Tuesday night is Jazz night at the Backstreet Bistro in Palm Desert. And tonight we had the pleasure of seeing my good friend Steve Madaio perform his magic on the trumpet. Steve has to be the most understated musician in the desert. Not many people are aware of Steve's impressive musical resume' that few musicians anywhere could come close to. Steve has played with the "Best of the Best" and has recorded way over 100 CD's that have become million sellers! Hearing the way Steve plays love songs from the "Great American Songbook" with soft and emotional tones that few musicians can get out of a trumpet, it is hard to believe that he has recorded with Earth, Wind and Fire and toured for two years with the Stones in Europe. Steve's skills put him in the same class as giants like Miles Davis and Chet Baker when it comes to projecting the emotion of a lyric without anyone singing the lyric. Tonight he gave us more proof of his ability and began his first set, with "What's New" moved on to "My Funny Valentine" combined with "There Will Never Be Another You". Three of the best American love songs ever written. Few musicians have the ability that Steve does to approach these ballad gems with a soft touch and the romantic emotion that Steve's sound projects. You will have another chance to hear Steve again at Backstreet on Tuesday, February 7. Steve also plays under the stars at the Bluember in Rancho Mirage on Sundays at 6:00PM.
Joining Steve tonight was an outstanding group of musicians with Leo Vigil on drums, Jimmie Dykes on Keyboard and our friend Bill Saitta playing the upright bass. Tonight was the first time that I got a chance to hear Leo and Jimmie and they did not disappoint. Leo provided a solid foundation for the group on all the songs and Jimmie played some fine solos including a very special one on the great classic "Body and Soul". I also thought Bill Saitta played his solos especially sharp tonight and his solid bass provided a wonderful bottom range to support the group throughout the performance. A wonderful evening of music and great food at the Tuesday night place for Jazz, Backstreet Bistro.