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Music may be old, but it continues to fascinate audiences
by Ed Wismer, Ocean City Sentinel critic, excerpt from Ocean City Sentinel, August 14, 2000

Why is it that music - especially show music from the '20s, '30s, '40s and '50s - continue to have such popularity, even with the Generation X bunch? Why do things by Gershwin, Porter and Rogers continue to fascinate? The answer has to be great tunes and above all, lyrics that are memorable. The ever-popular Jody Kedwell and Tom Baust, along with Texan pianist James Lent, brought a midweek evening of blues, ballads, Dixieland and fascinating rhythms to the Music pier stage on Aug.9.

. . . The orchestra took a well-earned early farewell, and gave the stage over to the Mississsippi Dixieland Jamboree. George Rabbai's trumpet, Carl Mottola's drums and Ace Tesone's bass - three of the sextet performing - transported the audience right down the mighty "Father of Waters" to the Crescent City in a tribute to the unforgettable Louis Armstrong.

Joe and Paul Midiri were nothing less than a phenomenon. The twins were playing clarinet and trombone Tuesday. Joe is the one who did what I think is the best Louis Armstrong impression ever done on this planet on "What a Wonderful World".

Rabbai's trumpet is closest to Satch's original sound you'll ever hear, but I must give some of my admiration to Pat Mercuri's nimble guitar work. Dixie hits like "New Orleans Parade," "Do You Know What It Means" and "Jazz Me Blues" came pouring out of a vast cornucopia delighting all. Mercuri was also proficient on banjo, which was most impressive. I've heard all these guys in various combinations but Tuesday night was special.


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