• NIU Jazz Ensemble Rialto Concert
This concert was blessed with very good timing since it featured a top-drawer NIU ensemble and three renowned, agile, veteran guest soloists. Ron Modell's humor and artist/tune introductions left the audience relaxed and well informed. And his unexpected last-track vocal expressions came as a complete surprise to the receptive Rialto attendees.The Alan Hood-Conte Candoli battle on "A Night In Tunsia" is tumult supreme and likely the evening's highlight for most. Eleven different writers should provide enough color and tempo variations to satisfy the most demanding fans.






February 10, 1990 – The Rialto Square Theatre, Joliet, Illinois

Director & Emcee – Ron Modell

Trumpets – Al Hood*, Ed Sloka*, Scott Hall, Anthony Wiggins, Mark Hoffman.  Trombones – Tom MacTaggart*, Ryan Miller, Eric Caliendo, Ed Partyka (b-tb).   Reeds – Matt James*, Ian Nevins  (as), Ken Partyka*, Bill Kotrba (ts), Brian Budzik (bs).   Rhythm – John Blasucci (p), Larry Kohut (b), Eric Montzka (d), Mark Banach(g),
Bill Elliott (perc). 

* Lead 

 1. Carl Fontana intro.

 2. I’ve Got A Right To Sing The Blues

c: Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler / a: Sammy Nestico / Carl Fontana(tb)

 3. Emily

c: Johnny Mandel, Johnny Mercer / a: Bill Rogers / Carl Fontana(tb)

 4.  Conte Candoli intro

 5. Hip Shakin’

c: Frank Foster / a: Walt Levinsky or Dick Lieb (?) / Conte Candoli)tp)

 6. It Might As Well Be Spring

c: Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II / a: Bob Ojeda /
Conte Candoli(tp)

 7. A Night In Tunisia

c: Dizzy Gillespie / a: Med Flory for Super Sax / Conte Candoli(tp), 

Al Hood(tp), Sax Section

8. Louie Bellson intro.

9. Ya Gotta Try

c & a: Sammy Nestico / John Blasucci(p), Louie Bellson(d), 

Ken Partyka(ts), Bill Kotrba(ts)

10. Cinderella’s Waltz

c & a: Don Menza / Mark Hoffman(tp), Louie Bellson(d)                        

11. If I Were A Bellson

c/a: Frank Mantooth / Louie Bellson (d), Brian Budzik (bs)

12. Tune intro

13. Three Ton Blues

c & a: Pete Christlieb / Ken Partyka(ts), Conte Candoli(tp), 

Carl Fontana(tb) ), Louie Bellson(d),

14. Tune Intro

15. Sing, Sing, Sing

c: Louis Prima / Conte Candoli(tp), Carl Fontana(tb), 

Louie Bellson(d)

16. We Love Being Here With You

c:  Peggy Lee and Bill Schluger  a: Phil Kelly / Ron Modell vocal

MASTERING ENGINEER: Ken Sluiter — website: www.kensluiter.com

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NIU Jazz Ensemble Rialto Concert

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