|Rodney Rojas and Billy Marcus
The 60 or so concert goers expected to hear pianist Billy Marcus's trio with bassist Mark Neuenschwander and Steve Bucholtz. Because one key out of 88 on his electric keyboard was down for the count, without time to get it repaired, Marcus called saxophonist Rodney Rojas to supplement the solid lineup.
It was a wise decision, as the energy and spirit of the music grew exponentially. Highlights: Marcus's spirited romp through "St. Louis Blues," Rojas's artful sense of dynamics and passionate solos all afternoon particularly on "Stardust" and the band's rousing closer, Horace Silver's "Sister Sadie."