Local artist to present classical and jazz concert

Those who stop by the office at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church on any given morning are quite likely to hear the glorious sounds of Dr. Tony Saladino practicing on the church’s beautiful Pramberger grand piano.

In a gesture to thank the church for the use of their piano and facilities, Saladino will present a classical and jazz piano concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 225 S. Pagosa Blvd. There is no set cost for the concert, but all donations will go to assist the church’s music program.

Saladino, known as Tony by his many friends and fans in Pagosa Springs, has served as professor of music at the University of the Tetons in Jackson Hole, Wyo., University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., and West Valley College in Saratoga, Calif. He now resides in Pagosa Springs with his wife, Lynda, and their daughter, Abby.

He often can be heard entertaining local audiences at Nello’s and at Keyah Grande. “Tony is an extraordinarily talented and accomplished concert pianist who has a wide and varied repertoire,” said Rev. Doug Neel. “He really makes it a special joy to come to the office each day.”

The first half of the program will include classical, baroque, romantic, and 20th century piano compositions by J.S. Bach, Gabriel Faure, Paul Hindemith, Franz Joseph Haydn, Sergei Prokofiev, and George Gershwin. The second half will include such jazz favorites as, “There will never be another you” by Harry Warren, “Night and Day” by Cole Porter, a medley of show tunes by Richard Rogers, Johnny Mercer, and Johnny Mandel, a medley from “West Side Story” by Leonard Bernstein, and many others.

Saladino will be assisted during the second half by renowned jazz artists Anthony Chatman on bass and D.C. Duncan on drums. Anthony Chatman graduated from Chicago Jazz School and has played with many famous jazz artists around the country and in Europe. D.C. Duncan was trained in Dallas and is the former principal percussionist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He, too, has performed with numerous famous jazz artists around the country, including Johnnie Taylor, Marc Benno, Bo Diddley and Chuck Leavell.

The concert is open to the public.

“This will make a wonderful Mother’s Day gift and an extraordinary evening of music,” said Neel.


Photo courtesy Sally Neel
Pianist Tony Saladino will perform classical and jazz music — the jazz in concert with D.C. Duncan and Anthony Chatman — at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 9.