Leonisa Ardizzone Quartet performs at café
Rosendale Café, 4334 Main St., Rosendale, welcomes the Leonisa Ardizzone Quartet for a performance on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 8 p.m.
Ardizzone is a juggler. Not a juggler of colorful balls or bowling pins, but of her interests, ideals and avocations. One by one throughout her life, she has added to her juggler’s props: Teaching, dancing, singing, writing, working for peace and justice and parenting.
On occasion Ardizzone’s passions for music and live performance have been overshadowed by her roles as an educator and mother, but never for long. Music and entertaining is the thing that feeds her soul. And as a skilled juggler, she knows when to put a thing down to add another. Enter the Leonisa Ardizzone Quartet.
The quartet has two CDs to her credit, “Afraid of the Heights” and “The Scent of Bitter Almonds.” On the latter CD, the quartet offers refreshing takes on jazz standards and original works.
Ardizzone has earned the praise of reviewers, she does not consider herself a singer with a backing band but rather a member of the group.
The band is a cohesive and creative unit, and she is another instrument interpreting the repertoire. Because of this collaborative mindset, the interplay between the musicians is stellar; they complement and enhance one another. They share the spotlight and push the creative envelope.
The quartet also features Jess Jurkovic on piano, Justin Hines on drums and Bob Sabin on bass. Admission is $10. Visit rosendalecafe.com or call (845) 658-9048 for more information.