Orvieto Winter Jazz Festival: Drummin’ It Up
In late December in Orvieto, Derrick D’Mar, drummer for the Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra, brought the lunch crowd at the Ristorante San Francesco jazz lunch to their feet with an astounding gran finale.
At the end of the band’s final piece, he leapt over his drum set to the front of the stage, headed to the mikes to he beat out a tune with his drumsticks and then into the audience to roam table-to -table, playing on glasses, full bottles empty ones, half-full bottles, plates, and chairs.
When we talked to Wee Willie and his wife after the concert (Pino wanted to buy their CD). I told him that his voice was anything but “wee.” He chuckled with that husky voice he belts out when singing.
We’ll be back. We never miss Umbria Jazz Winter in late December when Orvieto rocks. And that glorious Orvieto splendor: what a backdrop to the music
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