Jazz musicians Tony Miceli and Vince Lardear headlined a special show Friday, June 7, at Saketumi Restaurant put on by Eddie Sherman presents... It was a fun evening.
Miceli is an internationally known vibraphonist who has been compared to the legendary Milt Jackson and Gary Burton. Miceli lives in Philadelphia and has worked steadily on the jazz scene since 1980. As a group leader, sideman and recording artist, he is a versatile musician who has performed alongside greats including David Liebman, Jimmy Bruno, Ken Peplowski, John Blake, Diane Monroe, John Swana, Joe Magnarelli, Steve Slagle, Larry McKenna and many others.
In addition to his work with the group Monkadelphia, which he cofounded in 1990, Miceli is a member of the PhilOrch Jazz Ensemble (a quartet featuring members of the Philadelphia Orchestra) and the Adam Unsworth Ensemble.
Composer, arranger, educator and artist Lardears’ talent is a large presence on the jazz scene in Philadelphia, Wilmington and surrounding areas. Lardear is a former member of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra under the direction of Buddy Morrow and played lead alto with The Illinois Jaquet Big Band for six years until the legendary saxophonist's death in July 2004. He has studied with David Baker, Jimmy Heath, Barry Harris, Lee Konitz and Phil Woods. He is one with his instrument, the alto sax, and at alternating moments channeling the likes of Phil Woods and Charlie Parker.
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