Wednesday, November 4, brought the first live jazz concert that I’ve been able to hear in person in nearly eight months. The last was in early March.
This road trip was to Artis Naples, where the Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra resumed its concert series last month – with careful attention to pandemic protocols.
The resident sextet’s concerts usually feature a special guest soloist. West Coast singer Kenny Washington was due to make his third appearance in the series, which is now in its 11th season. But the audience found out at the start of last night’s show that he was not there.
|Lew Del Gatto|
For various reasons, perhaps including hesitance to travel during the COVID-19 situation, has impacted the sextet’s 2020-21 series. The first three scheduled special guests cancelled. Artistic director Del Gatto has been able to replace one of them. But we'll see what happens as the season progresses.
Trumpeter Randy Sandke, who relocated a couple of years ago from New York City to nearby Venice, will be the sextet’s special guest on December 16.
“Hopefully the rest of our guests will show up,” Del Gatto told me today, “but who knows?”
|Stawski, Mauldin, Del Gatto, Harvey, Miller, Basham|