Spectrum, Saturday 30
Big Band played to a full house at their
annual concert at the elegant Jubilee Hall,
delivered big band arrangements of funk,
gospel, latin, rock as well as mainstream
jazz tunes with an exciting sense of freshness.
There were beautifully crafted solos from all the
sections. Mario Serio, true to form,
thrilled the audience with his playing
particularly with the Chick Corea composition "Got
A Match". Resident singer Bill Ladick's rendition of
the Brian Setzer hit "Hoodoo Voodoo Doll"
gave him the perfect opportunity to mingle
with the audience.
minute guest Musical Director Christy
Smith stepped onto the stage, it was
obvious that here was a man whose passion was performing.
His energy was so infectious that after the
last song which ended with all the
musicians doing a mambo in the aisles, the
entire audience jumped to their feet for a rousing standing
ovation. Thomson Big Band seems to have
turned a corner with this benchmark
performance and we look forward to what they
have to offer in the coming year.