The all female big band, the Diva Jazz Orchestra, welcomes guest soloists Ken Peplowski, Claudio Roditi, and Jay Ashby to the new CD, Diva + the Boys, with tunes from the likes of Benny Goodman, Jobim, and Roditi.
Jefferson County, Kansas' Rick Faris has garnered acclaim for his guitar and vocal work the past decade with the award winning bluegrass band, Special Consensus. On his debut album, Rick shows off his guitar, vocal, and songwriting skills on a set of original songs, including If The Kansas River Can.
British conducter/arranger. Wally Stott, who later became Angela Morley, was one of the great unsung heroes of British popular music. During its 1950s heyday, he established himself as one of the leading composers of light orchestral music while becoming resident musical director at the new Philips label. Along the way, he wrote the themes for the Tony Hancock television programs and was also musical director for the Goons.
Listen to any popular British recording of the late 1950s and ’60s and the chances are you will be listening to the voices of The Mike Sammes Singers. This two-disc anthology comprises four long out of print albums; The first two historic Mike Sammes Singers long-players, The Melody Moves (1959) and Let’s Get Away from It All (1962), complimented by the Singers’ exciting collaborations with the skilled arranger, conductor, composer Johnny Gregory, Channel West (TV Western Themes) and The Avengers and Other TV Themes.
Get ready for a night of teenage rebellion at Liberty Hall on Friday, January 10, 7 p.m., with a back-to-back double feature of classic films. Cinema a Go-Go will feature High School Confidential (1958) and Date Bait (1960).