Report by Paula Antolini, July 5, 2019, 10:05AM EDT
Third Thursday LIVE Jazz Returns To Bethel CT every third Thursday of the month at LaZingara Restaurant. Seating 6:30pm, Showtime 7:00pm
WHAT: Third Thursday Jazz
WHERE: La Zingara, 8 P.T. Barnum Square, Bethel, CT
WHEN: Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 9 PM
John Fumasoli, trombonist, bandleader, and teacher has performed with such artists as; Gerry Mulligan, Tony Bennett, Cab Calloway, John Tropea, The Rippingtons, The Gil Evans Band, Diana Ross, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Johnny Mathis, Sammy Davis Jr., and many others.
In addition, Mr. Fumasoli has recorded with; The Average White Band, Bobby Baldwin, Robbie Dupree, Jeff Golub, Marion Meadows, Jose’ Feliciano, Shelby Lynn, Brian Torff’s New Duke, and as a leader with his own group, The Jones Factor. He has over 35 Karaoke albums for Pocket Records to his credit and has done T.V. and radio jingles including; Montel Williams, Westinghouse, Nabisco Air Thins, Comedy Night America, and Connecticut National Bank.
Mr. Fumasoli’s teaching experience includes over thirty years in The Fairfield Public Schools as a band director, and in addition he has been on the faculty of Fairfield University for the past twenty five years where he teaches jazz history.
Pianist: Rob Aries toured and recorded with artists such as guitarist John Scofield, the “world jazz” group Special EFX, R&B band Change, saxophonist Bill Evans, Brazilian pianist Eliane Elias, and singers Liza Minnelli, Melba Moore and Freddie Jackson. He also produced and co-wrote several songs on saxophonist Donald Harrison’s CTI release “The Power of Cool”, and played and composed for the late saxophonist Cornelius Bumpus’s CD “Known Fact” on Palmetto Records. Rob currently tours with the Average White Band.
Bassist: Mark Minkler has been on the New York music scene for nearly four decades. He has been a member of the Buddy Rich big band, the Widespread Jazz Orchestra, and the New York Pops Orchestra. Mark has accompanied many vocalists, including Blossom Dearie, Chris Connor, Margaret Whiting, Susannah McCorkle, Maureen McGovern, Ann Hampton Callaway, and Lesley Gore. Mark has performed with many jazz instrumentalists including Thad Jones, Mike LeDonne, Jim McNeely, Tim Armacost, and Lou “Blue Lou” Marini.