Annual ‘Toast to Tony’ concert in Spicewood honors jazz great


SPICEWOOD — The final concert of the Spicewood Arts Society 2014-2015 series is a favorite.

Nicknamed “A Toast to Tony,” the Motheral family presents its annual tribute to jazz great Tony Campise at 7 p.m. May 8 at the Spicewood Vineyards Event Center, 1419 CR 409. Admission is $50 a person.

This year’s lineup includes trombonist, composer, conductor and arranger Wycliffe Gordon, Dr. James Polk on the piano, bassist John Fremgen, trumpeter Dennis Dotson, tenor saxophonist John Mills, trombonist Michael Mordecai and Butch Miles, who played the drums for Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr.

“The patrons really enjoy it,” said Wanda Rosello, community outreach chairwoman of the Spicewood Arts Society. “The fellows look forward to performing together each year.”

Miles will play in his first performance at the Spicewood Vineyards Event Center since he underwent lung transplant surgery, Rosello said.

“The community has been very supportive of Butch during that time,” she said.

Members of the Spicewood Arts Society realize this concert is unique, Rosello said.

“The patrons like getting together in our venue,” she said. “We’re so fortunate to have this type of music in our neighborhood.”

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