John Salerno Band – Orleans Village Green – July 11, 2017
Salerno’s outfit is old school jazz, mining the society/easy listening vein, but his veterans know how to inject sufficient verve into the various chestnuts (nothing was unfamiliar to me) to keep it interesting. And hey, there’s a reason those songs are/were so popular; it’s nice to hear them presented by players who breathe them as second nature. Salerno’s association with drummer Vitali goes back decades. Ted Kennedy used to call Salerno whenever he breezed into Hyannis, to come entertain at the compound, including singing some old Irish tunes with momma Rose.