Evelyn, or Evie as she’s known in the music profession, started singing at the age of 4 and entertained all around southwestern Pennsylvania with her brother and sister, billed as the Ross Trio. At the age of 11, the family moved to Detroit where she finished growing up, majoring in music and performing in the Detroit area with various big bands and at local clubs. Right after she got married, she and her husband, Ray, moved to The San Fernando Valley, CA where her career slowed down quite a bit while raising 3 children, but once they were in school full time, she started to branch out again, appearing in musical comedies with the Burbank Civic Light Opera and various community theater groups. She also worked at several well known local clubs such as Monteleone’s, Skoby’s Country Inn, etc., with her cabaret act. In 1993, she organized her own jazz band called “Evelyn Fiorani And All That Jazz” and has been performing every Saturday night from 9pm to 1am at Casey’s Tavern in Canoga Park, CA for the past 15 years and also entertaining at various jazz clubs and private parties in the Los Angeles area. Evelyn is also the feaured vocalist with the Coyote Hills Jazz Band performing at various jazz festivals such as the one in San Diego during Thanksgiving weekend and the Palm Springs Jazz Festival occurring every March. Her band members are some of the top notch, well known musicians of the big band era including the late Mickey McMahan, renowned trumpet player, who passed away recently, who toured with Bob Hope in the Les Brown Band and was also a member of the Lawrence Welk Band for 18 years and played for just about any famous singer you can name. His position is being filled by another well known musician, trumpeter Jack Feierman, who, among other things, was Steve Lawrence and Edied Gorme’s musical conductor for 25 years. Another prominent musician in her band is John Bambridge, reed man, who played in the Doc Severenson band on the Johnny Carson show for 25 years. Her piano player, who also plays trombone, is Lloyd Hebert who taught jazz piano at USC for 15 years. Jim Bates is her bass player who played with the Page Cavanaugh Trio plus several other well known bands,. On drums is Don Hooker, who once played for Tommy Dorsey plus others and is currently very busy playing with several other groups in the L.A area. Jerry Case is a wonderful guitarist with many years of experience who once played with the Bob Wills Texas Swing Band.
Well, I got so carried away with descriptions of the band members that I forgot to describe the music on this cd.. It contains most of Evelyn’s favorite songs and the background music was done by several different sources but none by her band. Quite a few of them were done by wonderful pianist, Chris Hardin, and a couple, including “I Can’t Write That Kind Of Song”, which Evelyn wrote, and “I Believe The Lies Of Handsome Men”, were played by Evelyn. “Please Don’t Hurt Me Anymore” was written by her friend Buddy Worth, a well known piano player in the L.A. area. The first song on the CD, “All That Jazz”, is from the show, “Chicago”, and is the signature song of her band.
Evelyn hopes you’ll like these songs and will soon be adding another CD comprised of songs done with her band.