLOWING VENUES:

Wednesdays:

Tony Pacini with the Mel Brown Quartet every Wednesday at Jimmy Mak’s. Tony Pacini piano, Dan Balmer guitar, Ed Bennett bass, Mel Brown drums. Jimmy Mak’s 221 N.W. 10th Avenue Portland, OR 97209 503-295-6542

Thursdays:

Catch Tony Pacini in solo piano context every Thusday at Portland Prime, 5:30pm-8:30pm. Located at 121 Southwest 3rd Avenue Portland, OR  97204 Adjacent to Embassy Suites Downtown Portland 503-223-6200

Fridays:

Firstly: (Every Friday) don’t miss Tony Pacini’s solo piano sets at Portland Prime (7pm-10pm), that is until (secondly), it’s the last Friday of the month when the Tony Pacini Trio performs at Wilf’s Restaurant 800 N.W. 6th Avenue Portland, OR 97209 503-221-0070 Tony Pacini-piano, Ed Bennett-bass, Tim Rap-drums.

Saturdays:

Jazz pianist Tony Pacini performs with bassist Ed Bennett and drummer Mel Brown every Saturday at Portland Prime 7:30pm-11:00pm. Portland Prime: 121 Southwest 3rd Avenue Portland, OR  97204 Adjacent to Embassy Suites Downtown Portland 503-223-6200

Vibraphonist Chuck Redd performs with the Mel Brown Quartet Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 at Jimmy Mak's, 8pm Join us Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 when internationally acclaimed vibraphonist Chuck Redd performs with good friend/jazz pianist Tony Pacini, and the Mel Brown Quartet; guitarist Dan Balmer, bassist Ed Bennett, and drummer Mel Brown. All ages welcome. Reservations advised; call 503-295-6542.

Chuck Redd’s Bio: Visit: http://chuckredd.com/bio.htm

When: Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 (Special Concert)

Who: Internationally acclaimed vibraphonist Chuck Redd with M.B.Q. (Mel Brown Quartet).

Featuring: Tony Pacini-piano, Dan Balmer-guitar, Ed Bennett-bass, Mel Brown-drums.

Where: Jimmy Mak’s 221 NW 10th Avenue Portland, Oregon 97209

Time: 8:00pm-11:00pm

All ages welcome for the first set (8:00pm-9:30pm)

Reservations advised:$12 See below
Venue Info: 503-295-6542 www.jimmymaks.com

PIANIST TONY PACINI PERFORMS AT THE 2012 OREGON COAST JAZZ PARTY:

When:October 5th-7th, 2012
Who: TONY PACINI with assorted artists.
This year’s festival includes: Clayton Brothers Quintet (John Clayton, Terell Stafford, Gerald Clayton, Jeff Clayton, Obed Calvaire), Graham Dechter, Denise Donatelli, Wycliffe Gordon, Jeff Hamilton, Atsuko Hashimoto, Gary Hobbs, Bill Mays, Ken Peplowski, Chuck Redd, Kenny Washington, and Portland’s own Tony Pacini, just to name a few.
Where: Oregon Coast Jazz Party Newport, Oregon
Times: see schedule link below
Schedule: http://www.jazzatnewport.org/home.cfm?dir_cat=100657
$38 Per day tickets available or VIP full weekend pass – Visit the website link below for hotel recommendations as well.
Tickets: http://www.jazzatnewport.org/home.cfm?dir_cat=32025

Jazz Pianist Tony Pacini Recaps Some Nice Shows Of 2012

Some great shows coming up this year – 2012 ( see below )

October 2012
Join me this year in Newport, Oregon for the Jazz Party there October 5th, 6th, and 7th, 2012. I’ll be on the stand several times this year, and with some internationally acclaimed jazz artists; Chuck Redd, Jeff Clayton, and Gary Hobbs, just to name a few.

Please check back often at my Schedule Page for updates about tickets, venues, times, etc.

May 2012 Anat Cohen and Tony Pacini backstage before the show.

I had the great honor and privilege of sharing the bandstand with Israeli born saxophonist / clarinetist Anat Cohen this Spring. The performance occurred at Mt. Hood Community College’s Performing Arts Theater on Friday night, May 4th, 2012 with Anat on sax and clarinet, myself on piano, Tim Gilson on bass and drummer Gary Hobbs. We performed some of Anat’s arrangements on such tunes as “Lullaby Of The Leaves”, Jimmy Rowles’ “The Peacocks”, Ornette Coleman’s “Blues Connotation”, and an original Anat Cohen melody line written to the changes of “After You’ve Gone”, done blistering fast I might add.

