Saturday, March 17, 2012

The Ted Herman Orchestra Featuring Lee Hartley

The Ted Herman Orchestra
Orchestra Leader Ted Herman
Lee Hartley
Lee Hartley

Eric Lindstrom
Vito Pizzo
On March 10, 2012 I traveled back to the Indio Performing Arts Center to hear the Ted Herman Orchestra and the night's featured singer Lee Hartley. I hadn't not heard Lee sing since last year and was looking forward to her performance.

The night began at 6:15 pm with Carl Davis, the resident dance instructor, teaching the group how to do the "West Coast Swing". As I noted in my last blog about the IPAC, they always have ballroom dance lessons before the band comes on at 7:00 pm. Lots of fun and at no cost!

The Orchestra started playing at 7:00 pm and the majority of the audience in attendance started dancing. The band was swinging and playing some of the greatest songs in the "Great American Songbook" to the delight of the dancing audience.  After a few songs, Lee took center stage and sang a great arrangement of the Irving Berlin gem, "Cheek To Cheek" from the 1935 Movie "Top Hat".  Lee followed this great song with her version of "Besame Mucho" that received well deserved applause from the audience.  All in all, Lee sang 9 songs including one of my favorites, an original song that Lee wrote "Swinging King Cole".  I thought her closing song was a real showstopper, the classic Fats Waller chestnut, "Honeysuckle Rose".  Lee has a wonderful voice and singing style, and we all need to hear more from her in the near future!  Lee will be doing an encore performance of the sold-out tribute to Dusty Springfield that she recently did at Trinidad during Modernism Week. It will be at Woody's on Sunday March 18, at 5:00 p.m. You will have to get a reservation because this show will be sold-out also! 

The Orchestra sounded great again tonight and if there is any better sound than hearing a great singer singing classic American songs backed by a talented 17 piece orchestra, I am yet to hear it!

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