On Saturday Jan 25th at Chan’s Fine Oriental Dining WCS artists will present a musical tribute to our dearly departed friend and colleague Debra Mann featuring Debra’s bandmates and Whaling City artists Dino Govoni, David Zinno and Steve Langone. The band will also feature Brad Hatfield on piano and Dane Vannatter on vocals. The band will carry on Debra’s annual tribute to the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim as well as some of Debra’s originals and other favorites.
DAVE ZINNO [bass] and his group, Unisphere [Mike Tucker-ts, Eric Benny Bloom-tpt/flg, Tim Ray-p, Rafael Barata-drm], have issued their second recording. In Zinno’s notes, he references Rio as his home base and discusses the fusion of North American and Brazilian music. As a result, one might expect a recording of soft and pretty cliched music. Not so, led by Mike Tucker’s consistently strong tenor work, this is closer to a hard bop exploration. Recorded 11/28 & 29/18, STORIES TOLD is the latest from Whaling City [#113] in a string of well thought out jazz recordings and offerings overall better than the tired old music issued by the names on major labels today. A mixture of 9 originals and covers [66:18], a good choice for those looking for adventure and not just familiarity.