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Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola

Joe Lovano Big Band
(Joe Lovano Website)

With
Joe Lovano on Tenor Sax
Steve Slagle on Alto Sax and Flute
Gary Smulyan on Baritone Sax
Ralph LaLama on Tenor Sax
Tim Hagans on Trumpet
Barry Ries on Trumpet
Larry Farrell on Trombone
James Weidman on Piano
Lewis Nash on Drums
Cameron Brown on Bass

At
Frederick P. Rose Hall
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
Broadway at 60th Street
NY, NY
212.258.9595
(Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola Website)
Todd Barkan, Programming Director
Scott Thompson, Press


Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
June 28, 2009


Tonight’s Joe Lovano Big Band lit up the second set with contemporary, percussive sound, as it burst into the music, no introductions or formalities. Swing rhythms shifted to explosive rhythms, and the music raced in steady fusion. A muted trumpet and Larry Farrell’s sensational trombone merged against James Weidman’s soft piano effects. Weidman belted out a Boogie Woogie improvisation, enhancing the Band’s already energetic force. Lovano announced the next song as “Aisha”, and this soulful melody contrasted brightly from the whizzing work just heard. Brass and reeds joined in moody melancholy, with wraparound warmth and expressive elegance.

Lovano’s Big Band was now in a midnight moment, and “Buckeyes” started with Lovano stamping his foot. Gary Smulyan’s deep baritone sax whipped up a waterfall of notes that backed Lovano’s brilliantly soaring sax. A trumpet solo could have passed for a train gone wild, in vivid virtuoso resonance. The next piece, featuring Tim Hagans, combined atonal sax and eerie trumpet with Lewis Nash’s scintillating drum riff. Lovano mentioned his recording, Streams of Expressions, and the next work turned bluesy, but with enough fullness for his ten-piece Big Band. Lovano took the lead, and this man has presence and stamina. The final piece of the evening was first enriched with Barry Ries' muted trumpet, ended with full trumpet’s blare, and included a riff for everyone. Check the Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola Website for future dates and artists.



JOE LOVANO (tenor sax), with CAMERON BROWN (bass),
STEVE SLAGLE (alto sax), and LEWIS NASH (drums)
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


CAMERON BROWN, STEVE SLAGLE,
LEWIS NASH, with RALPH LALAMA (tenor sax) and
TIM HAGANS (trumpet)
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


JOE LOVANO, with CAMERON BROWN, STEVE SLAGLE,
and LEWIS NASH
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


LARRY FARRELL (trombone)
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


CAMERON BROWN (bass) and STEVE SLAGLE (flute)
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


GARY SMULYAN (bar. sax) and JOE LOVANO (tenor sax)
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


BARRY RIES (trumpet)
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


CAMERON BROWN (bass)
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


JOE LOVANO (tenor sax)
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


TIM HAGANS (trumpet)
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


BARRY RIES (trumpet)
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


STEVE SLAGLE (alto sax)
and CAMERON BROWN (bass)
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


JAMES WEIDMAN (piano)
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


RALPH LALAMA (tenor sax)
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


LARRY FARRELL, JOE LOVANO,
STEVE SLAGLE, RALPH LALAMA,
TIM HAGANS, and GARY SMULYAN
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


GARY SMULYAN (bar. sax) and CAMERON BROWN (bass)
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


TODD BARKAN, PROGRAMMING DIRECTOR,
DIZZY'S CLUB COCA-COLA
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower




For more information, contact Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower at zlokower@bestweb.net