BRIGHT SPARKS, DEEP SHADOWS: JON-ERIK KELLSO, ROSSANO SPORTIELLO, TAL RONEN at MEZZROW (Sept. 16, 2019)

This sign is catnip to me and to other cats — so much so that we were standing in line (in a drizzle) outside of Mezzrow long before the Powers would open the door.  But our perseverance was well rewarded, that night of September 16, when Jon-Erik Kellso, trumpet; Rossano Sportiello, piano; Tal Ronen, string bass, got together for a vibrant imaginative session.  Here are a few highlights.

Rossano’s musical beverage, TEA FOR TWO:

Honoring Fathahood, MONDAY DATE:

ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE (featuring Tal):

I’M CRAZY ‘BOUT MY BABY, echoing not only Fats but also Ruby and Ralph:

Rossano’s marriage of Sammy Cahn, Saul Chaplin, and Fred Chopin, in SHOE SHINE BOY / Waltz, Opus 69, No. 1:

And Jon-Erik’s suggestion that we not leave, STICK AROUND:

Brilliant solo voices, rewarding thoughtful ensemble interplay.  Yes, it happened.

May your happiness increase!

3 responses to “BRIGHT SPARKS, DEEP SHADOWS: JON-ERIK KELLSO, ROSSANO SPORTIELLO, TAL RONEN at MEZZROW (Sept. 16, 2019)

  1. Dear Michael,
    Thank you for these types of posts! Like you, I am one of those cats that would routinely go clubbing to hear these cats and others of their ilk. They are superb and the atmosphere is so relaxed and conducive to Jazz expression. However, according to Siri, this cat is 714 miles as the crow flies from NYC so it’s not practical for me. Nevertheless, with your videos, I can sit in my recliner with my iPad over WiFi onto my tv and sound bar and voila; I’ve got a front row seat and my happiness instantly increases! Many thanks!

  2. Your happiness increases mine, and that’s no stage joke!

  3. Michael, thanks you so much for these great offerings. When it comes to our style of Traditional Jazz, I can think of no  better modern Icons than Rossano S. and John K.  When I had the chance to interview Rossano in Cleveland, I found him so kind and genteel. When I told him at the wrap up that I see him as a wondrous and superb representative of our style of Jazz. He was pleased. It is still so hard for me to believe that he has no other family members that were musical. He stated that his first experience was at age 7 when his father took him to Rome to hear a symphony. He was transfixed and it changed his life. Special Thanks to You, dad SportielloBe Well, Doug and Susanna W. from Wheeling, W.Va.

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