Legendary Jazz Pianist Gene DiNovi to Perform with TSO Music Director and Virtuoso Trombonist

Published Wednesday, February 13, 2019 9:00 am

Legendary jazz pianist Gene DiNovi—who performed alongside all the jazz greats, including Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Lester Young, and Duke Ellington—joins Toledo Symphony Orchestra’s (TSO) Music Director and virtuoso trombonist Alain Trudel to perform special arrangements of hits from the Golden Age of Jazz on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 8 PM at the Stranahan Theater.

Gene DiNovi began his musical life as a jazz pianist on 52nd Street—New York’s legendary “Swing Street”—in 1945. It was a remarkable and life-changing journey for the fifteen-year-old DiNovi, from hanging around outside the clubs to listening raptly to the music of Art Tatum, Lester Young, and Billie Holiday. It wasn’t long after the fantasy-like beginning to his jazz career that DiNovi was playing and recording with Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Buddy Rich, Chubby Jackson, and Boyd Raebum.

 “It’s such a treat to get to perform alongside my dear friend and talented pianist, Gene DiNovi,” says Alain Trudel, Music Director of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. “He is an exceptional artist and I’m looking forward to playing trombone for you and to showcase some of the best music from a spectacular time in history!”

The city of Toledo is known for its rich and flourishing jazz scene. I’m Getting Sentimental Over You showcases the greatest works from both the past and the present in this one-night-only performance. This concert also marks an important milestone in history, as it will be the first time Music Director Alain Trudel holds the baton in one hand and trombone in the other.  

“This concert is truly one-of-a-kind,” says Zak Vassar, President & CEO of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. “Not only do we get to see a legendary jazz pianist show off his craft, but we get to admire the instrumental side of our wonderful Music Director, Alain Trudel. Some may not know it, but Alain happens to be a virtuoso trombone player, who has toured the world and recorded extensively. This will be the first time that our audiences get to see what a fine musician Alain is and hear him take on his ‘other love,’ which is the music of jazz. Folks will be blown away!”

I’m Getting Sentimental Over You will take place on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 8 PM at the Stranahan Theater. Tickets are available at toledosymphony.com or by calling the Toledo Symphony Box Office at 419.246.8000.

For more information, please contact Felecia Kanney, Director of Marketing for the Toledo Symphony at fkanney@artstoledo.com.  


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