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Michael Smolens New American Songbook Project
Open Embrace House
Cupertino, CA
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This group features daring arrangements and re-constructions of jazz, pop, and folks standards made famous by vocalists such as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Graham Nash, Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, and Cat Stevens. They have two great female vocalists who will each sing particular songs solo with the band, as well as singing some songs together in brand new arrangements inspired by the iconic Betty Carter/ Carmen McRae live 1987 recording.  The group has performed at public concerts, house concerts, and lecture/demonstrations for over a decade and has appeared at Cafe Pink House, Piedmont Piano and Hillside Club Concert Series and sponsored by Jazz In The Neighborhood.
  Michael Smolens     piano/keyboard, arrangements
  Angie Doctor        voice
  Becca Burrington    voice/trombone
  Sheldon Brown       tenor, alto, soprano sax
  Fred Randolph        acoustic/electric basses
  Brian Andres           drum set
"Last week we were treated to a concert from "The New American Songbook Project" by a group of supremely talented musicians.  Our audience appreciated the innovative arrangements and the stellar vocals, and we look forward to their next engagement at our concert series."
Norman Landsberg (Piedmont Piano Concert Series presenter/arranger/recording artist)

"The arrangements show an astonishing (and consistently high) level of creativity that flow from Michael, who is also a magician at the piano. I was in awe of the musicianship on display from each member of the group, and of the many ways they weave their contributions together to create a mesmerizing sound."
Barry Warren (legendary jazz lyricist)

"What a great band. Burning solos and killer vocals!"
Mario Guarneri (Jazz In The Neighborhood founder & artistic director)

Band Audio Samples:

It Might As Well Be Spring



Blue Skies

Angel Eyes
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Open Embrace House (View)
20368 Clay St
Cupertino, CA 95014-4403
United States


Music > Jazz

Minimum Age: 12
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!


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