Contact: Ginny Shea
Mixed Media Promo
Terry Blaine & Friends
Swing Into Town With
"Swingin' The Benny Goodman Songbook"
Jazz vocalist Terry Blaine
and pianist Mark Shane will be
swingin' into town this week with their new show, "Swingin'
the Benny Goodman Songbook."
This performance will not only showcase the exuberant
efforts of Blaine's richly-rendered jazz vocals, but also
the elegant stride mastery of pianist Mark Shane, Blaine's
longtime jazz compatriot. With acclaimed clarinetist
they will be performing their toe-tapping renditions
of hot swing standards from the Benny Goodman Songbook,
leaving nothing more to be desired than perhaps access to
the dance floor.
Blaine and Shane have worked together countless times over
the years, most recently as a duo on Lonesome Swallow, a
recording that makes a believer of any listener looking for
purity in musical expression. Their repertoire includes
music that harkens back to classic jazz history and the
female vocalists who helped the Goodman band transform the
Here's what the critics are saying about the duo's latest
release, Lonesome Swallow:
Blaine's latest collection, Lonesome Swallow (Jukebox Jazz),
her first with only Shane's honky-tonk exuberance for
accompaniment, is typically vivid. From a starchily prim
"Memories of You," playfully handled with Sunday morning
piety, to the slap-and-tickle purr of "My Handy Man," she
remains a storyteller par excellence. The majesty of
Blaine's voice is, however, most evident when she forgoes
playacting for straightahead romanticism on tender,
reflective readings of "I'm Glad There Is You," and "100
Years From Today."
Christopher Louden, JazzTimes
One of the problems in reviewing an album as thoroughly and
unexpectedly mind-blowing as Lonesome Swallow is that one
hardly knows where to begin when parceling out praise and
approval. Terry Blaine's vocals? Irresistible. Pianist Mark
Shane's accompaniment? Brilliant. Tom Desisto /Julie Last's
recording, editing and mixing? Superlative. Blaine's choice
of material? Impeccable. And that's just for starters.
Blaine is a revelation, a smoky-voiced blues singer in the
tradition of Bessie Smith, Ethel Waters, Alberta Hunter and
other standard-bearers who enriches every lyric by
apprehending, appreciating and amplifying its underlying
purpose. Every song has a story to impart, and we've heard
few more credible and persuasive story-tellers than Blaine.
She's simply a joy to hear.
Jack Bower, All About Jazz