Highlights In Jazz: Back By Popular Request

Jack Kleinsinger's “Highlights in Jazz, ” New York's longest running jazz series, announced their second series concert Thursday, November 10, 2005- “Back By Popular Request”. The featured artists represent the 'personal favorites' selected by Highlights in Jazz subscribers and include Freddy Cole; Ken Peplowski and Marty Grosz; and Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks.

Freddy Cole just might be the most attractively understated jazz singer currently at work. Having long since passed the point of differentiating himself from his brother, Nat, even as vocal similarities between them remain in force, he rarely raises his voice and rarely pushes the beat. Instead, he lays back, gathers the words and music up in his natural warmth and creates the illusion of letting them speak for themselves. As his new recording on the High Note label, This Love Of Mine, demonstrates, Freddy Cole is an artist of impeccable music integrity.

Clarinetist Ken Peplowski has been compared to Benny Goodman-- favorably. The noted New York Times music critic John S. Wilson called him “a clarinetist with a Benny Goodman tone and a Buddy DeFranco style.” It is not surprising, because Peplowski was a member of Goodman's last working orchestra. But truly Peplowski plays the music that he likes, his own way. Ken has recorded and performed with musicians as diverse as Mel Torme, Charlie Byrd, Peggy Lee, George Shearing, Howard Alden, Rosemary Clooney, and Steve Allen.

Jazz rhythm guitarist Marty Grosz is considered by many to be one of the foremost proponents of the chord-styled guitar soloists reminesient of two-guitar team Carl Kress and Dick McDonough of the 1930s. In addition to his guitar dexterity Marty also possesses a wonderful sense of humor (his spontaneous monologs are often hilarious) and singing style in the Fats Waller tradition.'

Vince Giordano, has long been the premier authority on performing 1920s and '30s jazz and popular music. Woody Allen, Madonna, Terry Zweigoff, Garrison Keillor and the New York Philharmonic have all used Giordano and his eleven-piece big band, the Nighthawks, to summon up the days of Busby Berkeley and bathtub gin. Most recently the Nighthawks recorded 22 note-perfect recreations of vintage hits for the soundtrack of The Aviator, Martin Scorsese's Howard Hughes biopic.

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