Swing, Swing...Art Lillard the drummer is a lot like Art Lillard the person: thoughtful, intelligent and a great listener. Gravity will keep your feet on the ground but this date with the Heavenly Big Band will surely make your spirit soar.
Among the current wave of big bands on the scene today, Art Lillard’s Heavenly Big Band is one of only a handful playing brand new music that’s just as tuneful and fun to dance to as the music we now know as big-band standards, and just as exciting as those songs were when they first became hits in the ’30’s and ’40’s.
The Heavenly Band has been delighting local audiences with its uplifting and danceable sounds since 1987. Led by drummer-composer Art Lillard, the band performs an extensive repertoire of original songs varying in style from swing to samba to jazz ballad to bossa nova. The band also plays fresh, new arrangements of some of the old jazz and swing standards.
The ensemble, ranging from 13 to 16 players, features flutes along with the more traditional saxophones and brass. This mix gives the band its unique, rich, bright signature sound.
Each arrangement showcases the inspirational soloing abilities of some of New York’s finest jazz instrumentalists. Many numbers feature lyrics and display the special talents of top vocal artists.
TRACK LISTING: Evidence/ Just You, Just Me (Monk/Greer);
Carolina Shout (Johnson);
Happy Blues (Lillard/Leder);
Just Friends (Klenner/Lewis);
You Bluesed Me (Lillard/Leder);
Swing Trane (McCarron);
Girl from Ipanema (Jobim);
God Bless the Child (Holiday/Herzog);
Eleanor’s Place (Lillard/McCarron);
Let’s Get Lost (McHugh/Loesser);
Softly as in a Morning Sunrise (Romberg);
Boogie Woogie Stomp (Ammons);
Pennies from Heaven (Burke/Johnston)
Featured Artists: Flute, Jan Leder; Flute, Carol Sudhalter; Soprano Saxophone, Chris Bacas; Alto Saxophone, Gerald M. Thomas; Tenor Saxophone, Jim Clouse; Tenor Saxophone, Michael Hashim (solos); Trumpet, Barry Bryson; Trumpet, Mark McGowan; Bass Trombone, Jack Jeffers; Trombone, Stafford Hunter; Piano, Ted Kooshian; Bass, Ralph Hamperian; Drums, Art Lillard; Guitar, Nick Russo; Guitar, William Ash (solos); Percussion, Nano Valerio; Percussion, Todd Isler; Vocals, Andrea Wolper; Vocals, Mary Foster Conklin; Vocals, Pete McGuinness; Vocals Hilary Gardner; Vocals Dominique Eade