Tony Saladino and Friends to perform at St. Patrick’s

As a special Mother’s Day treat, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church will present classical and jazz pianist Tony Saladino, drummer D.C. Duncan, and jazz bass player Anthony Chatman in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 9.

This concert is open to the public and all donations will benefit the music program at St. Patrick’s.

Tony Saladino brings a high level of musical talent and ability to the artistic pool of performers residing in the Pagosa Springs community. Saladino has served as professor of music at the University of the Tetons in Jackson Hole, Wyo., University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., and West Valley College in Saratoga, Calif. He moved to Pagosa Springs with his wife, Lynda, and daughter Abby and has been an active part of the community, entertaining the public with his pianistic virtuosity.

Saladino will be joined during the second half of the program by friends D.C. Duncan on drums, and Anthony Chatman on jazz bass.

Duncan, a resident of Pagosa Springs, received his training in Dallas. He studied with Mitchell Peters, the former principle percussionist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He also studied with Paul Guerrero, of Woody Herman fame. He and his band, The Bee’s Knees, featuring Texas guitar master Anson Funderburgh, won two Texas Music Awards in the late ’70s. Duncan has also drummed in the studio and on stage for such illustrious headliners as Johnnie Taylor, Marc Benno, Bo Diddley, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Chuck Leavell, and others.

Chatman began his musical training at an early age, surrounded by a family of musicians. He attended Norfolk State University with such artists as Rogers Brown, Delbert Felix, Billie Drummond, Steve Wilson, and Karen Briggs of Yanni fame. He has played with a long list of renowned jazz performers, including Jimmy Heath, Chick Corea, David Sanchez, Red Holloway and many others.

The first half of the program will include classical, Baroque, romantic, and 20th century piano compositions by J.S. Bach, Gabriel Faure, Paul Hindemith, Franz Joseph Haydn, Sergei Prokofiev, and George Gershwin. The second half will include such jazz favorites as, “There will never be another you,” by Harry Warren, “Night and Day,” by Cole Porter, a medley of show tunes by Richard Rogers, Johnny Mercer, and Johnny Mandel, a medley from “West Side Story,” by Leonard Bernstein, and other favorites.

St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church is located at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd. Call 731-5801 for more information

Photo courtesy Sally Neel
Classical and jazz pianist Tony Saladino appears in concert with drummer D.C. Duncan and jazz bass player Anthony Chatman at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church.