Swing! is a celebration of the music and dance phenomenon that swept the nation in the '30s and '40s and has returned to become one of the hottest musical trends at the start of the new century. From the producers of Smokey Joe's Café, this all-singing, all-dancing evening dedicated to Swing stars virtuoso dancers, a hot contemporary band and jazz/cabaret great Ann Hampton Callaway.
The show features over 30 tour-de-force dance numbers that put audiences "in the mood" -- some comic, some romantic, some nostalgic, some sexy, and all swingin'! The music features some of the biggest hits of the original Swing era, plus several tremendous new compositions by some of the show's performers.
The original cast recording features jazz vocalist Ann Hampton Callaway, composer and singer of TV's "The Nanny" theme, who has also written songs for Barbra Streisand and has recorded with Kenny Barron, Wynton Marsalis, Cyrus Chestnut, and Christian McBride.
Other featured cast members are Everett Bradley (Stomp! and Quincy Jones' Jook Joint) and Laura Benanti (The Sound of Music Broadway revival). Director and choreographer Lynne Taylor-Corbett also choreographed Titanic and Chess, as well as the films Footloose and My Blue Heaven. The stage band for Swing! is The Gotham City Gates, a new swing band made up of former members of the Blues Jumpers, Illinois Jacquet and the Lionel Hampton band.
All Music Guide
The "swing" revival in popular music in the late '90s was tailor-made for Broadway revivalists, always looking for a way to put dance onstage, so it's no surprise that somebody (actually, a large group of people, by the list of producers) put a musical revue called Swing! on in the fall of 1999. But like the "swing" revival it references, Swing! contains a lot of music that would not have been called swing during the Swing Era. The music neo-swing bands play usually sounds like what was called jump blues in the late '40s and early '50s, rather than the swing of the '30s and early '40s, and the same is true of much of the music here. When swing classics are selected, they are usually barnburners like "Sing, Sing, Sing" and "In the Mood." The show also features ballads that were popular during the Swing Era, such as "I'll Be Seeing You" and "Blues in the Night," as showcases for singer Ann Hampton Callaway, who is one of the best things about the production, but then Laura Benanti comes on singing "Cry Me a River," a song from 1955 that has nothing to do with anyone's definition of swing. The nine-piece Gotham City Gates, acting as orchestra and getting a few instrumental numbers of their own, feature enough electric guitar playing to be more reminiscent of Brian Setzer than Benny Goodman. Okay, so Swing! isn't exactly authentic, but it is lively, and the performances are often winning. The show is designed to show off the kind of flamboyant Lindy Hop dancing that has become popular all over again in recent years. On disc, that element is missing, but the mixture of music and the work of the singers is often very effective. Callaway is outstanding, as always, and Benanti and Everett Bradley also shine on occasion. Swing! may not be the show, or the CD, for anyone who actually remembers or is familiar with real swing music, but as an update meant to stir the dancing feet of the neo-swing generation, it's an enjoyable effort. William Ruhlmann
It's Fantastic All the Way Through
Lots of old classic tunes with a brand new spin. From beginning to end, this album is jampacked with lots of swinging showtunes. My favorites are All of Me, sung a a duet, and the medley of In the Mood & Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree. A great CD!!
