An afternoon of jazz featuring Pat Gullotta, Rick Abbott, Harold “H” Johnson, Corey Paul, Will Nestler, Johny Carlsson, Charlie Silva and Barry Smith.
PAT GULLOTTA – Trombone - Pat plays his trombone in a wide variety of styles via studio recordings, concerts, conventions and show productions. He has performed with several well-known artists including Natalie Cole, Don Henley, Wayne Newton, and many more. Pat is featured soloist for The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, and has appeared at many blues and jazz festivals around the U.S. and Europe. Currently Pat is performing with The BB King All Stars, Pat’s intensity and signature sound is truly one of a kind.
RICK ABBOTT - Trombone - Rick attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga as a Music Theory and Composition major. He was a member of the Chattanooga Symphony from 1977 - 1982 and with the DuPont World’s Fair Band in 1983. In 1984 Rick moved to Jacksonville, FL and performed with the Jack Heard Big Band as well as with his own jazz quartet from 1984 to 1986. He was a full time musician at Disney World from 1986 to 2010. Rick has performed with Bob Hope, Rosemary Clooney, Natalie Cole, Tony Bennett and many more. He's been a Broadway show musician for many years in the Orlando and Tampa areas and currently works with the band "Rocky & The Rollers.”
HAROLD “H” JOHNSON - Trombone - “H” has a BA from the University of Colorado and a Masters in Music Education from the Metropolitan State College. From 1972 until 1981, when he joined Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL, “H” had worked, first as Principal Trombone in the Community Arts Symphony, Denver, CO as well as in Dixieland bands in NYC and in FL and on cruises. With Disney he has worked in a variety of venues from The Walt Disney World Band (Leader/Asst. Conductor) to Director of Entertainment of the Church Street Station, as well as, leader and front man for the Rosie O’Grady’s Goodtime Jazz Band. “H” is presently a longstanding member and leader of the Grand Floridian Society Orchestra.
COREY PAUL – Trombone - Corey has a Jazz Studies degree from the University of Central Florida and is currently making his living as a musician at Disney World, with the Dr Phillips Center Jazz Orchestra, the Orlando Jazz Orchestra, and freelancing all over the state. Corey's performed with many famous talents such as Ariana Grande and Seal during his time in Orlando.
WILL NESTLER – Bass Trombone - Will Nestler, a native of Lake Wales, FL, began his music studies at The Harrison School of Performing Arts in Lakeland. He continued as a performance major at The University of Central Florida & The University of South Florida, where he studied Tuba, Euphonium, Bass & Tenor Trombone. Currently, Will performs at Walt Disney World with the Main Street Philharmonic, and in The Candlelight processional. He also performs with various touring Broadway shows, including The Lion King and Wicked, as well as numerous Symphony Orchestras. He has performed with Michael Feinstein, The Nelson Riddle Orchestra, and a variety of other headliners. One of his greatest joys is being a member of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra where he plays bass trombone.
JOHNY CARLSSON – Piano - Bandleader, composer, arranger, Johny, born and raised in Sweden, living in Mount Dora, FL, is a retired businessman who turned his passion for jazz into a new career. In 1993 - in New York City - he was “rediscovered” by some Swedish jazz major graduate students from The Manhattan School of Music and The New England Conservatory of Music, respectively. NYC and the young players inspired him to pick up his playing again (after a 25+ years long intermission). He moved with his wife, Raija, to Citrus Hills, FL, in 1996. Johny is very active and sought after both when heading his own trio playing every Friday in the historic Lakeside Inn in Mount Dora, FL, and as a sideman appreciated by fellow musicians and jazz fans all around Central Florida. He has his own trio also in Sweden and performs every summer in Scandinavia at jazz festivals, concerts and recording dates with local “big name” jazz musicians and vocal groups. “The MegaBones” is a lifelong dream of Johny’s. He has composed and arranged all their music.
CHARLIE SILVA - BASS - Charlie grew up in Santa Barbara, CA. He started playing bass in his early teens and attended Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz, CA where he studied with trumpet player Ray Brown. Charlie has worked with celebrities like Rosemary Clooney, George Burns, Rich Little and many more. Among jazz players he has backed up you will find Clark Terry, Mel Lewis, Buddy Tate, Buddy De Franco, Allen and Warren Vaché, Ken Peplowski and numerous others. Charlie is one of the most sought after bass players in Florida. He has played in the Buddy Morrow (Tommy Dorsey) and Woody Herman Orchestras, and locally with Terry Myers Orchestra, Bill and John Allred, Don Scaletta and many others and also on many jazz cruises.
BARRY SMITH - DRUMS - Barry has a Bachelor of Music Degree from North Texas State University. He has performed with such greats as Rosemary Clooney, Woody Herman, Ira Sullivan, Marian McPartland, Buddy DeFranco, Richie Cole, Art Farmer, Buddy Tate, Terri Gibbs, Charlie Byrd, Kenny Drew Jr., Nat Adderly, Carl Fontana, Clark Terry – to name a few - and he has worked under conductors such as Skitch Henderson (the famous Boston Pops conductor) and Robert Coleman (Space Coast Pops Orchestra) and with the Grand Floridian Society Orchestra. Recording work, live television and show gigs are too many to mention. One of his favorite show gigs has been for comedian Don Rickles. Barry has also served as adjunct faculty at several schools including Rollins College and as Professor of Music at Florida State University.