John Colianni Trio
Sandi Pointe Ballroom 1:30 – 3 PM
John Colianni – piano, Jay Leonhart – bass, Bernard Linnette – drums
John Colianni grew up in the Washington, D.C. metro and first heard Jazz on swing-era LP re-issues (Ellington, Goodman, Jimmie Lunceford, Count Basie, Armstron, etc.) At 19, John visited Lionel Hampton backstage at an Atlantic City casino. He landed a spot in Hampton’s orchestra and traveled and recorded for three years with Hampton. John worked for Mel Tormé from early 1991 to mid 1995, touring and recording six albums. In 2006, looking for an outlet for his high velocity piano improvisations, John formed the John Colianni Quintet. In July 2007, the group recorded its first CD, “ Johnny Chops” (Patuxent Records), which was released this year.