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Today Tuesday June 18

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Lickety Split - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 813983 (info). 8:00pm. £5.00. (inc raffle). Line-up inc special guest Don Fairley (trombone).

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

CD Review: Solitary Moon - Ginger Berglund & Scott Whitfield Sing the Johnny Mandel Songbook

(Review by Lance.).
Remember Jackie & Roy - Jackie Cain & Roy Kral - who provided the bop vocals in Charlie Ventura's Bop For The People band and who, later on, recorded many albums under their own name? Of course you do and so do I. They were a class act.
Well, in the form of Ginger Berglund and Scott Whitfield, they ride again and in good company (see list of featured soloists below). Add the music of Johnny Mandel, lyrics by such as Dave Frishberg and Alan and Marilyn Bergman and arrangements by Whitfield, who also cooks up some tasty trombone solos, and you have the recipe for a very satisfying album. 
An album of great songs that haven't been done to death - in fact many of them I was hearing for the first time. Admittedly The Shadow of Your Smile doesn't come into the first timers' list except maybe it does as I can't previously recall hearing the verse. 
Solitary Moon will be on the car stereo tomorrow so be warned. If you see a black Chevrolet being driven erratically it will be because I'm tapping my feet on the pedals in time to the music.
Solitary Moon - Ginger Berglund & Scott Whitfield Sing the Johnny Mandel Songbook is available now on Bi-Coastal Music.
Check out sound samples here.
Lance.
Ginger Berglund (voice), Scott Whitfield (voice/tmb/arr); Featuring Steve Huffsteter (tpt);, Pete Christlieb (ten); Airto Moreira (perc); Roger Neumann (ten/bar/bs clt); Corey Allen (pno);  Don Shelton, Ken Peplowski (clts); Jennifer Leitham (bs); Jack Petersen (dms); Carl Saunders (tpt); Kendall Kay (dms); Anne King (tpt); Rusty Higgins (alt/fl), The Modernaires, and LAVA (vcls).

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