2001-07-07 / Columnists

The Phil Giordano Jazz Orchestra will perform at Fort Tilden on Sunday, July 8 at 6 p.m.

The Phil Giordano Jazz Orchestra will perform at Fort Tilden on Sunday, July 8 at 6 p.m.

Notes From The High "C’s"

By Sharon Gabriel

The Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company which opened the RMAC Sunset Picnic Concert Series two weeks ago were fantastic! While you might think of modern dance as something "way out", the Paul Taylor 2 Company opened the show with a salute to World War II and The Andrew Sisters and danced to everything from "Pennsylvania Polka" to "Rum and Coca-Cola". The second part of the show, entitled "Images", was danced to music by Debussy and the third section was entitled "Esplanade" and danced to music by Johann Sebastian Bach. A truly fantastic event. The youngest dancer was only eighteen years old and already dancing in a major New York Company. Graceful and talented, they were a joy to watch.

Keeping with the "World War II" theme, this Sunday, July 8th, at 6p.m., our second concert will present Phil Giordano and his Jazz Orchestra, performing everything from Count Basie to Woody Herman and everything in-between.

Giordano formed his orchestra in 1974 and has been touring the country since. The group consists of 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, 5 saxophones, a pianist, bassist and Phil Giordano on drums.

The group has performed at many universities which have shown a growing interest in big band music in the last several years. They have also performed at Carnegie Hall here in New York and at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania. If you were on one of the RMAC Museum Trips, you might remember that we went to Longwood and the Wyeth Museum. Phil Giordano himself was selected as a member of the Philadelphia Legends of Jazz Orchestra and performed with Bill Cosby at Harrah’s Casino. The Giordano Orchestra has been called a "group that plays with almost flawless precision", by The Philadelphia Inquirer. Philadelphia Magazine says, "They’re loud, they’re exciting and they send goose bumps crawling across your skin".

Mr. Giordano has been playing drums almost all of his life. He attended the Philadelphia Musical Academy and has performed with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra and the Sammy Kay Orchestra among many others.

The Big Band era, though a little before my time (I was only a gleam in my parents eyes, or a small child in the 40’s), has always been my favorite style of music. My own collection includes the famous Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band album as well as music from the Eddie Duchin Orchestra. You can sing to it, dance to it and the words can be understood and have a warm wonderful feel to them.

So if you’re like me, come on down to Ft.Tilden at 6p.m. on Sunday and bring your tapping feet and maybe there will be some dancing allowed.

The next concert will be on Sunday, July 22nd, and will present Legends of Rock and Roll. This concert will be in memory of our dear friend, Leon Locke. This was always Leon’s favorite concert and it didn’t matter who was performing. Leon knew every last R&R group that ever played. So mark your calendar and keep the date open for a fun evening.

On Thursday evening, July 26th, the Writers Workshop of RMAC will have their second reading. It will be held at Ciro’s on Beach 129th Street. There will be more about this event in a separate article very soon. Keep the date open and watch for more details.

Hope you had a fun and safe 4th of July and we will see you at Ft. Tilden on Sunday.

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