aids Cohoes and Seton Health with concert
Mangione delights crowd at benefit concert in music hall
September 23, 1998] -- On Sunday, September 20, the Troy
Savings Band Music Hall heard some incredible music. Gap Mangione
and his big band put on a concert to benefit the Cohoes Community
Center and the Seton Health Foundation. No one who attended
concert began when Gap and his band came wordlessly ono the
stage and just started playing without any introduction. Applause
followed every magnificent solo in the piece. Many of the
soloists stood for their parts, and it created a comfortable
and fun atmosphere.
the band played Duke Ellington's classic, "The Mooch." No
one sang it like in the Blues Brothers, but that's not Gap
style. After that Gap played his version of "All Of Me."
how it was advertised on the CD summary, I don't think baseball
fans will be dancing in the stands during his band's version
of "Take Me Out To The Ball Game." (At a jazz concert? I don't
really understand, but I guess it was fun.)
Gao and his 14-piece entourage really started to show their
stuff with "Rochester, My Sweet Home" and Gap's Latin version
of "Bernie's Tune." It was really amazing as some of the instrumentalists
changed instruments mid-song. (One player went from alto sax
to clarinet to flute!!)
then brought out vocalist Cindy Miller for the next several
songs. The lyrics were not exactly to our taste (zam-bam alakazam!)
but she had an amazing voice.
the vocalist left the band went into a blues medley of "Jeep's
Blues" and "I Got News For You." Then the band played "Calypso
For Janet," a song dedicated to Gap's wife.
followed and we wandered about the stately music hall. Finding
the balcony empty, we took our leave of absence from the first
floor and established ourselves abovethe music hall. Laughing
like crazed Muppets, we waited for the band to make just one
mistake so we could heckle and throw things.
were disappointed. The rest of the show was a spotless performance
of pure musical talent. "My Favorite Dream" brought the crowd
to its feet. One woman in the audience swayed her child to
and fro to the rhythm.
there was a great variety for everyone from jazz to big band
to, believe it or not, even country. We had a good time and
give it two thumbs up.