The sound of a real big band
I remember my dad always played big band music when I was in the car with him and it used to drive me crazy as a kid! Back then all I wanted to listen to was top 40 music not these old tunes. Of course he would never change the station and would even hum or whistle along with the songs--that drive me nuts! However now looking back I have to admit that thanks to my dad, I first heard songs by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Peggy Lee to name a few. Even though I didn't really want to listen to the songs, I remember the incredible energy behind the big horn arrangements, which is really where my love of horns first began.
There is nothing like singing with a big band. I have had the opportunity to sing with several local Chicago bands including Big Band Boom, Shout Section and even a couple bands that I put together and it truly energizes me and takes my musicianship to a new level. When I am singing and those horn hits come in during an arrangement the energy they create is out of this world! Then add in the solo sections where the horn players can really blow and it really creates a brand new dimension to a tune. Actually now that I wrote this it reminds me how much I really love to play with big bands and I can thank my dad for that! Glad he didn't change the radio station after all.