lovers will recognize nearly all the songs. Do I have a favorite?
Nope, each song stands alone. I'll enjoy each as I play for my
personal enjoyment or on my weekly radio show."
you hear this question, 'Whatever happened to the big bands?'
be sure to reply, 'They are alive and producing great music for
dancing, listening, or just sitting and enjoying.'
Rob Leonard and Blue Moon Big Band remain true to the idea of
the big band sound with swinging arrangements of today, yet bring
back memories of earlier swing music. On the new album, Rob features
several of his long-time members - Chris Poole-bari sax, Scott
Stansfield-trumpet, Marty Knapp-drums, Clem Ehoff-piano, and
Chris Skowronski and Bob Jordon-trombones. Plus, he's added the
new talents of Paul duBois-trumpet, Bernie Robier-trombone, Joe
Sullivan-tenor sax, Eric Wetzel, alto sax and clarinet, and Kevin
The focus of The Polar Bear's Pajamas is songbird,
Teresa Leonard, featured on nine of the fifteen songs. She is
in excellent voice, and gets better with each new album. Her
style is straight ahead singing - we can understand every word
on each of the nine songs she performs. No gimmicks. Check out
Teresa on the Latin number "Sway."
Big bands should have a boy singer, too, and Blue Moon veteran
Mike Hirsh is on two songs made famous by "the chairman
of the board", but Mike does it his way.
You will certainly enjoy the TRI-BONES of Bernie Robier, Chris
Skowronski, and Bob Jordan on their version of "Lassus Trombone."
Music lovers will recognize nearly all the songs. Do I have a
favorite? Nope, each song stands alone. I'll enjoy each as I
play for my personal enjoyment or on my weekly radio show.
For any fan of big band and swing music, The Polar Bear's
Pajamas is a must-have. Do your local radio fans a favor
- get a copy for yourself and one for your local Public Radio
Station. If we want this sort of music to prosper, we've got
to do our part. Tell a friend about The Polar Bear's Pajamas.
- Rich Harrison, 90.3 FM KEDM "Mostly Big Bands"