Sun, Jul 16|
Dick Maley & Friends with Special Guest, Trumpeter & Tap Dancer Greg Varlotta
This band you do not want to miss. Dick has thrown together the best of the best for this concert. Come her how Dixieland is supposed to sound with a little something extra. Featuring * Herb Bruce-Bone; Greg Varlotta - Trumpet & Tap
Time & Location
Jul 16, 2023, 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Clearwater, 2612 Cove Cay Dr, Clearwater, FL 33760, USA
About the event
* Herb Bruce - Trombone
* Terry Meyers - Saxes & Clarinet
* Steve Boisen - Bass & Banjo
* Rick Steuart - Piano
* Greg Varlotta - Trumpet & Tap Shoes
* DIck Maley - Drums & Vocal
Dick has invited very special gues artist Greg Varlotta from Arizona to perform with Dick's Bband. Greg has performed with the "Side Street Strutters" at Disney in California.
The Strutters became the house jazz band at Disneyland, where they performed 5 days a week at the French Market Restaurant in New Orleans Square. The group held that position for over 21 years. The Side Street Strutters also maintained a busy traveling schedule which includes 9 tours of Europe, and several Canada and Mexico tours, and performed at the White House for former presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush. Most recently, the "Strutters" have been featured with several symphony orchestras, performing a highly entertaining jazz pops program. The Strutters still tour and attend festivals regularly.
In 2001, Greg joined the faculty of the Teagarden Traditional Jazz Society music camp in Sly Park, California, as trombone instructor, fulfilling his aspirations to share his musical knowledge with young jazz musicians.
In November of 2006, Greg began touring the U.K. with famed E-Street Band member Nils Lofgren, playing trumpet, piano, guitar and tap dancing! Greg has joined Nils on many tours through 2018.
Greg joined the Bill Allred Classic Jazz Band for the group's 20th anniversary aboard the Crystal Serenity cruise ship for a 10 day Caribbean trip in December of 2010.
Greg's fascination with the rhythms of tap dance has led him to create a music notation for tap dancers. In development for nearly a decade, his system, called FootNotes, was published in April of '09 and immediately drew attention from not only the tap community, but the musical world as well. Greg hopes that his tap notation will bridge the communication gap between tap dancers and musicians, and that tap will eventually be taught universally using his notation system.