On Saturday March 15th the music Series at The Gardens at El Paso featured Trumpet great, Steve Madaio and 3 wonderful musicians. The concert was a benefit for the California Visiting Nurse Association and was sponsored by Bruno Le May, D.M.D., Sullivans, Pacifica and Anderhout Whittaker. The setting was beautiful, the weather was perfect and Steve presented an evening of some of the best love songs ever written to everyone's delight in the standing room only audience. Steve Madaio is know to all music lovers here in the Valley and has played and toured with some of the greatest rock and roll bands in American history including Earth Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder and the Rolling Stones. But tonight the spotlight was not on rock and roll but rather on some of the most romantic ballads ever written. Steve is one of only a few musicians that can project the emotion of a song and its lyric using a Trumpet! Tonight the audience heard Steve at his very best, playing ballets like "Over the Rainbow" and "The Days of Wine and Roses" to name a few of the wonderful songs on the program.
Joining Steve tonight were 3 of my personal favorite musicians, Yarek Urant on Keyboard, Bill Saitta on Bass and Jay Lewis on Drums. Yarek Urant is always a treat to hear. He plays keyboard in a different style than any other piano player in the Valley. When he plays a ballad you can feel the emotion flowing out of his Keyboard. I think ballads are his sweet spot. Bill Saitta also well know to all music lovers in the Valley seems to reach new levels of mastery of the Bass every time he performs. Bill is not a casual musician. He is a musician that is totally committed to breaking new ground in his playing performance, and the results have made him a pleasure to hear. On Drums tonight was Jay Lewis one of the best drummers performing in the Desert. Jay plays with soft hands and provided the foundation for the group tonight that lifted the music to new heights!
The great Canadian Flute and Sax player, Tom Keenlyside was a very special guest tonight. Tom may be Canadian but he has been officially claimed by all the American Jazz lovers in the Desert. Tom and Steve are close friends and recently recorded a new CD, "Slices" that is experiencing tremendous success. All and all it was a great concert under the stars that provided great sounds and supported a very worthy cause!