|"Sir John" Jeffrey|
Vibes player "Sir John" Jeffrey's Sir John Trio provided its brand of chamber jazz, with a sound comparing favorably to the late Red Norvo's groups. Chicago native Jeffrey, who has called Florida home for more than 40 years, went a bit more uptempo on the rousing closer, "Cherokee." Bassist Dan Heck and singer-guitarist Rick Howard provided empathetic support throughout the set.
Zottola, an ex-New Yorker who spent 19 years in the Les Miserables pit band on Broadway, is an excellent hornman and an enjoyable singer. The evening's finest treat was the band's take on Sidney Bechet's 1950s ballad, "Si Tu Vois Ma Mère," which was featured prominently in Woody Allen's 2011 film Midnight in Paris.
|Sir John Trio|
|Bob Zottola Quartet|