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Page 8 POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 15, 2011 A Night to Remember (Continued from Page 1) cal Italian associations and clubs joined the effort to ensure the evening's success. The evening was the result of Italian and Italian American entities work- ing together for the same cause and speaking with the same voice. The combined effort resulted in one of the world's top venues for classical mu- sic being filled almost to capacity for an event which featured the absolute best - both in terms of art and of people - that the country of Italy has been capable of producing and exporting around the world. It was indeed a night to remember, and, I dare add, the most appropriate birthday present possible. Notte TriColore attendees mingle at the pre-reception. From left to right, President of Sicilian Association of Greater Boston, Gaetano Guccione and his wife, Mrs. Bonomo and husband Giovanni Bonomo, President of Federazione Siciliana of Massachusetts. From left to right: Master of Ceremonies Ron Della Chiesa, Co-Event Chairman Lino Rullo, with Conductor/Composer Renato Serio and his wife Nely Costalli. Master of Ceremonies, Ron Della Chiesa (left) intro- duces Alessandro Golkar, Co-Event Chairman, and Consul General of Italy, Boston Giuseppe Pastorelli. L to R: Stephen Jones, Giuseppe Giangregorio, Boston City Councilor Sal LaMattina, Speaker of the House of Massachusetts Representatives Robert DeLeo, Consul General of Italy, Boston, Giuseppe Pastorelli and Co-Event Chairman Lino Rullo cut the ceremo- nial 150 th Anniversary of Italy cake. (Photos by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) Jazz Week AL VEGA AND HIS JAZZ ENSEMBLE Sponsored by Tony's Realty Thursday, April 28, 8:30pro We are honored to kick off Jazz Week with the incompa- rable Al Vega. The history of the New England jazz scene is neatly summarized in Al Vega who will celebrate his 90 th birthday in June! Al has been performing professionally for over 70 years. He's worked op- posite virtually every name in American jazz -- including: Dizzy Gillespie, Betty Carter, Lester Young, Stan Getz and Billy Holi- day! A1 will kick off Jazz Week - East Boston with a singer Steve Marvin and host of other jazz greats. Hope you will join us for this incredible night[ For further information on Al Vega: w ww. alvegatrio, com/ MARLENE JAZZ ENSEMBLE'S JAZZ for JAPAN A benefit concert for tsunami victims Friday, April 29 th, 8:30pro Vocalist, pianist, instructor and composer, Marlene del Rosario is a regular in the New England jazz circuit. Opening for world-renowned Cuban pianist, Omar Sosa at the 2008 Philippine Interna- tional Jazz Festival. She has also performed for Princess Chulabhorn of Thailand as well as Filipino Presidents, Fidel Ramos and Cory Aquino, and Massachusetts governor, Deval Patrick. Tonight, the Marlene Jazz Ensemble will perform a lively repertoire combining jazzy ver- sions of Marlne's favorite pop tunes with stan- dard, Latin and original jazz tunes. All proceeds will benefit victims of the recent tsunami in Ja- pan. For more info: www.marlenemusic.net/ index, html. Ms. del Rosario draws you in with an uncanny - 00ast 00oston grasp of the jazz, blues and soul idioms ... Like Bill Evans and Miles Davis, the silences between the notes are always as emotionally telling as the words themselves." --UK jazz critic, John Stevens (E-Jazz news) A NIGHT OF MODERN JAZZ FEATURING BRAD BARRETT AND LAURA GRILL DUO, AND BEN PAULDING & KELLY SCIANDRA GROUP Saturday, April 30 th, Spin Opening the night, the Brad Barrett and Laura Grill Duo features original music and cover tunes creatively ar- ranged for the unique instru- mentation of acoustic bass and voice. Graduates of New England Conservatory, Brad Barrett and Laura Grill display outstanding musicianship in their creative im- provisation- and composition skills. The second group features Kelly Sciandra (Reign of Kindo) and ZUMIX percussion instructor Ben Paulding. Play- ing all original music, the group plays contempo- rary jazz inspired by Vijay lyer, Brad Mehldau, and the Bad Plus. NICK GRONDIN GROUP & THE ZUMIX JAZZ ALLSTARS Thursday, May 5 th (Cinco de Mayo), 8:30pm Veteran guitarist and award-winning composer Nick Grondin brings The Nick Grondin Group for a night of music as modern instrumen- tal story-telling -- inspired equally by rock, folk and con- temporary jazz styles. Using a broad palette of sounds -- gui- tar, piano, bass, drums, saxo- phone and voice -- they aspire to connect listeners and performers through sharing a music that is rich on many levels, intellectual, visceral and emotional. For more information, visit www.NickGrondin.com. - 2011 THE ZUMIX JAZZ ALLSTARS will open the night with some swinging classic jazz hits. LEO COLON TRIO Friday, May 6 th, 8:30pro Born in the Dominican Republic, Leo Colon attended the Conservatorio Nacional de Santo Domingo and moved to Boston in 1995 where he stud- ied jazz improvisation with Charlie Banacos, Jay Weik and Steve Neil. His award win- ning Latin Jazz music is both soothing and inspiring. Leo Colon started play- ing in 1985 and has blossomed into an incred- ible musician. In 1991 he became the bass/gui- tar player for CODETEL. Colon has been teach- ing bass and guitar at ZUMIX since 1998. To learn more about Leo Colon you can go to his website, www.leocolonmusic.com/ live / Maverick Swing Presents BRIA SKONBERG Saturday May 7 th, 8pro Closing out Jazz Week - East Boston, Maverick Swing is proud to present, all the way from New York City, Bria Skonberg, a jazz trumpet vir- tuoso and a fantastic singer to boot! She'll be joined by local favorites Michael Valdez on keys and Brian and Eric Heveron-Smith on percussion and bass. The evening will kick off with swing lessons at 8pm followed by live music and dancing from 9pm-midnight. Bria has played at numerous dance events including Emerald City Blues, but this is her First time play- ing for dancers in Boston. Come on down and dance the night away! Maverick Swing is a monthly swing dance held on the first Saturday of each month at ZUMIX Firehouse. For further information, please visit w ww.f ace book. corn mavericks wingdance