Pianist Dan Waddell Featured in a “Concert of Jazz Standards”
College of the Desert presents faculty member Dan Waddell and friends in a “Concert of Jazz Standards” on Friday, Apr. 13, at 1 p.m. in the Pollock Theatre on the COD Palm Desert campus.
“Dan has been the mainstay of the keyboard for the Desert Symphony for many years...as symphony pianist, soloist and dear friend,” Marilyn Benachowski stated.
The concert marks Waddell’s birthday, a fitting moment for celebratory jazz that demonstrates the versatility that has made him one of the busiest musicians in the Coachella Valley. Whether on the concert stage, in the orchestra pit, at private venues or night clubs, Waddell is equally proficient playing the classics, show tunes or jazz standards. “You are one of the most complete musicians that I know,” said Bill Marx.
Waddell will be accompanied by Danny Flahive (bass), Andreas Davis III (drums) and Dr. Anthony Fesmire (guest artist/guitar). The group will be performing ‘Love Is Called What?’ a bebop style arrangement based on the chord changes to Cole Porter’s ‘What Is This Thing Called Love,’ ‘Here’s That Rainy Day’ by Jimmy van Heusen, ‘Autumn Leaves’ by Joseph Kosma, ‘Georgia On My Mind’ by Hoagy Carmichael and more. Jane Norman said, “Dan is an exceptional musician with the rare ability to support a singer and bring out the best in him or her. His playing is tasteful and secure. He is a joy to work with.”
Waddell has been an adjunct faculty member at COD for twenty years. Fesmire, Associate Professor of Music, joined COD in 2008. Davis is a current COD student and Flahive is a well-known local entertainer.
The public is cordially invited to attend. There will be a reception following the concert. Admission and parking are free!
For more information, call the Social Sciences and Arts Box Office at 760 773-2565.