The South County Jazz Club's extensive 2013-14 series of afternoon concerts opened today at the Venice Art Center with the Bruce Wallace Trio featuring pianist Kenny Drew Jr. In addition to Drew and bassist Wallace, the band included drummer Tom Carabasi.
Drew was in fine form (when isn't he?) and western Florida is fortunate to have him call the area home. Nothing in his wide range of material was more poignant than his take on "Dedication" from his 1998 album, Passionata. He wrote the song in tribute to his late father, a bebop pianist who took his career to Europe in 1961 and died there in 1993.
Drew will be back October 14 for a trio appearance at the Charlotte Cultural Center in Port Charlotte that opens the Charlotte County Jazz Society's seven-month Artists Series.
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