Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Recalling Jerry Collins 60 Years of Musk and Memories

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Recalling Jerry Collins 60 Years of Musk and Memories

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Brad Walker Orchestra (with Valerie Duke)

Recalling Jerry Collins 60 Years of Music and Memories

(Private Label)

Brad Walker (ldr, tb, vcl) leading a 14-piece band with Valerie Duke (vcl), Knoxville TN, November 18, 2011

Let's Dance/I Can't Give You Anything But Love/As Time Goes By/Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me v-VD/Choo Choo Cha' Boogie/Tea For Two Cha Cha/John Silver/You Made Me Love You/New York, New York, Tommy Dorsey's Boogie Woogie/Misty v-VD/Sing, Sing, Sing/I Had The Craziest Dream/720 In The Books v-VD/It's Been A Long Time v-VD/In The Mood/ String Of Pearls/When The Saints Go Marching In-Rocky Top Medley/Satin Doll/Night Train/Just In Time v-BW/The Girl From Ipanema v-VD/When I Fall In Love v-VD TT: 64:30

Normally, we wouldn't be reviewing a privately issued CD by a regional dance band with minimal jazz content in these pages, but there are two reasons for an exception: the leader and the singer. Brad Walker, at age 25, an enthusiast of the Swing Era, and with experience in both the 'ghost' Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller bands, is doing his best to keep the style alive and relevant with his Knoxville based orchestra. This CD, recorded live at the Cherokee Country Club, is a tribute to Jerry Collins who led the house band there for some 48 years (!) before retiring in 1997. Three musicians from that band perform on this recording.

Brad handles some of the arrangements, but also relies on some from the Miller and Dorsey libraries as can be seen from some of the tune selections. …

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