A celebration and tribute concert to Dr. Jack Wheaton, famed musician, arranger, writer, conductor and Emmy award winner, will be presented by the Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild and held at the Rancho Santa Fe Library, on Thursday, May 26, 5 p.m. This event is open to the public.
A jazz sextet and vocalist will be featured playing favorite songs of Jack’s career from the American Songbook. Featured musicians include Jack’s son, Dana Wheaton on trombone. Dana is an accomplished musician and professor of music in Orange County. Pete DeLuke, Jack’ s sax/clarinet side man for many years. Pete has a Masters Degree from Columbia University in music, is a distinguished educator of music and has played with “everybody”: Benny Goodman, Jimmy Dorsey, Gene Krupa, and Sammy Kaye Big Bands to name a few, as well as the RSF Big Band. He has performed with Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald and Perry Como.
Pianist John Giulino has performed with Al Martino, The Four Seasons, and Frankie Laine.
Vocalist Marie Addario started her career in New York and is currently the vocalist for the RSF Big Band with her husband and trumpet player, Dom Addario. For 25 years they had a traditional jazz band that toured the country. Dom has played with Lester Lanin, Meyer Davis and Eddie Duchin and has been known to imitate the great Louie Armstrong.