Although this show was open to the public, it was also part of the college’s invitational festival held every first weekend in May, when high schools from all corners of the state, and beyond, arrive on Saturday to perform, compete and experience jazz education at the highest level. I was also honored to sit along side colleague / drummer Gary Hobbs as one of those judges for the division 1 category. The day started at 8:30am with the usual judges meeting, and the judging/performing started at 9:00am, continuing to 5:00pm, and with a lunch break thrown in for good measure. Judges present at this year’s festival included, Stan Bock, Brian Dickerson, Paul Mazzio, Jeff Usitalo, Dave Barduhn, Tim Gilson, Gary Hobbs and myself. As well as being able to share with all those teenaged performers some guidance to getting the most out of the music, I found myself easing back in my chair a few times throughout the day due to some stellar soloists and presentations. At times, it felt as if I had been looking into an oracle that gave me a little glimpse into the future of jazz, – and it looked good. Congratulations to Sunset, David Douglas and West Linn High Schools for your success at the festival.

PDX Jazz Festival, February, 2012
The Tony Pacini Trio (featuring bassist Ed Bennett, drummer Mel Brown, and myself), were invited by Don Lucoff to play at this year’s (2012) PDX Jazz Festival. The theme on the main stage Saturday night was Italian. We played songs by Italian-American musicians, Henry Mancini, George Wallington (a.k.a. Giacinto Figlia), Frank Rosolino, Frank Sinatra, and Tony Bennett. Following us, Italian trumpeter Enrico Rava took the stage with his band “Tribe” featuring; Enrico on trumpet, Gianluca Petrella on trombone, Giovanni Guidi on piano, bassist Gabriele Evangelista, and drummer Fabrizio Sferra. We couldn’t stay for long because we had to get over to the Portland Embassy Suites Hotel for our weekly Saturday night gig, but surprisingly, Enrico’s band was staying there for this leg of their tour. They popped in after their set and caught our last set at Prime that night, and we conversed endlessly about jazz. Truly a delightful evening.

The Tony Pacini Trio Performs At The 2012 PDX Jazz Festival.

Many thanks to Don Lucoff (PDX Jazz Festival Director), Classic Pianos, Enrico, and the Winningstad Theater and their staff for this year’s great festival.

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011: 8:00pm-11:00pm Jimmy Mak’s Presents: Internationally Acclaimed Vibraphonist Chuck Redd with the Mel Brown Quartet, Tony Pacini-piano, Dan Balmer-guitar,
Ed Bennett-bass, Mel Brown-drums, Wednesday, October 12th, 2011, 8:00pm Jimmy Mak’s 221 N.W. 10th Avenue at Everett Street in the Pearl District, Portland, OR For Reservations Call 503-221-6542

Friday, October 14th, 2011: 7:30pm-9:30pm: TONY PACINI FEATURED IN GEORGE FENDEL’S PIANO SERIES WITH DIANE SCHUUR’S BASSIST SCOTT STEED AND ACCLAIMED JAZZ ARTIST CHUCK REDD ON DRUMS: at Classic Pianos 3003 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue Portland, OR. Reservations Strongly Recomended; Call Peggie Zachery at: 503-546-5622 – This show will be recorded.

Saturday, October 15th, 2011: THE TONY PACINI TRIO IN CONCERT WITH INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED VIBRAPHONIST CHUCK REDD,  (Tony Pacini piano, Chuck Redd-vibes, Tim Rap-drums, Scott Steed-bass),
at the Old Stone Church 157 NW Franklin Ave Bend, Oregon Time: 7:00pm-9:30pm Venue Info: For tickets http://www.raisethevibe.net/jazzatjoes/
Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011: Trumpet Phenom Byron Stripling performs with Tony Pacini and the Mel Brown Quartet at Jimmy Mak’s 221 N.W. 10th Avenue at Everett Street in the Pearl District, Portland, OR For Reservations Call 503-221-6542

THIS WEDNESDAY EVENING, MARCH 9TH, WASHINGTON D.C. VIBRAPHONIST CHUCK REDD RETURNS TO PORTLAND TO PERFORM WITH PIANIST TONY PACINI AND THE MEL BROWN QUARTET – 8PM.

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Chuck Redd in concert with Tony Pacini and the Mel Brown Quartet Wednesday, March 9th, 2011


When: Wednesday, March 9th, 2011 CHUCK REDD IN CONCERT
Who: M.B.Q. Featuring: Chuck Redd-vibes, Tony Pacini-piano, Dan Balmer-guitar,
Ed Bennett-bass, Mel Brown-drums.
Where: Jimmy Mak’s (Mel Brown Quartet)
221 NW 10th Avenue Portland, Oregon 97209
Time: 8:00pm-11:00pm
Featuring the music and arrangements of: Tony Pacini, and Ed Bennett.
All ages welcome for the first set (8:00pm-9:30pm)
Venue Info: 503-295-6542 www.jimmymaks.com

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Having A Blast In 2009

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

I‘m having a blast in 2009 working with some great people in jazz. Tony Pacini Performs with Bill Henderson

On Wednesday, April 15th, I had the honor of accompanying vocalist/actor Bill Henderson, (formerly of Count Basie’s Orchestra). We performed quite a few selections off Bill’s new CD “Beautiful Memory”, and had a great time sharing experiences amongst ourselves, as well as with the audience. I always think of Bill’s role in the motion picture “City Slickers” as much as I think of him as a Jazz Vocalist for some reason. I guess that’s the entertainment business for you.

