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A fine ambassador for the Great American Songbook - and more

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To many fans, Danny Sinoff is a crooner for the new millennium. But to savvy jazz listeners, his piano chops are just fascinating. Maybe more so. He underscored his talent on both fronts on Friday, December 21, in a matinee concert for the South County Jazz Club in Venice FL with his regular trio-mates, bassist Scott Smith and drummer Patrica Dean.

The program included a wide array of Broadway and movie soundtrack material. Five of the standards were written by Cole Porter, a reminder of how prolific he and many other Tin Pan Alley composers were through the years.

Instrumental treats included “(There is) No Greater Love,” “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “That’s All,” a bossa-nova version of Porter’s “I Concentrate on You” and a version of “You Don’t Know What Love Is” that hinted at or teased with the melody from start to finish.

While Sinoff is a fine ambassador for the Great American Songbook, he also knows how to dig deep into jazz standards. The second set included a romp through the John Lewis tune “D and E,” a 12-bar blues recorded by the Modern Jazz Quartet and intensified on pianist Oscar Peterson’s We Get Requests trio album. Sinoff & Co. turned it into a Peterson tribute.

Dean was featured on vocals on two tunes, “I Don’t Know Enough About You” and “Guess Who I Saw Today?,” the latter in memory of singer Nancy Wilson, who died earlier this month. Sinoff ended the program with a terrific piano-and-vocals up-tempo take on Porter’s “It’s Alright With Me.”

In the spirit of the season, the program also included Vince Guaraldi’s “Christmas Time is Here” and a vocal version of the classic “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” The concert was held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Venice.

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This story appears courtesy of Ken Franckling's Jazz Notes.
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