[JPL] Roseanna Vitro/JoAnne Brackeen= double delight

Jim Wilke jwilke123 at comcast.net
Thu Jul 22 15:00:09 EDT 2004

Thanks for the review, Arturo.  I've been enjoying her latest CD and am 
looking forward to seeing Roseanna in Seattle with her band at The 
Triple Door August 3 ... if I'm not jazzed out by then...  I'm 
recording six or more groups at Jazz Port Townsend  < www.centrum.org > 
  July 29-31 for KPLU broadcast.  Buster Williams, Luciana Souza, Bud 
Shank/ Phil Woods, Bob Florence, Ernestine Anderson w.Bill Ramsay Big 
Band, Ian McDougall Septet on the mainstage, plus more jazz in ten 
clubs ...   whew!   As usual, the concerts will air on Jazz Northwest 
kplu.org Saturday afternoons at 4 PDT beginning Aug 7.  There's also a 
memorial jam for bass player /humorist Red Kelly on Aug 1 in Tacoma, 
and Phil Kelly's Big Band ("Convergence Zone" CD on Origin) on Aug 2nd 
at The Triple Door, the night before Roseanna's here.

Jim Wilke
Jazz After Hours, PRI

On Thursday, July 22, 2004, at 08:04  AM, Arturo Gomez wrote:

> Wednesday afternoon on my weekday noon-hour shift,  Lunchtime At The 
> Oasis,
> I had the pleasure of having both Roseanne Vitro and JoAnne Brackeen 
> as my
> in-studio guests. They performed later that evening at Mt. Vernon 
> Country
> Club, one of the best rooms to experience jaz z in the nation. Mt 
> Vernon is
> an "old-fashioned" jazz supper club with fine acoustics and a fabulous 
> view
> of Denver from its location high above the Mile High City.
> JoAnne is a gifted pianist who opened the set with a few songs with 
> the band
> and in the middle of the set, Roseanna laid out for a few more numbers 
> led
> by JoAnne, the first and only female to be a member of Art Blakey's 
> Jazz
> Messengers.  My most surprising moments by JoAnne were her comping and
> accompaniment in general of the other soloists and Roseanne's vocal
> stylings. Not just the same old tried and true vamps, JoAnne was 
> extremely
> imaginative and her solos brought the packed house down!
> Roseanna did it all, she mostly sang from her latest tropical 
> Postcards CD
> songlist as well as selected tracks from her others albums in addition 
> to
> improvised tunes to let the band, made up of locals, stretch out. One 
> of the
> highlights was Roseanna and bassist Kenny Walker, the Front Range's 
> finest
> bass man, trading fours in an improvised romp that had both matching 
> the
> increasing intensity of their solos. Quite tasty!
> Roseanna play Yoshi's this weekend and will visit our coleague, Chuy 
> Varela
> at KCSM on Sunday afternoon during Jesse's Latin Jazz shift. JoAnne 
> returns
> to New York.
> Arturo Gómez
> Jazz 89, KUVO

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