On Wednesday, May 27th, 2009, I found myself on stage with jazz trumpet sensation Terell Stafford. After the usual afternoon rehearsal, we (Ed Bennett-bass, Mel Brown-drums, myself on piano, and Terell Stafford on trumpet), all converged on the bandstand for some of the most soulful trumpet led music I have had the honor of being a part of. Terell brings both jazz history and forward thinking vision to his compositions, arrangements and playing. Tony Pacini Performs with Terell Stafford

On Friday, May 8th, 2009, I met, rehearsed, and performed with alto saxophonist Antonio Hart. The band consisted of Gary Hobbs on drums, Tim Gilson on bass, and myself on piano. Antonio brought so much energy to the bandstand, that I was amazed after he announced he felt a “little under the weather”, and “stuck on a different time-zone”. We played some of his compositions, but what really blew me away was his Coltrane-ish approach on the alto while playing standards.

The following day, the four of us did a performance at Mt. Hood Community College thanks to Susie May Jones (instrumental -pun intended- jazz faculty of the college, responsible for putting together such great artists, workshops and performances).

Thank You Susie!

And, thanks for saving the Mt. Hood Festival of Jazz!
We are all forever grateful.

Tony Pacini Trio Records Live: August, 2009

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

The Tony Pacini Trio Records Live -in concert In addition to performing every Wednesday night at Jimmy Mak’s (Portland’s premiere jazz club), my Trio recorded live there on Wednesday, August 5th, 2009. Our hope is to produce a follow up CD to our previous release, “Live At Jimmy Mak’s” which is currently celebrating worldwide popularity (especially in Japan). I’ll let you know how the production of our newest CD is coming along here at www.tonypacini.com, so check back frequently.

In the meanwhile, feel free to listen to
this audio sample from a rough mix of that night’s session
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Note: The Mp3 sample above is unedited and has not been mixed.

What’s Ahead In 2010?

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

I‘m looking forward to some spectacular performances in the coming year. 2010 proves to be as rewarding, if not more exciting than ever before with a line-up you don’t want to miss – see below

A brief, “What’s coming” listed below: Please save the dates,
& please check the Schedule Page for updates!

  • Thursday, December 17th, 2009:
    Dick Berk Welcome Home Bash
    at Wilf’s Restaurant with Tony Pacini, Ed Bennett, and special guests.
  • Thursday, December 31st, 2009: New Year’s Eve Dinner Set at Jimmy Mak’s with The Mel Brown Quartet.
  • Saturday, February 13th, 2010: An Evening Of Elegance with The Tony Pacini Trio , Astoria, OR.
  • Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010: Chuck Redd at Jimmy Mak’s with
    Tony Pacini-piano, Ed Bennett-bass, Mel Brown-drums.
  • Wednesday, April 21st, 2010: with Benny Golson at Jimmy Mak’s with
    Tony Pacini-piano, Ed Bennett-bass, Mel Brown-drums; Portland, OR.
  • Saturday, May 8th, 2010: with Byron Stripling at Jimmy Mak’s, Portland, OR, with Tony Pacini-piano, Tim Gilson-bass, Gary Hobbs-drums.
  • Sunday, May 23rd, 2010: Chez Hanny’s in San Francisco with the Dick Berk Group, (Tony Pacini-piano, Scott Steed-bass, Dick Berk-drums).

I’ve lined up Chuck Redd for a return visit with the Mel Brown Quartet in early March (Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010). Hopefully I can arrange for vibes master Chuck to share a bandstand with drum master Dick Berk. Stay tuned.

This is going to happen; I’ll be sharing the bandstand with one of the most venerable, and sophisticated tenor saxophonists of all time, whose integrity, inspiration, and contributions to jazz bridge all divides, the great Benny Golson. Yes, that’s Benny Golson. Please check back with me here at the website in the near future for details regarding this once in a lifetime Portland performance scheduled for Wednesday, April 21st, 2010.

On Saturday, May 8th, jazz trumpet star Byron Stripling will grace the bandstand at Jimmy Mak’s backed by Gary Hobbs on drums, Tim Gilson on bass and myself on piano. Byron is a great jazz trumpeter, doing everything from film scores (literally playing like Satch), to blowing Be-bop, swing, writing, etc. For our engagement in May, Gary Hobbs will be on drums with Tim Gilson on bass, and I will be on piano. I can’t wait for this.

Louis Armstrong Signature(Hey Bryon, you might appreciate this little pic I made. The signed note was given to me by my high school counselor the day I graduated. She had the opportunity to meet Louis as a little girl, and wanted me to have it. At first I refused accepting it knowing that she should preserve her memory of conversing with such an iconic “Jazz Saint” if you will. She insisted I have it saying; “You’re deserving of it”, and so I accepted it, and honorably guard it in my jazz shrine. It sits with my original copy of 78 speed lps of “The Dizzy Gillespie Big Band”, as well as a few Satch cuts too).