ART OF SWING
1. We open the "Art of Swing" with a one hundred year old song, "Bill Bailey Won't You Please Come Home", all dressed up in new clothes. Here is a modern swing version of this old song presented by Pam and her Swing Band. Pam's crystal clear and upbeat vocal might even bring Bill Bailey home, although one might wonder if she really seems contrite over throwing him out with a "Fine Tooth Comb."
2. William Hogg, our tenor saxophonist, is featured on this instrumental version of "Misty." A true Jazz performance while retaining the basic melody line of the song.
3. "It Had To Be You" is almost eighty years old. It was a hit in the 1920's and had a great revival in the 1940's. After performing it for ten years in our concert tours, Pam thought it was time to record it with her swing band.
4. Barry Campbell, our music director and veteran of Stan Kenton's Orchestra, offers a fine alto solo presentation of "So Rare", a 1950's hit by Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra.
5. I choose this wonderful blues song, "Basin Street Blues" for our third big band/swing album because it is one of my favorites. Pam's vocal will take you on an exciting tour of Basin Street. Her vocal and the growling trombone solo by Linda Landis are simply outstanding, and I think Pam growls a little bit too.
6. The 1940 hit song, "When You Wish Upon A Star" was originally introduced by Cliff Edwards. Glenn Miller and Horace Heidt both had instrumental versions that made the charts. We combined our flute section and the sensuous quality of Pam Noah's voice to bring you a new interpretation of this famous song.
7. You may not find a faster swing version of "Bugle Call Rag" than the one in this album. It was composed eighty years ago. From the clarion call of the trumpet of Gary Winters, through outstanding solos by Les Whittington (Cl), William Hogg (T/S), Linda Landis (Tb) and a return by Gary Winters (Tp), to the sizzling finale, "Bugle Call Rag" is a real gem. Each time you listen you will discover something new.
8. If you ever had disappointment in love, you might want to renew your quest after you hear Pam's upbeat and delightful version of "Taking A Chance On Love." As an added bonus you'll hear a fine piano solo by Ron Meyer and an inspired guitar solo by Paul Milazzo who was a founder and lead vocalist for the "Avenues."
9. It's not quite as fast as "Bugle Call Rag" but it features solos by five members of Pam Noah's Orchestra and closes with a fabulous extended clarinet solo by Les Whittington.
10. "Stardust" is a legend and the most recorded song of the last century. It often features a vocal, trumpet, trombone, or alto sax solo; rarely has it been recorded as a duet. Here we present a trumpet duet by two of the Tri-State's most powerful musicians, Gary Winters and Scott Belk. You won't tire of listening to this version.
11. As Pam was preparing to record "The Nearness Of You" the sound engineer made a comment that the words and melody of this wonderful song deserved to be caressed. Pam has done just that---she caught the mood perfectly. Barry 's alto sole enhances the vocal and together they create five minutes of nostalgia and pure joy.
12. "You Turned The Tables On Me" is another delightful swing vocal by Pam. Benny Goodman and Helen Ward recorded this song in 1936. In this recreation Pam, with her 17 piece orchestra tells about a young lady who was never satisfied with the gifts from her "beau." But when the gifts stopped coming, she was truly sorry--NOW, anything, even a small gift would be welcome. As you listen to Pam you too will feel the "sting of the bee."
13. Pam's swing band presents a relaxed Dixieland version of "Sugar", featuring Les Whittington on Clarinet and Tenor Sax, and Linda Landis on Trombone. This swinging Dixieland tune is sure to be a favorite of many.
14. "Amazing Grace" has always been my favorite Christian song. When I heard Pam sing this hymn during her Christian Concert Series, accompanied by a piano, I knew we had to record it with the entire 17 piece band. A truly great song, an inspired vocal by Pam, tenor sax support by William Hogg, and that wonderful trumpet solo by Gary Winters makes this song and performance a grand finale. DON LITTMAN, Producer of "Art of Swing."
PAM NOAH LEONARD--A Bio.
A native of Kansas, Pam Noah attended Lewis and Clark Community College in Illinois before beginning her professional singing career at Six Flags in St. Louis. She is the daughter of two musically talented parents who gave her a wonderful understanding of all types of music, bluegrass to big band and swing.
Pam sang with the Terry Thompson Big Band in St. Louis, and then moved to Cincinnati as lead vocalist at King's Island. At the same time she joined the 19 piece Queen City Big Band as lead vocalist. In October, 1991 Pam served as company manager of a troop of entertainers performing for American service personnel in the Mediterranean.
In 1993 Pam and Joe Leonard were married and the family moved to Charlotte, NC where Joe was employed as a designer for Paramount Parks. Pam returned frequently to Cincinnati to continue as leader of her own 9 and 17 piece swing band and orchestra, performing at receptions, concerts, and dances some of which were sponsored by WOBO FM, a public radio station in southwestern Ohio.
The family moved to Kansas City in 1999, and then to Newark, Ohio in June, 2002. Pam has continued to lead her 9 piece swing band and 17 piece orchestra in the Tri-State and has just released her third big band/swing album, "Art Of Swing." Pam and Joe are blessed with four children, Andrew
who was born in 1996, Kathleen, Noah, and Nicole.