June 11 Jazz Matinee: The Robin-Vacca Brothers with special guest Delphine Cortez

3:00 – 5:00 PM

Admission: $15 General, $12 Seniors (60+), $5 Students w/ ID, JiA Lifetime members & youth under age 12 admitted FREE

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Tony Vacca-sax/flute. Joel Robin Goldenthal-piano, with Adrian Goldenthal-bass, Julian Goldenthal-drums and special guest Delphine Cortez-vocals

Tony Vacca and Joel Robin first started playing together back in the early 80s, before Tony left town for a 17-year run in Chicago. Frequently confused for one another off-stage (especially when it’s dark and there is alcohol involved), Tony and Joel often refer to themselves as “brothers from another mother.” Regardless of any strained resemblance, Tony and Joel have always played well together with a particular chemistry. Joel enjoys playing many of Tony’s originals, and when they play together, the jazz-funk-ballad written by Mike Mannieri called “I’m Sorry” is a must.

Speaking of chemistry,..what were the odds that a piano player would be blessed with 2 sons who play bass and drums? That is the case for pianist Joel Robin (Goldenthal) and his sons – bassist Adrian and drummer Julian.  Both sons grew up exposed to dad’s rehearsals with the likes of Francine Reed and gravitated toward the music. At the age of 9, Julian subbed on an afternoon concert gig with Francine’s band because the group’s regular drummer was unavailable. Francine said, “Let’s get Julian; he knows all of our tunes!” Adrian announced his interest in playing the bass in his early teens and the family trio was born.

Joining the band for several songs is Valley-icon vocalist Delphine Cortez. Delphine sang in top jazz clubs on Rush Street in Chicago, and has been one of the most in-demand vocalists in the Valley since her arrival in the mid-80’s. While clearly having her own style, Delphine carries on the tradition of the great ladies of jazz, such as Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, and her musical idol, Nancy Wilson. She performs with unique style and grace. International jazz journalist Patricia Myers said of Delphine:

“Delphine Cortez literally takes possession of each song so firmly that one does not think of comparing Delphine’s style to anyone else’s – Delphine sings as only Delphine can. Her voice evokes warmth and passion with remarkable depth and range.”

For those of you who may not be familiar with all of this group’s members, Sunday’s party will be a refreshing musical experience. See you Sunday at The Nash.

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