Don't Stop the Music: Todne and the Hi Tex

Thursday, April 30, 2015

6:30 PM-8:15 PM

Cost: Free and Open to all

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

Grand Hall (1st Floor)

Thu, 2015-04-30 18:30 - 20:15

Todne and her band play the American Songbook, in the manner of the great Jazz Divas of the 20th century. Two guitars and a bass complete the conversation.

Featuring saxophonist, Rich Lataille of Roomful of Blues fame.

Todne Texeira, Vocalist Jazz

Todne frequently graces the small stages of Boston, Rhode Island, and New York. And yes, that is her motorcycle parked outside! With a passion for singing, Todne's repertoire is a blend of classic jazz standards and contemporary favorites. In one night, listeners are treated to songs made famous by artists as diverse as Billie Holiday and India.Arie. No matter what is on the evening's set list, however, her smooth-as-caramel voice soothes and enlivens.

Rich Lataille, Alto and Tenor Sax

Rich Lataille joined Roomful of Blues in 1970 and was there at the beginning of what has become the most legendary horn section in contemporary blues.  A man who can play both sides of the fence, lyrically tender or blisteringly hot, Rich has a big, warm tone that is always jam-packed with feeling.  His melodic inventiveness reflects the depth and breadth of his wide-ranging influences. 

Bob Zuck, Guitar

Born and raised in the Garden State, 40 years too late, Bob Zuck started out in rock and roll, but followed the beat back to where it started, with the swingers. One of the original members of the swing revival big band, "Widespread Depression," Bob and his fellow Duke/Basie/Lunceford disciples did their part to show southern New England what it was like to jitterbug to a real live big band. That was in the wayback machine in the Seventies. More recently, Bob, Todne Texeira, Jerry Miller, Rory MacLeod, and Sandol Astrausky kept a roots based band going in the Ocean State for a good six year run. If he could be reborn, it would be as a member of Louis Jordan's Tympany Five, or perhaps even a fly on the wall in one of Slim and Slam's hot units. The beat remains king for this guy......;

John DeBossu, Bass

John is a software engineer that happens to be a respected upright bass player in the Rhode Island area and has been performing on various stages all over New England. Classically trained, John lived in Geneva, Switzerland to study math and computer science. While there, he performed in France and Switzerland in various jazz groups and studied with Blaise Waelday, the former principal bassist with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande based in Geneva. After moving to the Boston area, John studied with Miroslav Vitous, the founding bass player of Weather Report, and later with Paul Del Nero, a much respected jazz bassist in the Boston/Rhode Island area. While in the master’s program in computer engineering at Brown University, John played in the Brown Orchestra under the direction of Wolfgang Balzer. John performs with numerous jazz groups and big bands in the Rhode Island and Western Connecticut area.

Chris Brooks, Guitar

Chris has played music professionally for more than 50 years, and on several instruments, most notably guitar and pedal steel guitar. He worked on the road for 23 years, playing in 15 foreign countries and most of the states of the US. Chris then made a career change, obtaining an MA in TESL, followed by 12 years of teaching English in overseas posts. He now is on the English faculty at Community College of Rhode Island. However he continues to play jazz, country-western and Americana gigs around New England. Chris also plays saxophone in the CCRI Chamber Ensemble.

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