|Eddie Metz Jr.|
"We're glad your here rather than at home cheering or yelling at the TV," Metz said at the outset. "We don't care what side you're on -- because this is the universal language of music."
It was a night that stretched back and forth from delicate ballads to hard-driving blues, and Parrott contributing vocals on five tunes, two of them from unexpected sources for a jazz gig. They were "There's a Kind of Hush (All Over the World)", a 1967 hit for Herman's Hermits and a 1976 remake hit for The Carpenters, plus "The Rainbow Connection" from 1979's The Muppets Movie.
Sportiello also shared some of his formidable stride piano technique on several tunes.
The Metz-Parrott-Sportiello trio has been touring regularly for more than a decade. They bring something fresh to every visit, combining all-star-level chops and personalities that mesh with each other - and their audiences. Once again, well done.
|Rossano Sportiello, Harry Allen, Nikki Parrott, Eddie Metz Jr.|