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Steve Rashid's second album, "Fidgety Feet", is a collection of swing classics for young and old alike. It features Rashid singing and playing with nineteen of Chicago's great jazz musicians to recreate the wild and playful energy of swing music in historically accurate musical settings. Spanning big band jazz, western swing, Dixieland, and small group jazz, it includes fourteen songs from the jazz era -- some well known standards and some previously hidden treasures. The liner notes contain interesting historical facts as well as a discography indicating recommended recordings currently available from the era.
The creation of "Fidgety Feet" is in keeping with Rashid's philosophy that music for children can be created that is truly cross-generational -- music that is just as enjoyable for parents and grandparents as for younger listeners. The creators of "Fidgety Feet" hope its swinging jazz inspires an actively shared listening experience with hipsters of all ages!
"Fidgety Feet" is co-produced by Rashid and well known Chicago jazz artist Don Stiernberg. It is the first release in Woodside Avenue Music Production's new "American Music Series," a collection of family recordings each exploring a different American music style.
Fidgety Feet has won:
- Parents' Choice Gold Award
- ALA Notable Children's Recording
- NAPPA Silver Honors
- Booklist's "Best" List
The musicians on Fidgety Feet are:
Ric Bendel: trumpet
Kevin Connelley: drums
Jim Cox: bass
Ron Dewar: clarinet
Ken Eidson: harmony vocal
Johnny Frigo: violin
Rich Fudoli: soprano sax
T.C. Furlong: pedal steel guitar
Jim Gailloreto: alto sax
Mike Halpin: trombone
Bill Hanck: trombone
Rusty Jones: drums
Mike Marois: tuba
Paul Mertens: tenor sax
Steve Rashid: lead vocals, piano, trumpet
Steve Schmidt: trumpet
Barney Schwartz: electric bass
Bill Shaffer: drums
Don Stiernberg: banjo, guitar, mandolin, harmony vocal
Greg Studebaker: cornet
Steve Rashid is a composer, performer, producer and recording engineer. He has performed in many musical contexts and in many styles throughout his career. His own jazz group, "Steve Rashid and the Porkpies", was called "one of Chicago's most entertaining groups" by the Chicago Tribune. In addition, he has managed or owned a recording studio since 1981. His current studio, Woodside Avenue Music Productions, opened in 1991, out of which he began his independent record label of the same name, in 1992. He has engineered and/or produced over 60 albums for many artists and labels, spanning folk, jazz, bluegrass, gospel, country and pop music.
The Woodside Avenue label, which currently includes Rashid's own solo recordings ("As In A Mirror", "i will hold your tiny hand" and "Fidgety Feet") as well as those of four other artists, is focused on creating audio products for families to share. Rashid's work in the field of family entertainment has received over 20 national awards, including the Parents' Choice Gold Award, the American Library Notable Children's Recording, the AFIM Indie Award, the National Parenting Publications Gold Award and the Children's Music Web Award. Parents' Choice said, "Singer/songwriter Steve Rashid has created a whole new musical category for kids and parents."
Rashid is also a two-time Jeff Award winner (Chicago's Tony Award), for creating the music for the musicals "Sylvia's Real Good Advice" and "The Good Times Are Killing Me." His stage and recorded work have been featured in over 15 national publications, including Billboard, Variety and The New York Times, and on broadcasts ranging from Chicago radio and television to The Today Show and the BBC.
Rashid holds a B.A. in Music and Philosophy from Ripon College and a Masters Degree in Music Composition from Northwestern University. He is a member of the American Federation of Musicians, the Association for Independent Music, and is on the Board of Governors of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.