June 8, 2008
Vibes, piano, vocal
"Savanna's Sunday Evening Jazz":
Sun., June 8, 2008
John Cocuzzi Quartet
By Vivian Lee
Well, it looks like the hot weather is finally here - at least that's what the thermostat in my car said yesterday. I know that inside of our temporary digs in the Sierra Room the music coming from the stage was definitely hot. Pianist and vibraphonist John Cocuzzi blew into the club with his quartet (Shelley Denny on bass, Steve Homan on guitar and Vince Bartels on drums) like a hot breeze blowing off the southern delta, and I'm not talking about the Sacramento delta either.
Going from "Little Sunflower" to Mercer Ellington's "Things Ain't What They Used To Be" to Lester Young's "The King," the vibes just hummed and filled the room. John also did triple duty, playing piano and singing during the evening as well — a latin twist to "People Will Say We're In Love."
A couple of my personal highlights of the evening: the arrangement of vibes, guitar and bass on "Blame It on My Youth"; it was haunting, with Steve on guitar just whispering behind the vibes, painting a beautiful palette of sounds and emotions. The second was the solo piano arrangement of Benny Goodman's closer, "Goodbye." And being the master showman that he is, we couldn't finish the evening without a little call-and-response with the audience on "Hey Bob Ba Re Bop."
It was a great swinging evening of jazz.
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