It’s been a few years since we’ve heard from music director/keyboard player Dan Dembicki.
Dembicki is best known for his Dan Dembicki Trio (DDT) and the specialized shows he produced which featured music of famous artists performed by local talent. Some of the shows included songs of: Better Midler, Tina Turner, Burt Bacharach and Bonnie Raitt. Local performers were: Shantel Norman, Bob Miner, Teyona Green, Melanie Massell and Taylor Opie. When not doing shows he played piano with many different groups in Sarasota and serves as organist at Sarasota Baptist Church.
Listening to your favorite Christmas music is a great way to get into the holiday spirit so Dan created something a little different by featuring music from the Charlie Brown Christmas Special which was originally aired on television in 1964. Everyone recognizes and loves these tunes and this show gives you a place where you can actually hear them live! The DD Trio Christmas show is designed for families and will be held on December 11th and 18th starting at 6:00 PM at JR’s Packinghouse.
Hearing these most notable tunes live is fun for everyone, from “A Charlie Brown Christmas”, “O Tannenbaum” is simple and “jazzy”. The ballad, “Skating”, offers rolling thirds in waltz time. “Christmas Time Is Here”. But there’s no doubt that the headliner is one of the most famous piano pieces of all time, “Linus and Lucy.” Although the name isn’t as familiar as the sound, and as any cocktail pianist can attest, patrons fervently order “Peanuts!” or “Snoopy!” or “Charlie Brown!” instead of “Linus and Lucy.”
Hosting the show is JR’s Old Packinghouse Cafe, which has one of the best Cuban sandwiches, right here on the Suncoast! USA Today nominated them for Best Cuban in Florida and The Sarasota Post featured them in one of their “The Best of The Sarasota Post” articles. If you haven’t been here yet, head down toward I-75 at the Fruitville Road exit (210) to Cattlemen Road which will take you to 987 S. Packinghouse Road. The food and atmosphere are perfect for this holiday occasion. The music is fun and the volume will be just right so families and visiting relatives can converse while enjoying great food and holiday themed music.
Performing the tunes in its original instrumentation are musicians:
Bart Dellarmi – Bass – Bart is an Emmy Award winning cinematographer who applies his artistic skills into his musical playing. Bart is an original member of the Dan Dembicki Trio and was instrumental in launching the group into the Sarasota music scene. Bart plays with many bands in the SRQ including Kat Crosby and the Rhythm Gators, guitarist Mark Miller, The Dreamwalkers and more.
Scott Blum – Percussion – Scott Blum has received numerous awards and grants for programs throughout the community. His credits include innovative and educational presentations, drum circles, dance classes and percussion workshops. He is an active member of the Association of Florida Teaching Artists and Arts for Healing. He can be seen performing around Florida with the Manatee Community Concert Band, Sea Note Dixieland Jazz Band, Jacobites, Lakewood Ranch Wind Ensemble, the Northport Concert Band and many other performers.
Bring the kids! Percussionist, Scott Blum will involve the audience with some fun interactive songs at the Charlie Brown Christmas Show. This is a great opportunity for families with children to experience percussion instruments and play with the band. Parents will want to have their video phones ready to capture the unique fun to post on social media or send to grandparents.
We will also be presenting other Holiday Tunes and will possibly have more guest performers joining us.
Greg Fischer. Born and raised in Detroit , Greg grew up with a real love for music . With interest ranging from the Motown sound to Detroit’s hard driving rock bands, Greg has played guitar and sang in various bands since Junior High. Over ten years ago he formed, and is lead singer for, the Shift Change Band which has stayed busy playing the local clubs, restaurants and private parties. Greg will be singing the Beach Boys hit “Little Saint Nick” and the soulful “Please Come Home for Christmas” by The Eagles.
Everyone is encouraged to support local music and venues… come on out to JR’s Old Packinghouse Café on December 11th and 18th and get in the holiday mood!
Photos from Dan Dembicki Trio