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Chuck Perrin and Dizzy's are partnering again for a performance held in The Back Room at 98 Bottles in Little Italy, Jan. 19, at 8 p.m.

Contrabass pioneer Bert Turetzky will perform an evening of music composed by Astor Piazolla, the Argentine Tango master.

Accompanying Turetzky will be Lorie Kirkell on cello, Francesca Savage on viola, Alyze Dreiling Hammer on violin, and Nancy Turetzky on flutes.

Piazolla didn't invent the tango, but his body of work revolutionized the form--especially by opening it up to the influences of jazz and classical music.

"We got hooked on Piazolla in the '80s, when I was playing a festival in Germany. I checked out a lot of the scores in a music store and got a bunch of the recordings, and we've been playing his music since the late '80s," says Turetzky.

"It's really beautiful, exciting music. Piazolla lived in New York City for awhile, and he used to go up to Harlem to hear Duke Ellington and Count Basie, so those harmonies and melodies began to creep into his music. He also loved Bela Bartok, and then he discovered J.S. Bach. So you hear all of these different elements in his music, along with the Argentine clave, and some intricate counterpoint," Turetzky added.

Also coming to 98 Bottles, on Jan. 21, saxophonist Ian Tordella will perform with an all-star quintet, featuring guitarists Peter Sprague and Joey Carano bassist Ben Wanicur, and drummer Richard Sellers.

Tordella has new recording, Tragic Comedy he's looking to release, so some of the material will be culled from that effort. The addition of Sprague will definitely crank things up a few notches--he doesn't do many sideman gigs.

This performance will also constitute a multimedia affair. Two local artists will be displaying at the site: the noted concert photographer Michael Klayman, who will be displaying some of his long-exposure work, and mixed media artist Michelle Robinson, who has been a driving force behind the Ray St. Art Scene in North Park.


Photo by Michael Klayman

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