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The Johnny Nocturne Band is a nine-piece swing outfit from the San Francisco Bay area led by Alaska native and tenor saxman John Firmin. A horn-driven group, the Nocturne Band also features smooth singer Brenda Boykin, a jazzy crooner with a deep, full voice. Wild & Cool is sophisticated, swingin' and fun.
These musicians are well-schooled jazzers, and the vibe is right out of the late '40s, early '50s. This group straddles the line between bop, swing and blues, and the hornmen lead the way. Firmin, Marty Wehner (trombone), Bill Ortiz (trumpet) and Rod Sudduth (baritone sax) are all strong improvisers. Favorites include a remake of Big Maybelle's "New Kind of Mambo," the rocking "At My Front Door," the Count Basie-ish "Cha-bootie," and silky covers of Lyle Lovett's "A Pound of Blues" and "After the Lights Go Down Low."
San Francisco seems to be a Mecca for the new swing revival, and The Johnny Nocturne Band is one of that city's finest groups.
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com