Great performance at Rutherfurd Hall with Tommy Gryce
My friend, Dan Monaghan, who is also a great drummer and frequent bandmate has helped me to fulfill a long time dream of having a big band to play my arrangements. He has assembled 16 of the finest jazz musicians from the Philadelphia area plus the wonderful vocalist, Joanna Pascale to rehearse and perform a book of charts that I have been writing over the past few years. We were to perform tonight at Chris' Jazz Cafe in Philly but had to cancel due to one of the biggest snow storms we've had in some time. We will re-schedule. Joanna performs 9 songs that I had the pleasure of scoring the background for. She did such an amazing job on my recent cd, "Larry McKenna From All Sides" and I've written big band charts for "The Close Things" and "One Falling Tree", both from that cd. "One Falling Tree" is the tune that WRTI listeners chose to come in at #2 from the Top100 releases of 2013. It was on their Hot 11 Countdown for 18 consecutive weeks. Please stay tuned to see when we are re-scheduling the big band gig. You can also check it out on facebook. Enter the timeline for the Larry McKenna Jazz Orchestra (LMJO).