On Sunday, April 12 at 5 p.m. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church will be swaying with the sounds of the Mongillo Brothers Quartet.
Some of the classic tunes they are expected to perform include “Night and Day,” “A Child is Born,” “Foggy Day,” “Autumn Leaves” and “Georgia.”
The Mongillo Brothers have performed together in a multitude of musical settings now spanning four decades.
For many years they toured together playing everything from great musicians/composers such as Ellington and Basie to R & B and contemporary jazz. Although the brothers now live in separate cities, they find opportunities to perform together whenever possible. Their current repertoire includes many of the great jazz standards as well as a variety of other styles.
Anthony began formal piano lessons at 8 years of age and started his professional career at 15. Anthony was selected as winner of the Sarasota Young Artist Concerto Competition in 1979 and was awarded a full scholarship to the University of Miami where he majored in jazz theory and composition. After graduation, Anthony toured with Dennis Yost of the Classics Four and opened for many prominent acts. Anthony relocated to Austin and was keyboardist/composer for the jazz group “Touchstone.”
While in Austin, one of Anthony’s compositions collected first prize in the Austin Songwriters Competition. Anthony also composed soundtracks for film during his years in Chicago. It was in Chicago that Anthony began his training as a perinatal ultrasonographer, which led him back to Sarasota and his work at Sarasota Memorial Hospital since 1994. Anthony continues a busy playing schedule in the area.
Victor Mongillo began his love for playing trumpet at 8 years of age in New Haven, Conn. After graduation from FSU, Victor toured the US with his brothers for three years. For the next 10 years Victor settled in Austin and Chicago, again performing regularly in the jazz fusion group “Touchstone,” as well as keeping a busy freelancing schedule. In 1988 Victor began teaching in the Chicago public schools and has followed that career for 26 years.
Victor has continued a very busy playing schedule since moving back to the Sarasota area 20 years ago and is currently director of bands at Pine View School for the Gifted.
Ed Mongillo is a jazz drummer from Sarasota whose musical passion and talents have led him to numerous accolades and opportunities. Ed has studied with some of the most renowned drummers in the world. His drumming abilities were evident at an early age: by 16 he had joined a big band consisting of former players from the Count Basie and Tommy Dorsey Orchestras and Les Brown’s Band, and at 17 he was selected as the Florida All-State jazz drummer and was invited to play at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland as an opener for Ella Fitzgerald. Ed has since performed throughout the US and Europe, playing with and opening for many artists, including Dennis Yost and the Classics IV, Steppenwolf, Michael McDonald, America, and Bela Fleck. As a studio musician, Ed has recorded with musicians of all styles of music, as well as on movie soundtracks and national commercials. He currently resides in Austin, Texas with his wife and two daughters.
Robert Powers, bass violinist, is a native of the Washington, DC area and a graduate of the University of South Carolina, where he studied euphonium performance. Bob also studied bass trombone performance and musicology at the Catholic University of America. Bob is in demand as a bassist in the Tampa Bay region and performs regularly with Bryan Hughes’ The Rat Pack and with the Helios Jazz Orchestra.