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The Terell Stafford Sextet Celebrates Strayhorn at Dizzy’s Club "Coca-Cola"

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Terell Stafford Sextet
www.terellstafford.com

This Side of Strayhorn
(Billy Strayhorn Bio)

With:
Terell Stafford on Trumpet and Flugelhorn
Bruce Barth on Piano
Peter Washington on Bass
Dana Hall on Drums
Tim Warfield on Tenor and Soprano Sax
Joanna Pascale on Vocals

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
January 15, 2012


Terell Stafford brought a fine sextet tonight to celebrate the music of Billy Strayhorn. “Time Share” opened with a blast of energized fury, and at this moment I noticed that Terell Stafford’s band was not just powerful in presenting the music, but they were also powerful in presenting themselves. That is, they were the best dressed band I’d ever seen, so great to see as well as to listen to. Tim Warfield, on tenor sax, went wild, before Bruce Barth, on piano, took the lead. The bluesy melody was filled with bounce, as Barth projected the rhythms by swaying on the bench. Peter Washington took a rippling solo, seeming to improvise in a rapid riff. Dana Hall, on drums, was featured in between Stafford’s forceful trumpet. The next piece was dedicated to Lana Turner, in a touch of class, with a midnight Hollywood tone. It was played as if a sing-able foxtrot, with Stafford’s long, virtuosic solo. Everyone added special effects to make this a tremendous musical memory.

Joanna Pascale, the band’s vocalist, tonight, joined the stage for “Something To Live For”. She sang with clarity and incandescence. Stafford joined in for brassy interludes, before Barth brought out compelling chords and ornamentations. “Just A-Sittin’ and A-Rockin’” was composed by Strayhorn with Duke Ellington in 1941, with lyrics by Lee Gaines. Stafford put the mute on the trumpet for retro effects, and Ms. Pascale was in her element. For the next piece, Stafford switched to flugelhorn, and from here on the band was on its own, with instrumental focus. The band morphed into a poignant rhythm trio, Barth, Washington, and Hall, before the soprano sax combined with drums for the spotlight. The momentum surged with dynamism, as Dana Hall took an endless percussive riff, a fantastic ending to Stafford’s second set.



Todd Barkan Introduces
Terell Stafford Sextet
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Bruce Barth on Piano, Terell Stafford on Trumpet,
Peter Washington on Bass, Dana Hall on Drums,
Tim Warfield with Sax
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Terel Stafford, Peter Washington,
Dana Hall, Tim Warfield
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Terell Stafford on Trumpet
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Peter Washington, Tim Warfield,
Dana Hall
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Bruce Barth, Peter Washington
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Terell Stafford, Peter Washington,
Tim Warfield
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Joanna Pascale, Vocalist,
Joins Terell Stafford Sextet
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Joanna Pascale, Vocalist,
Joins Terell Stafford Sextet
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Terell Stafford on Flugelhorn,
with Peter Washington
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Terell Stafford Sextet
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Todd Barkan and Terell Stafford
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Todd Barkan with Pam and Robyn,
Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola Jazz Fans
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



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