TUCSON TALENTSby Tucson Citizen on Feb. 26, 2009, under Calendar Plus
Citizen Staff Writer
Rosano Bros. celebrate
release of debut CD
The much-anticipated debut CD by the Rosano Bros. Virtual Quartet
has arrived, aptly titled “Live at Dante’s House.” After eight years of
public performances, the band’s uniquely down-home funky music has been
captured digitally, raising the perpetual question “How do they get
Marco and Dante, the Rosano brothers in question, each play a couple
of instruments simultaneously. Marco hefts his baritone sax and his
melodica, occasionally adds a little piano accompaniment, and also
plays all the “foot pedal” drums.
Dante specializes in cornet and piano.
It is absolutely impossible to hear the Virtual Quartet and not be
smiling within 30 seconds, tapping your foot inside of a minute. This
instantaneous response begins somewhere deep down in your childhood
memories of “Krazy Kat” cartoons on Saturday morning, watching and
laughing in your jammies.
Then come the touches of klezmer music subconsciously absorbed in
all kinds of jazz from George Gershwin to the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.
Add in fantasy gypsy passions spinning in the firelight and goofy
circus clowns with big feet stomping around in the spotlight.
Or skip all the thinking and just go for it. Enjoying this kind of
fun does require some sophistication, although having lots of cheesy
lifetime experiences can also work.
The song list ranges from old-timey cover versions of “Dream A
Little Dream,” Duke Ellington’s “Mood Indigo,” Michael Jackson’s
“Billie Jean” and right on to an enchanting faux-nostalgia original
sung by Dante, “I Remember The Time.”
Still not convinced? Catch the CD release party coming up Friday. To
get the full effect, be sure to wear your jammies. When: 9:30 p.m.-1:30
a.m. Friday Where: Plush, 340 E. Sixth St. (at North Fourth Avenue)
Price: no admission charge, no cover Info: 440-0151, virtualquartet.com
DVD chronicles drummer Watson’s stint with Dylan
For music fans who’ve wondered what it would be like to tour with
rock legend Bob Dylan, a new documentary about Tucson drummer (and
former Gentlemen After Dark band member) Winston Watson offers an
“Bob Dylan Never Ending Tour Diaries – Drummer Winston Watson’s
Incredible Journey” focuses on the experiences of Watson, a 1979
Catalina High School grad who played with Dylan from 1992-96.
“Winston Watson chronicled his incredible 5-year journey with Bob
Dylan in daily personal diaries and in home video footage with his
Video 8 camera,” states the film synopsis on the DVD Web site. “A
skilled storyteller, Watson paints an intimate portrait of Bob Dylan’s
band, life on tour, Dylan’s music, and the mercurial, brilliant Bob
The DVD is available for $14.95 from www.bobdylandiaries.com.
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