One of the afternoon's finest moments was Garber's poignant take on "And When October Goes," which Barry Manilow crafted into a song from a Johnny Mercer poem. Saluting two of his early jazz influences, Rochester NY native Ellison performed trumpeter Chuck Mangione's "Land of Make Believe" and longtime Mangione saxophonist Gerry Niewood's "Joy."
Ellison has assembled a fine band in Hip Pocket, which includes pianist Matt Bokulic, bassist Don Mopsick and drummer Chuck Parr. Garber is a frequent guest and works extremely well with this group.
The performance concluded the South County Jazz Club's extensive 2012-13 concert offerings. The series included 25 events in Englewood, Sarasota and Venice between late September and late April. Hat's off to club president Morrie Trumble for his tireless work putting it all together.