Below are some clips of songs that appear on some of our individual artist's recordings. These soundbytes represent styles offerd by the band ranging from Swing and Latin Jazz Standards to Boogie Woogie, and Zydeco.
Dream was recorded in 2006 at Connie and Ted's home in Myersville MD. The song was arranged by Don Lerman, and featured Victor Dvoskin and Steve Rudolph in the band. The song is a Johnny Mercer composition.
John Herndon "Johnny" Mercer is best known as a lyricist, but he also composed music. He recorded his own songs as well as those written by others. From the mid-1930s through the mid-1950s, many of the songs Mercer wrote and performed were among the most popular hits of the time. He wrote the lyrics to more than fifteen hundred songs, received nineteen Academy Award nominations, and won four Academy Awards, and Mercer was a co-founder of Capitol Records.
Connie and Ted recorded this song in 2006 after Hurricane Katrina ravaged her home town of New Orleans. This song is a track off of her CD "Connie Guy", was also arranged by Don Lerman, and also features Victor Dvoskin and Steve Rudolph in the band.
Although the song was perfectly fitted to lament the unspeakable losses after Katrina, It was originally written by Randy Newman, is called "Louisiana 1927" and is actually a story about the hurricane of that same year. Randy often writes lyrics from the perspective of a character far removed from his own experiences. For example, the 1972 song "Sail Away" is written as a slave trader's sales pitch to attract slaves, while the narrator of "Political Science" is a U.S. nationalist who complains of worldwide ingratitude toward America and proposes a brutally ironic final solution. One of his biggest hits, "Short People" was written from the perspective of "a lunatic"who hates short people. Since the 1980s, Newman has worked mostly as a film composer. His film scores include Ragtime, Awakenings, The Natural, Leatherheads, James and the Giant Peach, Meet the Parents, Cold Turkey, Seabiscuit and The Princess and the Frog. He has scored six Disney-Pixar films: Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Cars and most recently Toy Story 3.
Newman has been nominated for twenty Academy Awards, winning twice. He has also won three Emmys, five Grammy Awards, and the Governor's Award from the Recording Academy. Randy Newman was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002. In 2007, and is inducted as a Disney Legend.
Besame Mucho (translated as "Kiss Me Much" ) is a beautiful latin ballad that goes over well for cocktail hour and dinner music sets. It is available on Connie's CD "Connie Guy".
Besame Mucho was written by the mexican pianist songwriter Consuelo Velázquez. Consuelo was was 88 years old when she died in 2004. She was the songwriter and lyricist of many Latin standard songs, such as Amar y vivir, Verdad amarga, Franqueza, Que seas feliz, Cachito, Enamorada and, most notably, the enduring 1940s-era standard Bésame mucho, a romantic ballad which was soon recorded by artists around the globe, making it an international hit.
Velázquez, who is said to have begun playing the piano at the age of four, started her professional career as a classical music concert pianist, performing at Palacio de Bellas Artes and XEQ Radio, but later became a singer and recording artist. According to Velázquez herself, she was strongly influenced by Spanish composer Enrique Granados.
Velázquez also was elected to the Mexican Congress, served as president for SACM (Society of Authors and Composers of Mexico), and was vice-president of CISAC (International Confederation of Authors and Composers Societies).
The Guy Jenkins Band is a classic R&B band serving private party and festival clients in Washington DC, Baltimore, Maryland, and Northern Virginia.
Connie Guy's CD "Connie Guy" can be purchased on CD Baby, ITunes, and Rhapsody, or can be downloaded from her site, www.connieguy.com
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