In Memorium

Chuck Cecil, The Swingin Years

I just loved his radio program, and growing up listening to all those wonderful songs, I never in a million years thought I would ever be so privileged to sing for him, but that's just what happened at The Valley Jazz Club in Canoga Park, CA one Sunday afternoon in April. Not that he came to see me, but he was in the audience that day.  If I had known, I probably would't have gotten up on that stage but I did pluck up enough courage to go over and say hello and meet his lovely wife.  He passed away at the end of the month. 


Chuck began his radio broadcast on KFI in 1956, the year I was born, in Los Angeles and by the time it was syndicated and able to be heard in NY, I was just about to graduate High School. 


It was a wonderful program, full of songs and personal stories and interviews, keeping all that wonderful music alive for decades throughout all the changes in musical genres, but mostly I remember his voice. 


He will be greatly missed. 

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Show Time!

It's been my great joy and privilege to sing with these terrific musicians, bands and vocalists.  Here are but a few. 

I've added some of the wonderful musicians I've just met in Florida. They too, have been so gracious and generous in including me in their performances and rehearsals. 

The Musicians

Frank DeVito, Drums

Frank DeVito, Drums

Dan Weinstein, Trumpet

Dan Weinstein, Trumpet

Brooks West, Trombone

Brooks West, Trombone

Larry Guillespie, Trumpet

Larry Guillespie, Trumpet

Bob Crosby, Sax

Bob Crosby, Sax

Rick Hils, Keyboard/Arranger

Rick Hils, Arranger

Rex Merriweather, Trumpet

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Gary Gibbons, Drums

Gary Gibbons, Drums

Ken Bauer, Trombone

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Sam Glenn, Sax

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Chris Tune, Trombone

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Chris Ross, Drums

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Denise Fraser, Drums

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Roman Samokish, Jr., Bass

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Dave Weston, Sax

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Bill Beaudeen, Horn

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Bob Fowler, Drums

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Jerry Ranger, Sax

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Robin Smith, Sax

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Dan Heffernan, Sax

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Woody James, Trumpet

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John Mitchell, Sax

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Kent Ecklund, Sax

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Steve Carr, Sax

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Jeff Takiguchi, Bass

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Dave Leftwich, Bass

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Mary Ann Sereth, Bass

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Dave Moscoe, Keyboards

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Didier Reyes, Trumpet

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Satoshi Kirisawa, Drums

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Bands I Love

The Woody James Band

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Appears at Viva Rancho Cantina

900 W. Riverside Drive

Burbank, CA 91506


Fridays  1-3:30


Featuring Dave Burgess & Lynn Keller, Vocals

Buzz Maddox Octet

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Appearing at Vittorio's Restaurant 

10901 Victory Blvd

North Hollywood, CA 91606


Sunday 6-9:30


Featuring Al Alexio, Vocals

Big Band Swing Express

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Public Rehearsal at The American Legion Hall

9026 Sunland Blvd.

Sun Valley, CA 91352


Monday 7:15 - 9:00


Featuring Pete Chinelli, Vocals

Ken Bauer Jazz Box

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Appears at Vittorio's Restaurant

10901 Victory Blvd.

North Hollywood, CA 91606


Thursday 7-9:00


Featuring Delores Moore, Vocals

Los Angeles Mambo All Star Orchestra

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Rehearses at AFM Local 47


By Invitation Only


Bobby Chavez, Leader


Ken Shroyer Rehearsal Band

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Rehearsals at AFM Local 47


By Invitation Only

Jimmy McConnell Orchestra

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Jazz Holiday Band

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Dixieland & Traditional Jazz

Appears at Joe's Great American Bar & Grill

4311 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank 

Thursday Noon - 1 pm


Steve Johnson Jazz Legacy

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Appears at Viva Rancho Cantina

900 W. Riverside Drive

Burbank, CA

Saturday 1-3 

Johnny Vana's Big Band Alumni

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Appears at Las Hadas Mexican Restaurant

9048 Balboa Ave

Northridge

Tuesday Mornings 10:30

Dance Floor, $10 Donation


Featuring Bonnie Bowden, Bill A. Jones Vocals

Tina Stevens Band

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Appears Wednesday at Canter's Kibitz Room

419 N. Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles

8:00 - 11PM


TinaStevens10@hotmail.com

Ann Louise Christensen & Gino Escarrega

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Appears at Hotel Constance

928 East Colorado Blvd, Pasadena


Sundays, 7pm

Vocalists

Dave Burgess, Gina Cantamesa

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Lynn Keller

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Bill A. Jones

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Gayle LaRonde

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Pete Chinelli

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Frank McCarthy

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Laura Pursell

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Gloria Hendry

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Jennifer Gates

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