John Skoczen, Mike Short & Sam Pannunzio | Shades of Blue

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Shades of Blue

by John Skoczen, Mike Short & Sam Pannunzio

A cool mix of favorite jazz and lounge tunes performed on steel drum, marimba and world beat percussion, backed up by a trio of keyboards, drum set, and bass. The perfect music for an evening of cocktails with friends.
Genre: Jazz: Latin Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Afro Blue
6:11 album only
2. Little Sunflower
4:46 album only
3. Samba De Orfeu
6:28 album only
4. Angel Eyes
3:41 album only
5. Chitlins Con Carne
3:10 album only
6. Blue Bossa
1:39 album only
7. Watermelon Man
4:46 album only
8. The Days of Wine and Roses
5:35 album only
9. Sugar
3:48 album only
10. Flamingo
3:09 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
John Skoczen began his musical career in small town jazz and lounge groups and went on to perform on cruise ships throughout the Caribbean, where he became enamored by the music of that region. After years of performing on cruise ships, John came back to his hometown, and with the help of his favorite players, Sam Pannunzio on keyboards, and Mike Short on bass, has put together an album which combines the best of Jazz, lounge, and Caribbean music with a touch of blue, all in one inspiring recording.

John has been an avid percussionist and drum collector throughout his life. On this album he plays an dazzling array of percussion instruments. For the melody of the songs, he used a solo tenor pan, double tenor pans (steel drums) as well as marimba. The backbone of the rhythm section is provided by John's drum set playing. Final "salt and pepper" for the album includes Afro-Cuban instruments such as congas, bongos, bata' drums, and shekere (the big gourd with beads on it). Brazilian instruments include cuica (sounds like a monkey), triangle, shakers, and samba whistle. African instruments include talking drum, dun dun (African bass drums) and ngoma (conical African style conga drum). North Indian instruments include tabla and dholak. Finally, John plays numerous small percussion instruments such as finger cymbals and chimes to complete the seasoning of the album.

John currently performs on solo steel drum in Austin, Texas. You can learn more about him, or contact him through his website:



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