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Wednesday, March 19, 2008 09:33 am

Trina M sings with Frank T

Popular Springfield chanteuse makes rare appearance with beloved jazzmeister

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Frank Trompeter is joined by singer Trina Madonia at Marly’s this Friday from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

What makes a good local live-music scene? To me it’s the combination of performers and audience. You can’t have one without the other.
The other thing that makes a scene is commitment. An artist must commit to being the best he or she can be. An audience must commit to showing up and supporting artists who do good work. Another ingredient here, you could say, is having a place for the interaction between audience and artist, but great venues aren’t essential to a thriving music scene.
It’s wonderful to see artists and audiences staying connected, working through the mechanics of living a life while keeping in touch with the artistic sense of self. We need that in our lives: Art is the best of what makes us human. It is what allows us to reach beyond ourselves to imagination, to creation, to places we haven’t been. That leads us directly to the accomplishments of Frank Trompeter, one of many area artists making the local scene happen. The saxophonist, a veteran of several local bands, gigs around town on a regular basis, takes part in the realistic artistic process, doing whatever it takes to keep his musical muse moving. Most recently he’s formed the New Frank Trompeter Quartet (not to be confused with the Frank Trompeter Quartet, mind you) to “do some genre-bending,” fulfilling a “desire to crossbreed classic jazz tunes with contemporary styles such as funk, reggae, and hip-hop.”
A few months back, Trompeter booked his new group a running 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday gig at Marly’s Pub, and they continue to throw down the tunes every week. Recently he decided to host a special guest once a month to break things up and, you know, add a little spice to the relationship. You may remember his first guest, Trina Madonia — along with Trompeter she fronted Elevator Shoe, a popular local funk/rock/dance group.
The sultry-voiced singer married a few years back and is now the proud mother of a 1-year-old girl. The duties of marriage and motherhood can weigh heavily on the rock & roll lifestyle, and Madonia gladly put aside her career in music for one in parenting. Nevertheless her commitment to art can now poke its little head out to say hello, and Madonia (a.k.a. Mrs. Stremstrefer or Mommy) will be at Marly’s on March 21.
It’s a good bet that the music at Marly’s will be excellent, the singing will be delightful, and the art that is necessary for the good of humankind will be wafting through the air.
And you can drink and dance if you’ve a mind to.
Contact Tom Irwin at tirwin@illinoistimes.com.
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