Tony Aiardo dazzled his audience as a soloist Friday, Sept. 24th, at the Milford Fine Arts Performance Coffeehouse in Milford, Connecticut. A composer, pianist and vocalist, Tony is a veteran performer whether as a soloist, combo or in a nine-piece band in for Foxwood’s Resort, Mohegan Sun or alongside Wynton Marsalis at Yale University.
Tony pulls his experiences from his love of jazz classics, pop and ballads—a mix of genres to create his own style, sometimes sounding like the phrasing of Michael McDonald, sometimes the timbre of James Taylor, sometimes the sensual Barry White, sometimes the richness of Luther Vandross, sometimes the elegance of Lou Rauls and sometimes the improvisations of Ray Charles. But he’s always uniquely Tony.
On Friday, Tony performed a mix of original tunes including “Stay With Me Tonight” and “You Were Only Foolin.’” He instantly connected with the audience both musically and personally. Energy vibrated through the room, feeling like trains going by!
An impromptu surprise, half way through the evening’s performance and introduced from the audience, was long time friend and jazz legend, Maydie Myles. With her roots in gospel, Billboard compared her talent to Aretha Franklin with Quincy Jones. She performed alongside Tony, delivering crowd favorites like “Get There If You Can” by Oleta Adams and Etta’s James’ “At Last.”
It was a night for all to remember!