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Tierney Sutton jammed agreeably with her trio on that first cool Saturday night at Spoleto's customary outdoor venue, The Cistern. Her instrumental approach to her scat vocals was evidenced most clearly on tunes rarely associated with singers, including Dizzy Gillespie's "Con Alma," Miles Davis' "Blue in Green," and Jimmy Rowles' "The Peacocks."

Hank Jones brought an exquisitely swinging trio to Albert Simons Recital Hall last weekend. The hall brought out the richness of the sounds they make -- Jones was at his blistering best in Sonny Rollins' "St. Thomas" and Kurt Weill's 'Speak Low." He also penetrated to the bluesy marrow of Monk's "'Round Midnight" and Ellington's "In a Sentimental Mood." Whatever the tempo, Jones always gave his esteemed bassist, George Mraz, a say. The glittering brushwork of Dennis Mackrel was also generously featured.*

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