Jan Cleveland: Actor, vocalist and musician, Jan has been on stage since the age of four. She has performed in films, (including the Sundance Film Festival's 1995 award winner Mrs. Cohen's Life), regional theatres, and nightclubs throughout the United States, capping four successful years on east coast stages with the lead role in the New York hit musical I Still Believe in Love. Jazz has always been Jan's first passion and she has returned to it in Denver singing with Eric Gunnison, Dana Marsh, John Pike, Les James, Paul Warburton, Rich Lamb, Rich Chiaraluce, and the absolutely fabulous quartet that made the recording - Love You Madly - possible.
Doug Roche, Piano: Displaying amazing talent since the age of 10, Doug studied with Bobby Timmons and Herbie Hancock in high school, majored in jazz studies at North Texas State and the joined the Navy Show Band (1971-75). International tours followed with The Lettermen (78-81) and Kenny Rankin (86-88) along with other luminaries including The Mills Brothers, The Modernairs, Lanie Kazan, Carol Lawrence, Johnny Ottis, Red Skelton, Buddy Defranco, Eddie Harris, Richie Cole, and Bobby Shew to name a few. The Digital/MIDI equipped Studio by the Lake is Doug's baby in Denver.
Don Grove, Percussion: The rhythmic heartbeat of the group, Don is a Denver native who took a tour of the west coast in the early 70's long enough to record with The Doobie Brothers (1970-71) and Six Penny Opera (1972-73). He wrote the musical score for the 1971 Cannes Film Festival winner Let There Be Rain and has joined Herb Alpert, Clark Terry, Carl Fontana, Spike Robinson, Richie Cole, Rob Mullins, and Vic Cionetti, in jammin' jazz.
Ron Bland, Bass: One of Denver's busiest musicians, Ron works all over the city and the country playing all styles of music in every setting. He appears with the Colorado Symphony and the Denver Opera Company; his national touring company shows include Blood Brothers, Grease and Big, and he has backed Pavarotti, Rita Moreno, Marvin Hamlish, Linda Ronstadt, Maureen McGovern, Rosemary Clooney and Billy Crystal. Among the many jazz greats he has joined are Dizzy Gillespie, George Benson, Eddie Daniels, Billy Taylor, Diane Schuur and Doc Severinson.
Charlie Zanichelli, Tenor Saxophone: "Charlie Z", a classically trained clarinet player, joined Air Force Band (1967-71) where he picked up a saxophone for the first time and hasn't put it down since. As a producer, "Z" and his company Zanichelli Productions has brought some of the finest internationally known jazz talent to Denver (1982-89), including Buddy Rich, Ray Brown, Phil Woods, Gene Harris, and Stanley Turrentine. As a performer, Charlie has worked with Doc Severinson, Roseanna Vitro, Richie Cole, Dick Hindman, and many others.
Because we're all purists and like the instantaneous creation of jazz in a live setting, we decided early on to record that way - no sound booths, no opportuntity to correct a bad note later, no more than two takes. Geez that's tough, but it led to real magic on the spot. Beginning with Doug's incredible arrangements, listen for his hearbreakingly beautiful piano solo in Never Let Me Go, Charlie's soaring sax improvisaton in The Island, Ron's bluesy bass gettin' down in I've Gotta Right to Sing the Blues, and Don who simply dropped his sticks on Moon and Sand and worked his entire trap set with his hands. As for this singer, it was the most fun I've ever had standing up. Sit back with someone you love and enjoy!!! JC