Musicians are my heroes, and music is my life force. Through the years, I have been blessed to not only meet but also connect with amazing musicians. Legendary big band leader Tommy Igoe is one of my new heroes. Last January, Team RRAZZ traveled to APAP-NYC, and I met Tommy Igoe for the first time with his Birdland Big Band. Since his relocation to the San Francisco Bay Area, I have spent time getting to know Tommy at various work-related events. He is a husband, father of twins, and overall great guy. Last night, I had the opportunity to witness Tommy’s new beginning at The RRazz Room, and it was spectacular.
The Tommy Igoe Big Band is scheduled to perform (18) Monday nights at The RRazz Room. He specifically asked me not to invite media for the first two installments, but oh, how I wish media could have reviewed last night’s performance. The (15) piece big band included four familiar faces:
~Pianist Adam Schulman, whom I met through Bay Area vocalist Natasha Miller
~Trumpeter Louis Fasman and the legendary Trombonist Wayne Wallace, whom I have worked with for The Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra
~Trumpeter Steffen Kuehn, who was part of my original JFM Presents roster
There were two members of the band, whom I know through their connections:
~Trumpeter Larry Lunetta, who is married to Tony Award Winner Faith Prince
~Trumpeter Alex (?), who works with NYC vocalist/bandleader Terese Geneco
What made last night’s debut stand out in my mind is Tommy’s sincerity:
“Band leaders acts as if they know what they’re doing; I’m bringing you with us.”
The 70-minute set was as fresh and organic as they come. Throughout the night, Tommy engaged the audience with statements like, “Witness live birth,” and “Thank you for keeping live music alive.”
And at the end of the night, every person who attended this debut could see that Tommy Igoe knows how to have BIG FUN. Talented and full of personality, Tommy Igoe is unassuming, kind and gracious.
I highly recommend you become part of this truly amazing experience taking place Monday nights at The RRazz Room. And THANK YOU, Tommy Igoe, for changing the face of Bay Area Nightlife on Mondays!!!
THE TOMMY IGOE BIG BAND
Live at The RRazz Room
Featuring 15 of the Bay Area’s finest musicians
Including members of Tower of Power, Santana and The Doobie Brothers
Mondays at 7:30pm $25
Apr 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
For the last five years, Tommy Igoe developed a new big band at Birdland, and it became the most popular weekly event in New York City. He brings the same musical acumen to San Francisco, and endeavors to change the face of nightlife on Mondays. Igoe brings his big band pedigree (his father Sonny Igoe was the drummer for Benny Goodman and Woody Herman during the 40s-50s) to create a big band for the 21st Century. This is not nostalgia, but a forward-looking spin on a uniquely American format. Tommy Igoe prides himself on finding music you may not have heard, but will love nonetheless. Eighteen Monday night performances beginning April 2nd. More…
15-Piece Big Band
Photo Credit: Pat Johnson