The Summer Smiles
Music by Joe Negri
Lyrics by Lou Tracey
"Caravan" from my CD, "Uptown Elegance"
June is sure not " busting out all over". As a matter of fact it's been on the gloomy side thus far. Well like Mark Twain said: "You can talk all you want about the weather but you can't do a thing about it".
Well I supposed the really big news is we are going back to the Omni Wm. Penn. starting this Thursday June 25th. We will begin a new Dinner Music Series in the beautiful Terrace Room from 6:00 until 8:00 PM. The first one will be "Pittsburgh Sings, Pittsburgh Swings" and feature the music of Pittsburgh songwriters and composers. Needless to say we are looking forward to it and we hope you'll be joining us. See "Dates" for more details.
We were honored to be part of Henry and Elsie Hillmans 70th anniversary party at the Pgh. Golf Club in May. We wish them "all the best" and many more. I took the quartet (Max Leake, Tony DePaolis and Tom Wendt) down to Steubenville last week for a jazz concert at the famous Ft. Stueben Amphitheatre. Nice venue, great crowd and good time.
June is looking rather busy. On the 16th the Pittsburgh Jazz Legends will be honored at Heinz Hall. On the 18th we will get the results of the Celebration of Champions Awards. I was a nominee in the entertainment category. Stay tuned... I'll be a guest with Daniel May at the Fairmont Hotel on the 24th, followed by the Dinner Show at the Omni on the 25th. Saturday June 26th, I'll be guest soloist with the PSO at Heinz for a special Sensory Concert. Time is 2:30 PM.
July has a few things. I'm doing a solo show at Asbury Heights in Mt Lebanon and our 2nd Dinner Show at the Omni with is on the 23rd. In addition there will a Jazz Camp at Duquesne University the last week of July. I'll be guest soloist with Mike Tomaro and the Pgh Jazz Orch. on Sunday July 26th and a master class on Tuesday July 28th in the afternoon.
The 3rd and final Dinner Show at the Omni will be in August on the 27th. Classes at Pitt and Duquesne will be starting that week also. Wow!
Where did the summer go?
P.S.: don't forget to visit my e store and check out other highlights on the site. My thanks to Max Leake for his superb handling of the web site. What a Renaissance man.
There is a new guitar chart of "Here, There and Everywhere" celebrating the Beatles 50th on the "Tips" page.
Check out a couple of videos below of performances old and new!
Check out my updated Calender of Engagements.
Video from Post-Gazette Story on Joe
Video of Joe and Johnny Costa on the Ken Griffin Show (circa 1955)
Video of the Gershwin Medley with the Wheeling Symphony