The magnificent Alain Trudel quartet with Gene DiNovi, left, Trudel, centre forward, Neil Swainson & Ted Warren . . . in the Serenata 2014-2015 series opener at the LPL’s Wolf Performance Hall on Oct. 18, 2014. Taken w/ trusty BlackBerry
The #ldnont jazz concert of the year — unless Sonny Rollins drops by with Santa Claus — was at the Wolf Performance Hall on Saturday night … the most-often classical Serenata series, helmed by Renee Silberman, invited Alain Trudel to bring his trombone & jazz friends to the Wolf . It was terrific. Any time Alain Trudel plays trombone is an occasion — even by his world-class standards, this was splendid.
Trudel and pianist Gene DiNovi are good friends & the setlist choices had such DiNovi gems as Have A Heart and I Can Hear The Music . . they signed off after standing ovations with Goodbye by Gordon Jenkins.
Bassist Neil Swainson had ace solos & drummer Ted Warren was deft on the ballads and drove the faster tunes … what a band … probably the only time you’ll hear a quartet with someone who worked with Artie Shaw (DiNovi) & Woody Shaw (Swainson).
As for Artie Shaw, one of their showstoppers was a tribute to the Shaw version of Stardust (or Star Dust as it was back in the 1940s) with Trudel playing Artie Shaw’s clarinet solo on the trombone (!) & visiting the famous trombone solo . . . DiNovi & Trudel had done this with Orchestra London when Trudel was music director … in my LFP advance for the Serenata show, their Shaw hit then & now was (mis)identified as Begin The Beguine. Which it wasn’t (though that would be fine indeed) . . . it was Stardust all along.