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THEY’RE COMING, BRINGING SWING

I’ve just learned that there are a few tickets still available for what promises to be a romping swing extravaganza this coming Saturday, July 28.  Don’t miss this!

Rossano Sportiello (piano) and Nicki Parrott (string bass, vocals) will swing out with Hal Smith (drums) and Stephanie Trick (piano) in concert on Saturday, July 28, beginning at 5 PM at Dominican College in San Rafael — that’s in Angelico Hall, at is 50 Acacia Avenue. Tickets are $30: purchase HERE.

I have it on good authority that the lady pictured below, the Zucchini Queen of the East Bay, will be there as well.  She always buys two tickets.

Here’s a sample of what the audience — mammalian or plant-based — can look forward to:

May your happiness increase.

DON’T MISS THIS! ROSSANO, HAL, NICKI, STEPHANIE (July 28, 2012)

Late July lends itself to a kind of peaceful slowing-down.  You can happily sit in a canvas chair, facing the garden, and watch the zucchini grow more monstrous by the hour.  You could watch the little birds skitter across the sand at your favorite beach.  You can make ratatouille.

All these pleasures are divine (although the zucchini can terrify) but they can be visited at your leisure.  I want to remind JAZZ LIVES readers who live in the Bay Area that a midsummer pleasure is coming to San Rafael on July 28 — like an eclipse, it will be here for a short time and once it’s gone . . .

Four extraordinary musicians will be having their own little jazz party.  You’re invited!

Rossano Sportiello (piano) and Nicki Parrott (string bass, vocals) will swing out with Hal Smith (drums) and Stephanie Trick (piano) in concert on Saturday, July 28, beginning at 5 PM at Dominican College in San Rafael — that’s in Angelico Hall, and the street address is 50 Acacia Avenue. Tickets are $30 apiece, and can be purchased here. Or you can call 1-800-838-3006, extension 1.  Don’t wait!  All proceeds from this concert will go to the Dominican College’s piano fund . . . they’ve bought a nine-foot Bosendoerfer, which is always a great thing.

So back away from that grill.  Put down that mojito. Only for a moment, mind you.  We hope to see you there!

Or, for the visual learners in the house, here’s your choice.

Armful of zucchini?

Or Handful of Keys?

May your happiness increase.

BICOASTAL BLISS: ROSSANO SPORTIELLO, STEPHANIE TRICK, NICKI PARROTT, HAL SMITH — TWICE! (July 28 and 29, 2012)

Bicoastal musical pleasure is coming to two locations in Northern California this summer.  New Yorkers Rossano Sportiello (piano) and Nicki Parrott (string bass, vocals) will happily play with Stephanie Trick (piano) and Hal Smith (drums) in two concerts on consecutive days.  And for those of us who no longer stay up into the early morning hours easily, both concert performances begin before 6 PM.

First, on Saturday, July 28, there’s “An Evening of Swing,” a concert beginning at 5 PM at Dominican College in San Rafael — that’s in Angelico Hall, and the street address is 50 Acacia Avenue.  Tickets are $30 apiece, and can be purchased here.  Or you can call 1-800-838-3006, extension 1.  Although July 28 seems a long way away, don’t wait — Angelico Hall is not huge and the event is expected to sell out.  All proceeds from this concert will go to the Dominican College’s piano fund . . . they’ve bought a nine-foot Bosendoerfer, which is always a great event.  I can hear it now!  (Look for us and say hello!)

The Sunday, July 29, “An Afternoon of Swing” sits in the middle of Filoli’s six-concert series.  The bad news is that this concert has been sold out for weeks.  The good news is that tickets are available for others in the series.  The Beloved and I will be there for Rossano and Co. and hope to return for Jane Monheit — featuring our friends Michael Kanan and Neal Miner.  Here’s the schedule: June 24 – Pat Martino Trio (tickets still available) / July 8 – Arturo Sandoval  (sold out)  July 29 – “An Afternoon of Swing,” Rossano Sportiello with Nicki Parrott, Hal Smith, and Stephanie Trick / August 12 – Jane Monheit / August 26 – Cyrus Chestnut Quartet / September 23 – Catherine Russell.  To purchase tickets for any other Jazz at Filoli concerts, click here.  And for more information or to purchase tickets by phone, call Monday through Friday, 9:00am – 4:00pm at 650–364–8300, ext. 508.  Filoli is famous worldwide as a magnificent house with an extensive formal garden: click history     to see astonishing photos.

If you were among the prudent people who bought tickets in advance for the July 29 event at Filoli, the Beloved and I will be there . . . she exploring the gardens in advance of the concert, me staking out seats in front of the music.

But tickets are still available for the July 28 concert at 5 PM at Dominican College in San Rafael. Don’t miss your chance to hear four delightful improvisers who play well with others show how it’s done . . . at the highest level.

May your happiness increase.