The John Colianni Trio will perform at Congress Hall in Cape May, NJ on December 26th. Admission is $15 in advance (click here for tickets) and $20 at the door. This event is being presented by the South Jersey Jazz Society and Exit 0 Jazz Festival. Sets will be 6:30 to 7:30 and 8:00 to 9:00 p.m.
The trio will feature John Colianni on keyboards with Andy Lalasis on bass, and Vic Stevens on drums.
John Colianni was the pianist with the Les Paul Trio. Les added John to his group in 2003, on the recommendation of fellow guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli.
John is also currently a member of guitarist Larry Coryell’s trio, and is featured on Coryell’s latest cd release. John also performs with his own group, the John Colianni Quintet, in New York clubs, as well as on the road and overseas. John’s Trio was the house band on the MSNBC television program “After Hours with Dan Abrams”, for that show’s final season. (Colianni’s band was a special favorite of soon-to-be president Obama, who regularly watched the show’s coverage of the 2008 presidential race)
Other notable engagements include over four years as Mel Torme’s pianist, from 1991-1995, touring internationally. Colianni recorded six albums with Mel. Preceding the Torme gig was a stint in Lionel Hampton’s Orchestra, touring and recording for three years (1980s). And early on, shortly after signing with Concord Records, John was a cash-prizewinner in the First International Thelonius Monk Piano Competition. More recently, there have also been numerous gigs (including two concerts at NYC’s Metropolitan Museum Of Art).
For over 20 years, Andy Lalasis was the bassist who accompanied all the visiting headliners at the legendary Elaine’s, within Atlantic City’s fondly-remembered Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino. Those headliners include Ann Hampton Calloway, Keely Smith , Joanie Sommers, Billy Eckstine and Billy Daniels. Stars booked at Elaines often stayed in town another week just to record with Lalasis and the house trio (featuring drummer Paul Jost and a number of great pianists).
Vic Stevens has been a professional musician since the age of 16. Vic has performed live and/or on recordings with jazz guitar legend Pat Martino, Larry Carlton, Dave Fiuczynski, Allan Holdsworth, Andreas Oberg, Scott McGill, David Torn, Alex Domschot, Gongzilla, bass greats Marc Johnson, Percy Jones, Michael Manring, Dave Carpenter, pianists Otmaro Ruiz, Marian Petrescu, Jordan Rudess, Jim Ridl, Tamir Hendelman, Kuno Schmid, Nate Adderley Jr., percussion legends Louie Balzo, José Madera, singers Maria Muldur, Lorrie Morgan, David Clayton Thomas, Helen Reddy, Martha Reeves, Bobby Rydel, Miles Jaye, Tony Desare, The O’Jays, Sam Moore, Bobbi Eakes, and Grammy award winning producers Neil Kernon (Hall & Oats, Yes, Brand X) and Joe Donofrio (Pat Martino). In addition to extensive live performances, recording sessions, and 3 solo projects, Vic has engineered and produced countless projects at Giant Steps Recording, which he has owned since 1992.
This program is made possible in part through the New Jersey State Council of the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts through the Local Arts Grant administered by Atlantic County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs This program is made possible in part through the New Jersey State Council of the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts through the Local Arts Grant administered by Atlantic County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs
Additional funding is provided by Shore Medical Center
For more info go to www.southjerseyjazz.org or call 927-6677