We'd like to try and present more of them to Marco," Beverly Dahlstrom said in advance of what was to be a two-hour concert full of many jazz classics, performed by Stuart Shelton
(piano/bass), Rebecca Richardson (vocals) and Patricia Dean (drums).
...The bassist scheduled to perform that day didn't make it, so, premiere jazz pianist Stuart Shelton struck the first bass chords using his keyboard and his left hand, while his right hand improvised on piano.
and Blankman had worked together in a past Marco Players production â€" Flora Pasquale Strikes Back!
and Dean began with a jazz conversation between the two, full of unique, improvisational licks that brought about hearty applause from the audience.
then brought out vocalist, and Unity Church of Naples'
choir director, Rebecca Richardson.
The audience seemed prepared for those kinds of songs, as they swayed along to the music, and gave ever more applause during and after Richardson's strong lyrical performances and the handy work of Shelton
Throughout the concert Shelton
eyes transfixed on his
keyboard, letting his
facial gestures move with the music.He
would look up only after songs, with a nod and a smile to the audience's applause.
The audience seemed more than pleased, as they gave the trio hearty applause â€" after the back-and-forth improvisations from Dean and Shelton
and strong vocal segments from Richardson â€" and at the conclusion of the Saturday afternoon concert.
...To recapture some of the sounds of the afternoon, visit www.naplesjazz.com (for more from Rebecca Richardson), and www.sheltonstudios.com (for more about the performer and music producer Stuart Shelton).