Jay Allen Sanford 4:30 p.m., Sept. 20
Donnie Finnell Trio
RIYL: Johnny Mathis, Frank Sinatra, Lou Rawls, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Astrud Gilberto, Tony Bennett
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Inception: San Diego, 1995
Influences: Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra
Donnie Finnell, Gary Wilson, and Carlos Rull have performed together as a lounge trio for years, first as Company East and then as the Donnie Finnell Trio.
Finnell has performed around San Diego County for more than two decades. Wilson came into prominence in New York as an experimental rock artist. After being rediscovered a few years back, he came out of obscurity after a 20-plus-year hiatus and currently leads his own band, the Blind Dates. Rull is an award-winning drummer who performed with Big Time Operator from 1996 to 1999, acid jazz group Rollo, the Uptown Boys, and also performs with the Big Daddy Orchestra.