Janet Klein & Her Parlor Boys Present
“Ready For You”
6th CD by Janet Klein
Ready For You opens with a bang-up bunch of swingy dance numbers by a spirited singer and band that has put a spit shine and polish on its ensemble musicianship. These wonderfully robust tunes will set you jazzing for romance and hurly-burly speakeasy steppin’ out. Starting with the title track (“I’m Getting Myself Ready For You” a rare Cole Porter song originally recorded by Blanche Calloway - Cab’s sister), you’ll be rocking to the rafters and then Bear Hugging your baby.
From there, the tunes roll into new stylistic water with steamy Riverboat shuffles and a hot southern style repertoire specifically designed for and being performed in intimate historic settings in the US. New to the mix, this break out trio featuring Janet Klein and her first Parlor Boy - John Reynolds who’s known for his expert whistling and hotter-than-hell guitar and banjo playing. John provided accompaniment on her 1st CD “Come Into My Parlor” and is joined with maestro violinist Benny Brydern (Hot Club Quartet) a Parlor Boy regular. This little threesome performs with tremendous drive and disarming simplicity.
Along with the swinging & swaying there’s dreamy romance tunes delivered with great arrangements and timeless lyrics by the sweet and vivacious Ms. Klein. The CD has plenty of variety with obscure movie tunes, a load of sassy Dixie mania, novelties and jazz age tales of bad behavior all mixed with a yummy plate of down home fun.
Three songs feature Janet singing duets and harmonies with Parlor Fellows- John Reynolds (grandson of 20’s 30’s movie star Zazu Pitts), Ian Whitcomb (music historian and 60’s pop star) and David Barlia (fellow ukulelian and eefing crooner). The CD is produced by Robert Loveless (of Scenic, 17 Pygmies & Savage Republic) Also featured is Tom Marion member of Robert Crumb’s Cheap Suit Serenaders and Brad Kay, former member of The Original Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo.
This is the 6th CD from the enchanting Ms Klein and her highly acclaimed, girdle-bustin’ bunch of West Coast Jazz Archeologists whose previous CDs include:
1998 Come In To my Parlor 2002 Put A Flavor To Love 2006 Oh!
2000 Paradise Wobble 2004 Living In Sin
Please visit Janet’s lovely vintage style web site at; www.janetklein.com
Label Contact Info: Coeur De Jeanette Productions
PO BOX 172 ALHAMBRA, CA. 91802
Janet's own unique vocal style reflects the old-fashioned sweetness and charm of bygone singers like Ruth Etting, Josephine Baker, Lil Armstrong and Mae West.
Among the Parlor Boys is an alumni of R.Crumb's band "The Cheap Suit Serenaders", Tom Marion, on guitar, mandolin and banjo as well as recording and radio personality Ian Whitcomb, on ukulele and accordion, composer, band-leader and music historian Brad Kay, on ragtime style piano and cornet, and the amazing John Reynolds, on guitar and whistling (grandson of Zasou Pitts).
Janet has managed to charm these time-warped musicians into her parlor and out on the town, performing regularly for audiences in California and Japan. The band often makes trips to far flung historic locations and events.
Band Leader: Janet Klein – Vocal & Ukulele
Musician Guest Artists:
John Reynolds plays National Steel Guitar, Plectrum Banjo, whistles and sings a duet with Janet.
Dan Levinson plays C-Melody Sax and Clarinet
David Barlia (Janet’s CD Designer) sings a duet with Janet on the song “Piano Blues”
Ralph Reynolds (John Reynolds’s Brother) plays percussion and washboard.
Benny Brydern – Violin and Stroh Violin
Corey Gemme - Cornet, vocal
Dave Jones - Stand-Up Bass
Brad Kay – Piano & Cornet
Tom Marion – Guitar, banjo and mandolin
Bill Steele - Guitar
Dan Weinstein - Trombone & Violin
Ian Whitcomb - Accordion, Ukulele, Piano, Glockenspiel, Vibes & Vocal
Randy Woltz – Percussion and Vibes
Produced by Robert Loveless
Photos by Robert Loveless
Graphic Design by Janet Klein, David Barlia & Robert Loveless
Graphic Exacution by David Barlia