Such was the case on Friday, March 24 when Gordon performed at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in Fort Myers as part of its Jazzy Nights concert series. He was backed by four Southwest Florida jazz all-stars: tenor saxophonist Lew Del Gatto, pianist Joe Delaney, bassist Don Mopsick and drummer Tony Vigilante.
|DelGatto, Gordon, Delaney|
Gordon, 49, is a Georgia native best known for his work with trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and the Marsalis-led Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra since 1989. The multi-instrumentalist has also carved out his own solo career as a bandleader, composer and educator.
More than half of the evening focused on music from the repertoire of trumpeter Louis Armstrong, with Gordon shifting with ease between trombone, trumpet and slide trumpet, and adding his own vocals.
The Armstrong-related material included Fats Waller's "(What Did I Do To Be So) Black and Blue," "Hello Dolly," "Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?" and "Just a Closer Walk With Thee."
Then came a rousing New Orleans medley. Gordon had the crowd clapping along to "When The Saints Go Marching In," then weaving in a frisky vocal take on "(I'll Be Glad When You're Dead) You Rascal You." The night wound down with an encore: Armstrong's late-career pop hit "What a Wonderful World."
|Delaney, DelGatto, Mopsick, Gordon, Vigilante|