On Tuesday night, April 19, I went to Dink's Restaurant in Palm Springs to see the Ted Herman Orchestra. One of my favorite singers in the Desert, Beverly Jensen had told me that this 14 piece band was producing some great sounds and I wanted to hear the band for myself. As soon as the band started to played it's first song, "All of Me" I knew I was in for a treat. Under Ted Herman's direction, the band played beautifully, swinging this great evergreen firmly but softly.
Ted has two singers with his band. We first heard, Larry Capeloto sing and swing with the band. His style and voice fit perfectly with the band. I only heard two songs from Larry but would like to hear more from him in the near future.
Next we heard from the beautiful Lee Hartley. I had not heard Lee before but she was right at home singing in the middle of the band. She has a strong voice and good range, perfect for singing with a big band. Can't wait to hear more from Lee. I understand that both Larry and Lee are currently working on new CDs. As soon as they released, look for a review on my blog.
I had another surprise at Dink's this evening. I learned that about once per month, Ted invites a local high school jazz band to play for the first hour of his show. This night, the impressive jazz band from Palm Desert High School performed. I have to say they sounded a whole lot better than the Jazz band I played in when I was in high school. It is very satisfying to see these young high school adults playing big band music and playing it well. The director of the band was Guy Lake, and he deserves lots of credit for the job he has done. After they finished, Ted invited two members of the Palm Desert High School Band to sit in with his band, Amelia Sullivan on Trumpet and Bennett Robinson on Alto Sax. What a thrill for these young adults and what a thrill for me watching and listening in the audience!
My thanks to Beverly Jensen and trombone player, John Leys for telling me about this great venue and orchestra.