This latest event, held at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Venice, featured Allen with his New York-based band (pianist Bill Cunliffe, bassist Joel Forbes and drummer Kevin Kanner), plus singer Rebecca Kilgore as special guest. It was the final night of a five-concert Florida tour that included stops in Avon Park, Vero Beach, St. Petersburg and Port Charlotte.
The intimate 200-seat church enabled the band to play "unplugged" without any amplification other than Kilgore's vocal microphone. That added a rich warmth, particularly to the bass and Allen's tenor.
|Kanner, Cunliffe, Forbes
This is a superb band. Unlike some touring groups, Allen's show did not repeat any tunes from the prior night's Charlotte County Jazz Society concert in nearby Port Charlotte. Amen to that.
|Harry Allen, Kevin Kanner, Joel Forbes, Bill Cunliffe