If you’ve seen the first half of this concert (expertly produced by Paul Blystone) I don’t have to tell you how fine it was. If not, you can see it here.
Rossano opened the second half with one of his solo extravaganzas, connecting O SOLE MIO, Johnny Mandel’s A TIME FOR LOVE, Chopin’s Nocturne in Eb and his “Revolutionary” Etude:
The quartet reassembled for a strolling version of ROSETTA:
EXACTLY LIKE YOU began as a duo-piano exploration, then Nicki and Hal joined in — the latter’s hi-hat cymbal work a special pleasure:
Stephanie took the spotlight for Fats Waller’s MINOR DRAG:
She then offered Albert Ammons’ BOOGIE WOOGIE STOMP — and a man from Milan couldn’t resist joining in:
Nicki asked the vexing question (courtesy of Louis Jordan) IS YOU IS OR IS YOU AIN’T MY BABY?
Early in the performance, Rossano warmly welcomed the stride pianist and scholar Mike Lipskin — a student of Willie “the Lion” Smith’s. To close the concert, Rossano asked Mike to join the quartet for a truly mobile AFTER YOU’VE GONE:
It was an extraordinary concert — and the first time these four artists had performed as a group.
P.S. After an Italian dinner and a night’s sleep, this quartet reassembled for an Afternoon of Swing at the beautiful Filoli Gardens. Those performances are coming soon to a blog near you.
May your happiness increase.