Review by Geoff Anderson of the February 27, 2015 benefit concert at Mount Vernon Country Club. "D’Rivera acted as Master of Ceremonies throughout the evening, often speaking of his love for Brazilian music when he introduced tunes he wrote in the Brazilian style. A particular highlight of the set was a D’Rivera original - a tribute to James Moody called “Who’s Smoking?” - that featured such tight, intricate playing by the front line that it sounded like the group had been playing the tune together for years rather than mere days. The band also played a Gorra original called “Jazongo,” which won the 2014 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award." For the entire review please click here
The Telluride Jazz All Star program brings students from all over the globe to participate in the Telluride Jazz Festival. I have been fortunate to have participated in this program, and I am grateful for the wonderful experience and new friendships.