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A few tastes of SWJ

Second Wind Jazz plays a wide variety of tunes — here are a few to give you a taste of that Big Band Sound. If you're the type who likes a smorgasbord, then the SWJ Big Band Six Minute Sampler is just the ticket for you:

SWJ Big Band Six Minute Sampler - Short takes from many of the tunes listed below. Get a taste of the band and our vocalists in 6 short minutes!

 

Got a little more time to listen? Here are longer cuts of our sample tunes plus a few bonus numbers to keep your toe tapping.

SWJ Big Band
Route 66 - Motor west with us on that great American highway. Oklahoma City still looks mighty pretty! Everybody Loves My Baby - A great tune with a Roaring 20's sound, with vocal by Paula Bender-Baird.
Saturday Night (Is the Loneliest Night) - "Nothing worse", says Doug Castagno, "than missing your sweetheart on a Saturday night." Black Coffee - Cynthia Plank drowns her past regrets in coffee and cigarettes.
Moten Swing - Tasty and swingin', just like Benny Moten wrote it back in Kansas City. Beyond the Sea - Far beyond the stars, near beyond the moon—sheesh Doug, make up your mind!
The Lady Is a Tramp - Paula's not as refined as you might think ... Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me - Did she do him wrong? "Nope, just misunderstood" sings Cynthia .
Mambo Italiano - Hey Cynthia: Don't tarantella, no more mozarella. Do the mambo! I Can't Stop Loving You - The band swings hard on this Ray Charles classic.
Tuxedo Junction - Paula takes us down South to that little town where they dance the night away. Crunchy Frog - Time for a little funk with this Gordon Goodwin tune.

 

Want a taste of our smaller group? Here are a few samples from the Septet (recorded live, so please overlook the background hum).

SWJ Septet
I Remember You - Nice easy swing! Isn't It Romantic - A little bossa nova, perfect for you and that special someone
Michelle - A bossa nova version of a Beatles favorite Til There Was You - Gorgeous ballad from The Music Man
Another Three Putt?! - The title is crazy but the tune is hot! It Don't Mean a Thing - And believe me, this ones got that swing!
Sweet Georgia Brown - Uptempo fun!  

 

A Sample of the Charts in our current book:

Classic Swing & Foxtrots

Pennsylvania 6-5000 Jersey Bounce Corner Pocket
A String of Pearls In the Mood Route 66
Flight of the Foo Birds Satin Doll Moten Swing
One O'Clock Jump 9:20 Special April in Paris
     

Modern Swing & Other Charts

Zoot Suit Riot (Cherry Poppin' Daddies) Udder Nonsense On the Street Where You Live ( Kenton)
Big Swing Face (Buddy Rich) Wack Wack (Buddy Rich) Boogie Bumper (Big Bad Voodoo Daddy)
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy (Buddy Rich) Cold Duck Time  
     

Great American Songbook

Bye Bye Blackbird I'm Beginning to See the Light Tangerine
Tuxedo Junction Saturday Night (Is the Loneliest) The Lady Is a Tramp
Nice Work if You Can Get It 'SWonderful A Foggy Day
I've Got You Under My Skin Love Is Here to Stay It's Only a Paper Moon
Beyond the Sea Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me Goody Goody
Let's Fall in Love Skylark Summer Wind
     

Latin

Cherry Pink and Appleblossom White The Peanut Vendor Mambo Italiano
El Cumbanchero La Cumparsita Patricia
Amado Mio Desafinado Jealousy
     

Ballads and Waltzes

Black Coffee Summertime Moonlight Serenade
Tennessee Waltz Teach Me Tonight When I Fall in Love
At Last Fascination Moon River