Ron Aprea has put together one of the best bands I have experienced and playing Basie with some of the original charts is too good to describe. You have to heard it to believe it. And if all this great Basie Jazz sound is not enough for you, Ron has added one of the best band singers I have heard in many a year, Angela DeNiro. Angela has a pure strong voice and Ron put together some outstanding arrangements for some classic tunes for her. She did a terrific job singing "I'm Old Fashioned"and Ron's arrangement had the tempo moving up and down and all around. Angela also sang Frank Foster's arrangement of "Young and Foolish" which would have made Frank proud!
Trumpets is an excellent Jazz Club that is owned by Enrico Granafel who is one of the best Jazz Harp players in the country. He joined the band to play Ron Aprea's arrangement of "Lover Man" that was just about perfect.
I have just heard Ron Aprea's new CD, "Ron Aprea Pays Tribute To John Lennon and the Beatles" and it's outstanding. I intend to publish a review shortly.
Sadly, great big-bands that play live gigs are really hard to find today. If you love the Basie
songbook, and who doesn't, and you want to hear it played just like the Count played it you must mark your calendar to be at Trumpets on Sunday June 28th to hear Ron Aprea's Big-Band.
Ron Aprea-Alto Sax and Flute Trumpets: Dave Rogers, Shawn Edmonds, Justin Hernandez
Angela DeNiro-Vocals Don Pfleger
Jim Young-Drums Bones: Matt Haviland, Rick Faulkner, Ben Williams, Joe
Tim Givens-Bass Randazzo
Cecilia Coleman-Piano Saxes: Ron Aprea, Jeff Zelnick, Joe Stelutti, Marty Fogel,
In case you have any doubts as to how good this band is, listen to the "YouTube" I have attached of the Ron Aprea Band playing at Trumpets in Montclair, NJ!