Just 4 Kicks is an a cappella vocal jazz quartet.\" That\'s kind of like saying the Empire State Building is a skyscraper. Its true, but it doesn\'t begin to describe the experience of hearing this amazing wacky, virtuoso vocal jazz ensemble for the first time.
Four uniquely talented and musically successful vocalists from the West Coast, each with independent careers in the music industry, were thrust together at several Northwest jazz festivals in 1993, and a quartet emerged! Just 4 Kicks\' Kirby Shaw, from Ashland, Oregon, is one of the most well known choral and vocal jazz composer/arrangers of our time. Randy Crenshaw is among the first-call studio singers and arrangers in Los Angeles. Four Freshmen alumnus Kirk Marcy, directs the internationally-acclaimed vocal jazz ensemble Soundsation, at Edmonds Community College, just north of Seattle. Vijay Singh, widely known for his versatility as a composer, arranger, soloist, and director of the vocal jazz program at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington, rounds out the quartet.
Just 4 Kicks began as a diversion from these active careers in a spirit of fun and spontaneous musicality. Now, to their great surprise and delight, this talented group finds themselves in demand at jazz festivals and clinics throughout the United States and Canada.
Now, Kickboyz Records, (our own small, but mighty record label) is releasing Side By Side, our fabulous new double-CD re-release of the first and second Just4Kicks CDs! This newly remastered and repackaged double-whammy still contains the same great, classic J4K tunes and performances. We've added a couple of bonus J4K tracks for your listening pleasure.