May/June 2017 GASPARILLA ISLAND 63 daughter, violinist Judy Hyman, and with Ken. Peplowski. Peplowski actually played his clarinet with Hyman in Boca Grande that night. Hailing from Cleveland, Ohio he got his start playing in a Polish polka band ... not an easy or forgiving gig. He will still in elementary school at the time, and the bug to perform never quit biting. Buddy Morrow was the director of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra when he heard Peplowski play at a jazz festival. Morrow offered him a job on the spot - not just a job, but to play lead alto. From there Peplowski met Sonny Stitt and studied with him as well. Then in 1980 he moved to New York City, and a few years later Benny Goodman - fresh out of retirement - asked him to play tenor saxophone with his band. That move pretty much sealed the deal on Peplowski's world-wide fame, and in the past he has performed everywhere from a sold-out concert at the Hollywood Bowl to headlining in Las Vegas. He has also worked on a few Woody Allen movies. While Shelly Berg is the youngest musician of the trio, he is already regarded as one of the 21st centuries finest modern jazz pianists. In 2005 his band, the Shelly Berg Trio, hit the top spot on the jazz radio listings with his CD called "Blackbird." That album got him Record of the Year and Artist of the Year nominations. After that a solo effort called "Shelly Berg: The Nearness of You" and an album recorded with Hyman called "Meeting of the Minds" (a two-piano work) received critical. acclaim. He has also recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London. Berg has worked with musicians including Gloria Estefan, Bobby McFerrin, Michael Feinstein, Aretha Franklin and Dionne Warwick, has helped to score numerous television shows and movies, is the director of The Jazz Cruise and is the Dean of the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. And one night this spring, Boca Grande got to enjoy them all in one room, an amazing experience for any music lover. The concert was part of a series created by the Friends of the Boca Grande Community Center. To find out more about upcoming performances during the 2018 season, G keep checking their website (friendsofbocagrande.org) or call M them at (941) 964-0827.
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