Gary Farr & His All Star Big Band
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Gary Farr & His All Star Big Band

Boca Raton, Florida, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | INDIE

Boca Raton, Florida, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2012
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GARY FARR ALL-STAR BAND OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE
It was a concert that will be long remembered by Big Band patrons of the Swing & Jazz Preservation Society.
Gary Farr and his All-Stars rolled out a booming, precision played array of tunes that one audience member said afterwards to Gary, “This was the greatest big band music I’ve heard in my nine years of membership in the Society.”
Opening the program with Take the A Train and rocking on, showcasing the talents of solo turns by GARY FARR (Piano, Conductor), TONY LAVENDER on Drums, BILLY ROSS, Sax, MIKE BRIGNOLA, Baritone Sax, RANDY EMERICK, Saxes, DOUG MICHELS, Trumpet; GARY THOMAS, Upright Bass; RON FATTORUSSO, Sax, CISCO DIMAS, Trumpet; RICHARD BROOKENS, Sax; and the other excellent musicians, along with Vocalists LISANNE LYONS, MATT FARR, and DANIELLE NATIVIDAD.
After playing the Doc Severinsen arrangement of In The Mood a quartet of musicians consisting of Farr on piano, Billy Ross, tenor sax, Tony Lavender, drums and Gary Thomas, bass, performed a beautiful rendition of In a Sentimental Mood.
Danielle Natividad upped the tempo with her singing What a Little Moonlight Can Do. She was joined by Matt Farr to sing Unforgettable then Matt sang I Could Write a Book.
Continuing with a tribute to British composers throughout the evening, Gary introduced his arrangement of the Downton Abbey Theme. Lisanne Lyons did her first number Orange Colored Sky and Gary closed out the first set with famed Brubeck number Take Five.
A driving, pulsating arrangement of Chicago opened the second half of the show. Gary arranged an interesting medley of James Bond film songs to celebrate British composer John Barry. This followed with Ms. Natividad performing an outstanding rendition of Goldfinger.
The biggest saxophone anyone ever saw, named a contra bass sax was played by Randy Emerick as the band accompanied him on the haunting Stardust. Blues for Randy, an original composition Gary wrote for Randy’s contra featured Randy, with solos by Ron Fattorusso on sax, Russ Freeland, trombone and Cisco Dimas, trumpet.
The final two numbers of the program demonstrated the artistry of this band: Lisanne Lyons sang Blues in the Night including a second chorus of high pitched scat singing that wowed the crowd. The band’s closing number of The Beatles’ Get Back featured drummer Tony Lavendar driving the entire band to an exciting, harmonized finish.
Watch for a future appearance of this great band next season. - Mort Mazor


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Live At The Funky Biscuit CD available at www.garyfarrbigband.com

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