Saxophone player Greg Piccolo will be featured at a concert on April 4 at the East Texas Arboretum.
Nothing goes with a warm spring night quite like some time relaxing outside listening to the lilt of the saxophone. And it’s even better when the musician behind the instrument has been associated with musical greats such as Eric Clapton, Jimmie Vaughan, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Pat Benetar.
Trinity Valley Community College will be hosting saxophone player Greg Piccolo the evening of April 4 at the East Texas Arboretum. The college will host the event beginning at 7 p.m. at the arboretum’s pavilion.
“The chance for us to host a musician like Greg Piccolo is quite an honor,” said music instructor Mary Tidwell with the college’s music department. “We are very excited to have him coming to Athens.”
Piccolo was a leader, singer and saxophonist for the multi-Grammy Award nominated band Roomful of Blues for 25 years.
He was nominated for W.C. Handy Award and Blues Award for Best Saxophonist.
He performed on Eric Clapton's "Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010" (DVD), Jimmie Vaughan's 2002 Grammy Award winning album, "Do You Get the Blues?" and Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Carnegie Hall Concert" (CD). He has also recorded and/or performed with Pat Benatar, Etta James, Dr. John, Big Joe Turner, Eddie Vinson, J. Geils and Earl King.
He has been touring internationally with Jimmie Vaughan for the last three years. They appeared on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" show in 2010 and at Lincoln Center in New York City, joined by W.C. Clark, Lou Ann Barton and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame winner, Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top in 2011.
In 2010, Jimmie Vaughan and Greg Piccolo recorded and released the album, "Plays Blues, Ballads and Favorites", which was nominated for 2011 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album. They also recorded the song, "The Ironic Twist," which was nominated for 1999 Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.
In February 2011, Greg was inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame for his work with Roomful of Blues.
Cost for general admission is $7. TVCC Students, faculty and staff will be admitted free of charge. Students from other schools will be admitted for $5 and school jazz bands will gain entry for a $25 fee. The East Texas Arboretum is located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 175 and Patterson Road in Athens.