|Ronnie Rose and the John Allmark Jazz Orchestra|
As a special guest for the night, on Monday, August 5, Rose performed a half-dozen tunes. They included Allmark's arrangement of “The Shadow of Your Smile” (a crowd-pleaser often performed by orchestra’s longtime vocalist, the late Clay Osborne), “Stormy Monday,” Ray Charles’ “Mary Ann” (first recorded in 1957 and then recorded with conguero Pancho Sanchez in 2003), and Big Joe Turner’s “Switchin’ in the Kitchen,” which Turner re-recorded with Rhode Island’s Roomful of Blues.
|John Allmark, Ronnie Rose, Bob Bowlby|
Rose, a fine singer who also pulls out his harmonica on the bluesiest material, hadn’t sat in with this robust big band for six or seven years but relished the opportunity. “It was so great,” he said. “It was like putting on an old pair of shoes.
This longtime fixture on the Rhode Island jazz and popular music scene, moved to Las Vegas in 2004, where he appeared at a variety of venues over the years.
He liked Vegas and Vegas clearly liked him – as he was named Entertainer of the Year in 2011, inducted into the Las Vegas Entertainers Hall of Fame in 2012, and was a multi-year winner of “Best Jazz Male Vocalist” and “Best Blues Male Vocalist" at the Las Vegas Black Music Awards.
He is semi-retired but still performs a few gigs a month either in Vegas or on the road. He’ll be at Arizona’s Prescott Jazz Summit on August 24 and 25, performing with the festival‘s big band, and at a jam session to follow.
If you’re in Vegas or plan to visit, check the schedules for The Dispensary Lounge, and the Piazza Lounge at Tuscany Suites and Casino to see if he’s on the bill. Better yet. Check his calendar at his website.