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Dr. Michael Torregano will appear in concert September 22, 2018 at the Marigny Opera House 725 St. Ferdinand St. The show starts at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $10/$5 for senior and students.

The latest CD from Dr Michael Torregano is entitled "For Your Ears Only." This is a collection updated versions of traditional New Orleans Jazz and standards. It is now available at www.cdbaby.com and iTunes.

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Dr. Michael Torregano, Doctor Jazz (MikeyJazz Music)

If the name Dr. Michael Torregano sounds familiar, it should.

The New Orleans born multi-instrumentalist has been working and teaching for decades in his hometown and beyond. For over 30 years, he has been playing piano with his brother, clarinetist Joseph Torregano. On Doctor Jazz, his second outing as leader, he applies his talents as a pianist in solo, trio and quartet settings. His band includes locals clarinetist and saxophonist Louis Ford, bassist Al Bernard, and drummer Sullivan Dabney.

The album, which is full of classic material from Crescent City composers such as the great King Oliver and Jelly Roll Morton and others like Benny Goodman and Cole Porter, could best be described as pleasant to the ear. In other words, it is very musical. It hits you that way from the opening measures of the standard “I Could Write a Book.” The well-recorded tune swings gently with the trio heightened by some lovely piano flourishes provided by Torregano.

Torregano’s minimalist, single note solo introduction to Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile” sets the tone for the emotional drama of the song. It is quite elegant.

On Doctor Jazz, the pianist is at his best in the world of ballads and romance as heard on “Old Folks.” He does show he can fly on Benny Goodman’s and Charlie Christian’s upbeat “7 Come 11” that features Louis Ford on clarinet. He’s also got it swinging on “Just One of Those Things.” That’s Torregano singing on this cut, the only tune that includes vocals.

Doctor Jazz makes one want to hear more from the talented Michael Torregano on recordings and on the scene.

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Michael Torregano reaches deep into the American songbook, a favorite source of material for the New Orleans pianist. Folks with similar musical tastes are sure to know every tune and probably all the lyrics on For Your Ears Only. On this outing, Torregano also reminds us of his talents as a singer, or more accurately a jazz vocalist. He only sang one tune on 2015’s release, Doctor Jazz, though here he ups the ante and adds vocals to four tunes, including an interestingly arranged and delivered chestnut, “When My Dreamboat Comes Home.” It opens with the drums of Chris Guccione and the bass of Wilbur Thompson, who alternates on cuts with bassist Al Bernard, the only musician in the group who was also featured on Torregano’s previous album. “I think I’ll play my piano now,” says Torregano, who takes a long, rather funky solo complete with piano trills. Jamil Sharif’s trumpet takes it out struttin’.

The band is in its more typical swinging mode on another classic, “Almost Like Being in Love,” on which Torregano again reaches for the microphone. New Orleans steps in to take over on Thomas Henry Delaney’s 1921 tune, “Jazz Me Blues,” which has been recorded by a number of ensembles including the Original Dixieland Jazz Band. Sharif’s trumpet is the star of the show on this one.

Torregano’s only solo piano piece is a wistful version of “Over the Rainbow” that he emotionally presents. For Your Ears Only, which ends with the lively “I Want to Be Happy,” should suit those who enjoy a sentimental journey down memory lane.

Music from For Your Ears Only

New Music!!

Michael's' newest CD For Your Ears Only is now available at www.cdbaby.com and iTunes.

Michael's Christmas CD entitled Christmas Carols is now available only at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/drmichaeltorregano2.

Michael's 2015 CD Doctor Jazz is now available at www.cdbaby.com and iTunes.

 

Dr. Michael Torregano