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Zebra had the mostly middle-aged crowd eating out of its hands. The band delivered exactly what the audience expected and wantedan evening of fun, Zeppelin-flavored rock with a nod to the tasty guitar licks that Jackson has used to drive the music for almost forty years. On this evening the band's main set consisted of eighteen songs. In addition to the expected "Tell Me What You Want," "He's Makin' You The Fool," "As I Said Before," "Wait Till The Summer's Gone" "Bear," and "One More Chance" (which have become staples of the group's live performances), the band played songs from all phases of its career as well as a cover of Led Zeppelin's "Rock And Roll."
The players in Zebra are master musicians. Hanemann effortlessly switched back and forth between keyboards and bass guitar. Gelso's backbeat drove the band. Jackson's guitar and strong vocals were spot-on. His use of falsetto vocals on some of the songs fit so well into the arrangements that it sounded much like another instrument. Jackson's versatility was also on display when he strapped on the acoustic guitar for "Who's Behind The Door."
The main set ended with "Take Your Fingers From My Hair." The stunning version of the song had the audience on its feet, playing air guitar and singing along with the performers. At the end, the band left the stage but only for a minute. They returned to play "Don't Walk Away" and "The La La Song." The extended version of "The La La Song" included Gelso's powerful, yet tasty drum solo. During the solo, Jackson and Hanemann retreated to the back of the stage so Gelso could bask in the glory of his virtuosity. As the solo came to a close, Jackson and Hanemann returned to their instruments for the song's (and the show's) big finish. When the song ended, the band left the stage and made its way to the merchandise table to shake hands, sign CDs and meet its adoring public.
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com