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Strike Up the (Unsung) Bands

Read "Strike Up  the (Unsung) Bands" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The big band era is known for producing a number of enormously successful ensembles whose leaders were household names: Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Jimmie Lunceford, Fletcher Henderson, then on through Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, the brothers Jimmy Dorsey and Tommy Dorsey, Charlie Barnet, Artie Shaw, Harry James, Cab Calloway, Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie and, ...


Dewey Erney with the Tom Kubis Orchestra: Lucky To Be Me!

Read "Lucky To Be Me!" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Lucky To Be Me!, a collaboration of song and swing, is a throwback to an earlier era that embraced the romantic and gentler side of jazz. Vocalist Dewey Erney has often been compared Tony Bennet and Frank Sinatra, but his voice is actually most similar to that of the late Mel Torme. While he has twelve ...