Vito Rezza w/ 5 After 4 Celebrating 50 Years of drumming at The Pheonix Toronto Canada
British Blues 1979
A Walk Down Memory Lane
Here I am at the Leah Poslins theatre of Toronto, Canada. This was my only theatre gig in my entire life and even though so many players have made an incredible living from this type of work, my calling was different and so I never fit within those groups of musicians. The play was called, “The Right Step” which starred TV actor Eddie Mecca. This was my 1989. And the year I started my own band “5 after 4”.
The Right Step 1989
Photo Shoot 1988
Gino & Joe Vannelli 1987
Crosby Stills & Nash 1986
Who's The Boss 1985
In 1982 I went to England with saxophonist Michael Stuart and his quintet. We were there a week and played at the Bracknell Jazz Festival opening just before my favorite drummer Elvin Jones. Michael funnily had played with Elvin and his Jazz Machine for 3 years. Elvin was my hero as a child along side Cassius Clay (Mohammed Ali). I was thrilled with seeing him again (first met him when I was 13) and now at 26 I would be playing in front of him. It was scary good!
This picture was taken during sound check in Halifax while on tour with British Blues man Long John Baldry in 1980. Notice my Rogers which I had stripped the oyster black pearl wrap off of. I used Paiste cymbals back then. I came full circle.
This is a picture of the very first Wedding band I was in, called, “I Classici” which translated into “The Classics”. Then we found out about the very successful American band called” The Classics 4”. It didn’t matter. No one was ever going to know us in the USA. This still happened here in Canada funnily enough, after all of these years. The year was 1967.
The Classics 1967
This shot was taken at Maple Leaf Gardens where I had performed with Maestro Nello Segurini from Milan and the CBC orchestra. It was an Italian Variety show in 1966. When I sat behind the guys kit there was no snare drum. I guess he thought I would have brought my own. That was my first real experience improvising with what was given me to use. I went nuts and used the hihat for my backbeats and played as many tom fills as I could. It wasn’t cacophony and ht older musicians seemed to like what I played. I almost crapped in my pants from the fear. Lol!
First Shot 1964
Maple Leaf Gardens 1966
This first shot is from 1964 playing at an Italian wedding. The temperature in the banquet hall was around 95 degrees Fahrenheit. I took off my tux jacket and struggled through the night. I also had a very high fever accompanying the evening. This was the most horrible night of playing in my career. I was 9 years old.