Sounds of big band and swing settle on canyon
By JORGE SANCHEZ
© St. Petersburg Times, published March 23, 2001
Sinatra-style big band music and swingin' Dixieland jazz will be offered this weekend at Rock Crusher Canyon Garden Pavilion.
Backed by an eight-piece swing band, Peter Brady will perform from 7 to 10 p.m. tonight. Brady was signed to Capitol Records as a replacement for Frank Sinatra, after Sinatra left to record for another label in the 1960s.
Though that should have been the break his career needed, it was really a prelude to tragedy. After recording a few albums for Capitol, Brady was hit in the throat by a tennis ball during a celebrity tournament and lost his singing voice. It was not until 1999 that his singing skills returned. He has recorded two new CDs, Class Act and Soft & Swinging.
Brady, a resident of Tampa, has recently performed in Las Vegas, Miami and London.
On Saturday, Razz Ma Tazz will perform Dixieland and audience sing-alongs. The talented band features a pianist and drummer and is led by North American banjo champion Johnny Baier. Playing a tenor banjo, Baier performs Dixieland classics, Broadway show tunes and fun sing-alongs. Razz Ma Tazz has gained an ever-increasing following at the Garden Pavilion. The band also will be joined midway through its act by special guest trumpeter Bill White, who performs a Louis Armstrong tribute.
Rounding out the entertainment each night is the buffet dinner, served from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission to the shows is $15, which includes dinner. Call 795-1313.
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