You can hear it in the music, and you can see it in the faces.
Jazz at its best touches the audience, and is celebrated deeply in the musical communion among its makers. No matter the age gap, or the almost immeasurable decades of experience by most participants.
They included trumpeter Miller, a veteran of the Harry Connick Jr. and Maynard Ferguson bands, and Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra; 30-year NBC Saturday Night Live Band alumnus Del Gatto; first-call Miami bassist Chuck Bergeron; and Philadelphia drummer Tony Vigilante, who spent 20 years touring with Ben Vereen.
Whenever Goldberg soloed, it was fascinating to watch the faces of his on-stage jazz elders. Smiles of appreciation and rapt attention abounded. Like the audience, they too were digging the continued progress he has made as a young musician since they'd last worked with him a couple of years ago. He now has two four-stars recordings to his name, Let's Play! and In Good Time. The latter session, released last September, featured drumming great Ralph Peterson Jr., who died of cancer in March 2021, just four months after it was recorded.
Miller first heard Goldberg in Miami five years ago when he was guest director for the Miami-Dade All-County Honors High School Jazz Band. Brandon was the piano player for the group, even though he was a 10-year-old middle school student.
|Lew Del Gatto
"Topsy," a swinger first recorded by Count Basie in 1937, showcased Bergeron's rich and inventive bass soloing.
The way the band swung through these extended eight tunes, the music flew by. It was so riveting, it didn't feel like we'd been listening for 90 minutes.
|Goldberg, Bergeron, Del Gatto, Vigilante, Miller