A Dallas Jazz Singer on the Road: What A Swell Party It Was!
Lou Delmonico, one of the original founders of the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Southern California, turned 75 in January. He’s a pretty special guy.
Lou sits on many arts-related Boards. His love of opera and chorale music is legendary.
He’s also a great fan of classic jazz, the kind you can dance to. Standards. Big band. He loves it all.
I was honored to have been part of the spectacular celebration Lou put on for his many friends and associates.
The invitations read: “Alive at 75!”
Lou flew me out from Dallas, with instructions to assemble the wonderful musicians I’ve been working with out there for the better part of…a lot of years.
It was quite a band: Bill Cunliffe, Terry Harrington, Steve Wilkerson, Dean Koba, Kye Palmer, Ben May, Tony Campodinico and Barry Zweig.
Can you spell “G-R-A-M-M-Y?”
These folks have played on many winning albums and even have a few statues of their own.
It’s always great fun to work for Lou. He knows what he wants, which makes entertaining his guests a delight.
And, of course, I know a lot of the folks in his crowd. It was good to see them, too.
I think I sang for five hours.
And guys…there is never enough time.
You are the best musicians in the world, the pink cloud on which the musical dreams of this singer have floated effortlessly so many times, and in so many incredible settings.
I thank you all.
Many more happy birthdays, Lou!