Monday, May 28, 2012

Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra June Concert Features Music of Basie

The Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra
Plays the Music of Count Basie

Philharmonic Center for the Arts
5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard
Naples, FL 34108-2740
(239) 597-1900 or
(800) 597-1900

June 7, 2012
Two Shows: 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

The Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra
Plays the Music of Count Basie

Featuring saxophonist Lew Del Gatto

Glenn Basham (violin and harmonica)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
 Dan Miller (trumpet)
Jerry Stawski (piano)
Mike Harvey (drums)
and Paul Shewchuk (bass)

The Count Basie Orchestra was the most swinging band in the history of jazz. The band exemplified the 'Kansas City Sound': raw, energetic and blues-based. It was a unique combination of Basie's elegant piano style, exciting arrangements (One O'Clock Jump, Moten Swing, April In Paris) and a swinging rhythm section driving world class soloists. The tenor saxophone soloists who defined the Count Basie sound read like a history of the instrument: Lester Young, Herschel Evans, Chu Berry, Don Byas, Wardell Grey, Illinois Jacquet, Lucky Thompson, Paul Quinichette, Billy Mitchell, Lockjaw Davis, Frank Foster, Frank Wess and Jimmy Forrest.

Saxophonist Lew Del Gatto has a big, beautiful, warm sound and swinging style that places him firmly in the tradition of the great Basie tenor men. Lew has been a dynamic figure in the music scene for over 40 years. His versatility and knowledgeable comprehension of musical art-form was the basis for a stellar career. He has been involved with jingles, films, jazz and television. He was a saxophonist with the Saturday Night Live band from 1975-2005. He has recorded for such artists as Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones, Harry Connick Jr and the Brecker Brothers. Lew has appeared with many giants in the music world, including Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Liza Minelli, Buddy Rich, Herbie Hancock, Phil Woods and the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra.

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