Things are getting ready for the grand day on July 13, 2013. We are expecting a record crowd. All preparations are made – but, as Robert Burns said “the best laid plans of mice and men often so astray”.
Our late afternoon featured guest performer, Joe Negri, has health issues. He, regretfully, had to cancel his appearance with us. His rhythm group remains the same with Max, Tom and Tony. At Joe’s suggestion, the group will be fronted by a dear friend and extraordinary musician and arranger, Mike Tomaro. Mike is the head of Jazz Studies at Duquesne University. He had played with the greatest names in jazz and has arranged for Grammy Award winners. Mike joins the pantheon of great arrangers from Pittsburgh such as John Wilson, Billy Strayhorn, Billy May, and Sam Nestico. While many of us were looking forward to seeing and hearing “Handy Man Negri” – believe me, there is no dropping off of musical talent or skill. Mike and the group will dazzle you with their music and virtuosity.
One other change – Lenny Rogers, renowned Pittsburgh jazz drummer, will be performing with Frank Cunimondo. Patty Skala will also provide vocals with that group.
Jazz in the Meadow seems to grow with each event and the talent remains top caliber.
We hope you can join us in the Laurel Highlands for the day of “friendship and jazz” – July 13.