|Lew Gluckin and Len Murphy |
Robbie Rose (piano), Dominic Mancini (bass)
Two alumni of the Les Elgart Orchestra were on hand. Saxophonist Len Murphy and trumpeter Lew Gluckin (on flugelhorn this evening) took separate solo moments with the rhythm section during the opening set. They joined forces to open the second set, mixing it up very nicely on "Blue Monk."
Murphy spent the summer of 1959 with the Elgart Orchestra while he was in college in California. When he realized work as a touring musician would never support his family, he went back to school and then became a full-time music educator, principally in his native Pennsylvania. Gluckin was in the Elgart band in 1961. He later played in a variety of New York-based mainstream jazz bands. Now both men call Southwest Florida home.
Pianist Tommy Goodman provided the evening's unintended George Shearing moment. His solo and comping on "Green Dolphin Street" had the same sort of nimble joy and enthusiasm that were trademarks of the late British pianist. It was a vivid reminder of the Shearing touch.