Jason Castro Performs Tom Petty’s “Learning to Fly” at Joe’s Pub In New York City

I was so impressed with Jason Castro’s cover of Tom Petty”s “Learning To Fly” that I had to  brag about it here on MasterclassLady.Com.  He performed at Joe’s Pub in New York yesterday and, from all accounts, it was a terrific evening of music. Apparently, his manager confirmed that the New York performance was organized on Tuesday, May 11th, leaving them only a dayto prepare.  Nevertheless, the evening was a huge success!

Jason has certainly has evolved into a magnetic performer and an expressively musical vocalist.

Backed by stellar musicians, this song highlights everything we have come to know, love and appreciate about Jason – his passionate artistry, his respect for the music, his even greater respect for his audience and his genuine and sensitive persona.

Why he has never been featured on American Idol remains a ridiculous mystery. Do they want ratings or not? (sigh)

At any rate, enjoy Jason’s entire set of tour songs here and if he comes to a stage near you, run don’t walk to see him live and in color.

Special thanks to ReReader for sending along this video clip!

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Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

11 Responses to “Jason Castro Performs Tom Petty’s “Learning to Fly” at Joe’s Pub In New York City”

  1. Thank you for posting this, Rosanne! I adore Jason Castro! He’s been my favorite Idol contestant post-show. We were lucky enough to see him at a small venue in Seattle and he was everything you said above. His voice just keeps getting better…as does his stage presence. I’m hoping he’ll return as the headliner.


  2. Well you said it all MCL. He is indeed a first class act. We never tire. Thanks for your blog post.


  3. Oh wow this is wonderful. I like Tom Petty’s version. But I do believe I like this Cover better.
    Jason has an amazing amazing voice.


  4. Thank you for posting this clip. I very much enjoyed it. I’m glad to hear that he’s continued to grow and mature as a singer and a performer.


  5. I consider myself to be a HUGE Tom Petty fan. Jason has more than done justice to this brilliant songwriter/performer. Way to go Jason!! I felt like I was relaxing for the first time today listening to this & I started singing along. Love it!


  6. Dear MCL,

    Thank you for posting the video of Mr. Castro – so fine and personable.

    I love it when performers are living up to their potential.

    Watching this made me happy.

    BTW –
    …’enjoy Jason’s entire set of tour songs here ‘ …
    You might wish to know that the link is broken; that is, clicking on ‘here’ displays the following 404: Page Not Found error…


  7. Thanks for the great review, Rosanne. Even though I am Jason’s manager, I can honestly say that he is an amazing performer/vocalist/songwriter and keeps getting better and better. Joe’s Pub was a really fun gig. Please keep up the support and spread the word.

    Diamond Dave


  8. Thank you once again for seeing Jason’s artistry and for sharing with others.


  9. Diamond Dave – you bet I will! Not only is Jason an exciting musical talent, but he is a courteous, thoughtful individual.

    Having met him after his Toronto performance during the American Idol tour, I was so impressed with his relaxed and genuine personality. So refreshing to see and hear.

    Thanks for stopping by. Rosanne/MCL


  10. Thank you MCL for posting. I trully enjoyed his cover of Tom Petty’s song.

    Jason Castro has a unique, relaxed style both artistically and personally. I totally agree – it is refreshing.


  11. OMG! This is so beautiful! Thank you so much for posting and commenting MCL.
    Jason Cason has wings and he is flying!


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