|CASEY MACGILL AND THE BAND|
CASEY MACGILL, Vocalist
BASS & THE GOTHAM CITY GATES
THE GOTHAM CITY GATES
SCOTT NEUMAN, Drums
SCOTT NEUMAN, Percussion
MATT LONG, Woodwinds
STEVE ARMOUR, Trombone
CASEY MACGILL, Vocal
CASEY MACGILL, Ukelele
WALTER BISHOP, Vocal
LEWIS RAYMOND, Vocal
CLARENCE WILLIAMS, Vocal
ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY, Vocal
STEVEN EPSTEIN, Producer
JONATHAN SMITH, Conductor
JONATHAN SMITH, Keyboard
JONATHAN SMITH, Piano
EVERETT BRADLEY, Vocalist
EVERETT BRADLEY, Vocal
CAITLIN CARTER, Vocalist|
GERALYN DEL CORSO, Vocalist
EDGAR GODINEAUX, Vocalist
KEITH LAMELLE THOMAS, Vocalist
MICHAEL GRUBER, Vocalist
MICHAEL GRUBER, Vocal
DOUGLAS OBERHAMER, Trumpet
DAN HOVEY, Guitars
CONRAD KORSCH, Vocalist
CONRAD KORSCH, Bass
MATT HONG, Alto Saxophone
LANCE BRYANT, Tenor Saxophone
LANCE BRYANT, Woodwinds
STEVE ARMOUR, Vocalist
STEVE ARMOUR, Trombone
CASEY MACGILL & THE GOTHAM CITY GATES
ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY, Vocalist
ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY, Vocal
LAURA BENANTI, Vocalist
LAURA BENANTI, Vocal
SOLO and DUET CD'S|
"At Last", Telarc
"Blues In the Night", Telarc
"Who Can See The Blue The Same Again?", Dismakers Single CD
"Slow", Shanachie Records
"After Ours", Denon Records
"Ann Hampton Callaway", DRG Records
"Bring Back Romance", DRG Records
"Easy Living", Shanachie Records
"Sibling Revelry" with Liz Callaway, DRG Records
"Signature", Shanachie Records
"This Christmas", After 9 Records/Angel Records
"To Ella With Love", Shanachie Records
GUEST APPEARANCE CD'S|
"Last Holiday", Music from the motion picture, Sall Entertainment Group
"In Good Company", LML Music
"Ladies Sing For Lovers", MCG Jazz
"Fine and Dandy", PS Classics
"2 Hands 10 Voices", Broadway Cares, Equity Fights AIDS
"Toy", Big Black Booty Records
"Good Morning Heartache", Shout Factory
"A Cabaret Christmas", DRG Records
"Anywhere I Wander- Liz Callaway Sings Frank Leosser", Varese Saraband
"Broadway's Greatest Gifts 1999- Carols For A Cure" Rock-It Science Records
"Cincinnati Men's Chorus", Sound Foundry Productions
"Far From the Madding Crowd/The Awakening", Original Cast Records
"Grateful- The Songs of John Bucchino", RCA Victor
"Great Cabaret Performances", DRG Records
"Holiday Pops- Peter Nero & the Philly Pops", Encore Series
"Home For the Holidays", Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids
"Jay Leonhart With His Friends", DRG Records
"Let Us Be United", SYDA Foundation
"Love Come Down, A Musical by Douglas Day", Day Records
"Sing Out!", Digital On Location
"Songbirds Special", Blue Flame Jazz
"Songbirds", Blue Flame Jazz
"Swing!- Original Cast Album", Sony Music
"Television's Greatest Hits, Volume 7", TVT Records
"The Best of In Celebration of Life 1-5", Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids
"The Seattle Men's Chorus", Emerald City Arts
"The Story Goes On- Liz Callaway On & Off Broadway", Varese Saraband
"Too Dead To Swing", Books On Tape
GUEST APPEARANCES ON BEN BAGLEY CD'S PAINTED SMILES RECORDS|
"Alan Jay Lerner Revisited"
"Cole Porter Revisited Vol. IV"
"Cole Porter Revisited Vol. V"
"Cole Porter Revisited"
"DeSylva, Brown & Henderson Revisited Vol. II"
"DeSylva, Brown & Henderson Revisited"
"Hold On To Your Hats"
"Tallulah- Original Cast Album"
"Irving Berlin Revisited"
"Jerome Kern Revisited Vol. III"
"Noel Coward Revisited"
"Rodgers and Hart Revisited Vol. II"
"Rodgers and Hart Revisited Vol. V"
"Rodgers and Hart Revisited"
"Vernon Duke Revisited Vol. III"
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