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