at the Suncoast 3-2-03
by Don Brown Sr.
The Jazz Internet
Las Vegas Jazz n' Blues
Las Vegas Blues
At the age of 83 most folks are enjoying their retirement. Fortunately for us, legendary jazz pianist George Shearing isn't one of them. He's currently touring with bassist Neil Swainson and Canadien guitarist Reg Schwager. They made a brief stop at the Suncoast in Las Vegas for a two night stand.
"Joy Spring" by Clifford Brown opened up the night's festivites. Benny Golson's "I Remember Clifford", a song about the great trumpet player, was next. "Darn That Dream" featured Schwager and Swainson showing off their skills.
Shearing introduced the next song, "Conception," by saying it was the most immaculate song that he ever wrote, causing laughter throughout the crowd. George thrilled the crowd with his ability to tickle the ivories. The trio were all showcased with their own solos. Swainson's bass laid down a just the right beat. Schwager's guitar work was reminiscent of jazz great Pat Metheny, and Shearing showed again the talent of a true master.
"Misty" kept the crowd's excitement high. The trio ended the set with two of Shearing's own compositions, "Confirmation" and his most popular tune, "Lullaby Of Birdland," which brought the crowd to its feet. The band faked leaving, then did a two song encore. "Every Time We Say Goodbye featured Shearing singing a Tom Waits' style vocal. The audience was thrilled one last time by this true legend, before heading home happy.
We would like to thank Candi for all her help.
Photography by Don Brown Sr. copyright © 2003 Brown Ink
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