Hearsay: Wednesday, July 2, 2003
A D V E R T I S E M E N T
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Sitters-In Extraordinaire

Even though he’s never played inside Bass Performance Hall, local jazzmaster and Sunday-night Black Dog jazz-jam impresario Michael Pellecchia just wants to say thanks to the Bass for “being there.” His non-jam-session weekend gig at Angeluna, across the street from the hall, has been attracting instrument-toting virtuosi just passin’ through, since the gig started a few months ago. After a Bass Hall performance one evening not too long ago, Travis Tritt’s fiddle player sat in for a few tunes; afterward, he told Pellecchia, “we don’t run into scenes like this in most of the towns we go to.”

Several members of the FWSO’s string section have also stopped in to play out their professional frustrations on a few jazz numbers, and, two Saturdays ago, Pellecchia’s group got a visit from a member of Harry Connick Jr.’s band, which had been flown in from New York especially for the Bass Hall gig. Also, a cat with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra dropped in once. His comment, according to Pellecchia, after trading fours with the Angeluna quintet: “What do you guys do ... for a living?” (He also said he dug Bass Hall and thought it was every bit as good as that other “hall” up in New York. Carnegie ... something or other.)

With a well-manicured golden fist, Pellecchia helped institute Angeluna’s weekend jazz policy, and he says that he and his cohorts love playing there. “The management is great,” he says. “We will play there any chance we get.” Because, of course, a jazzer’s got to gig, gig, gig to get to ... ah, you know the rest.

Pellecchia and his jazzbos play in July on the 5th and 12th (Saturdays) and the 25th, a Friday. Catch the band while you can; their gig will run only up until the end of August.

Local Round-Up

Big shout out to everybody’s main man Billy Walters, Collin Herring’s former drummer, who was back in town last week, playing with the Stephen Clarke band, whom Walters ventured out to L.A. eight months ago to join. The music scene here still misses his good cheer and professional musicianship. ... Tad Gaither of the aforementioned Black Dog Tavern is being his ol’ pessimistic but lovable self, worrying that the eventual transformation of the parking lot next door into a park will reduce the amount of patron parking to the point at which no one will want to go to his bar. Knowing Gaither, HearSay bets he won’t go down without a fight — if, indeed, going down is where he’s headed (we highly doubt it, but!) ... And Jed Peters, the manager-dude HearSay told you about last week, isn’t, in fact, moving to San Francisco. Plans have changed; he’s moving to Nasvhille. We’ll still miss him, anyway.

Contact HearSay at hearsay@fwweekly.com.

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