This issue showcases some of the best vocal stylists featured by various boutique dance orchestras under the management of the Sheraton Cadwell Group (www.sheratoncadwell.com ) for the 2014 season.
Patricia Duffy - Tracks 01 and 05
Jaclyn Genovese - Tracks 02 and 09
Patricia Nesci - Tracks 03 and 08
Marsha Roc - Tracks 04, 06, 14, 15 and 16
Sydney Dunitz - Tracks 07, 12, 13 and 18
Melissa Lee - Tracks 10, 11 and 17
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THE SHERATON CADWELL GROUP OF MUSIC PROFESSIONALS (SCG) /
SHERATON CADWELL ORCHESTRAS
Incorporated in 1991, the SCG has an international cast and perspective.
Professionally managed and staffed by over 100 talented vocalists and musicians from Canada, the United Kingdom, USA, South America, Europe, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Asia, the SCG has an established reputation as one of the most highly recommended suppliers of live musical entertainment for special events.
In-house audio and visual expertise, generous sponsorship and experienced leadership have made it possible for this unique organization to achieve world-class standards with its boutique big bands/dance orchestras, including the Toronto Starlight Orchestra (www.starlightorchestra.ca ), the Wyndham Regency Orchestra (www.wyndhamregency.com), the Philips Westin Orchestra (www.philipswestin.com), Orchestra Copacabana (www.atthecopa.ca), the Casablanca Orchestra (www.clubcasablanca.ca), Blue Champagne (www.bluechampagne.ca) and the Sheraton Cadwell Orchestra (www.sheratoncadwell.com).
Exceptions aside, artists recruited by the SCG generally have an average of at least 10 years performing experience, having been auditioned and selected for their high level of artistic flair, technical proficiency and professionalism.
Artists with the SCG have an extensive repertoire of popular hits and vintage songs from the 1930s to the 1990s for almost any occasion to please the most discerning clients ... from the music of Nat King Cole, Sammy Cahn, Oscar Hammerstein, Jerome Kern, Richard Rodgers, Cole Porter, George & Ira Gershwin, Johnny Mercer, Irving Berlin, Perez Prado, Henry Mancini, Hoagy Carmichael, Lorenz Hart, James Van Heusen, Johnny Burke, Burt Bacharach, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stevie Wonder, Johnny Mandel, Alberto Dominguez to Louis Prima and Antonio Carlos Jobim; greatest hits by artists such as Robbie Williams, Frank Sinatra, Linda Ronstadt, James Ingram, Diana Krall, Tom Jones, Diana Schuur, Ella Fitzgerald, Natalie Cole, Harry Connick Jr., Michael Buble, Bobby Darin, Norah Jones, Leonard Cohen, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Barry Manilow, Van Morrison, George Michael, Vanessa Williams, Bobby McFerrin, Lou Bega, John Denver, Sammy Davis Jr., Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Whitney Houston, the Beatles, ABBA, Bee Gees and the Beach Boys; and perennial standards by the orchestras of Glenn Miller, Stan Kenton, Artie Shaw, Harry James, Benny Goodman, Maynard Ferguson, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Herb Alpert, Nelson Riddle, Sammy Nestico, Chuck Mangione, Tito Puente and Arturo Sandoval.
Shows are typically tightly-paced presentations by a tapestry of fabulous vocal artists for up to over 4 hours of non-stop musical entertainment, with no rest breaks!
SCG's artists have entertained heads of state, diplomats, dignitaries, VIPs and audiences in the thousands, with more significant achievements than most of the best of dance/big bands in Toronto's highly competitive music industry.
Whether it is a romancing soloist, intimate duet, sassy trio, classical string quartet, jazz quintet, latin combo, swinging big band or grand ballroom dance orchestra, performances have characteristically been described as professional, warm, lively and engaging.
Over $200,000 has been invested in the best available sound & recording equipment and other logistics to ensure that all orchestras under SCG's management continue to be among the most well-equipped entertainers in the industry.
Equipment list includes the finest high-end audio gear such as Roland VS-2480 workstations, Genelec 8040A monitors, Sony MDR-7509HD headphones, Monster Power Conditioner PRO 2500, Bose L1, QSC K12 and KSub high performance speakers and Blue Kiwi quad cables; vintage microphones like the limited edition AKG C 414 LTD, Neumann TLM 49 and TLM 103; the world's quietest microphones, the Rode NT1-A and NT2-A; specialty microphones such as the Audix D-6, Earthworks high definition SR30 matched pair, Blue Baby Bottle, Blueberry, CAD E-300, Sontronics SIGMA and Royer's flagship, the R-121; a broad selection of high quality tube and solid state preamps such as the Universal Audio Solo 610, Rupert Neve Portico 5016, Mackie Onyx 800R, Focusrite OctoPre LE and Presonus Digimax FS.
The SCG is available for performances at weddings, corporate functions and other special events.
With one of the world's largest archives of 8,000+ music charts for big bands and a corporate goal of producing at least 3 CD albums each year, orchestras under the SCG have released a total of 73 collector-edition CDs to date, with albums available to over 2,400 retail stores, including digital distribution through Apple iTunes, Sony Connect, Yahoo Music, Best Buy, Rhapsody, Napster, MSN Music, Amazon and other outlets worldwide.
No other big band in Canada has released worldwide as many CD albums as the SCG has over the last 100 years!
Recorded performances by SCG-affiliated orchestras have been broadcasted by radio stations around the world.
Clients who have commissioned SCG's artists include high-profile organizations such as Bank of America, TD Bank, United Way, City of Toronto, Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (representing multi-national corporations like BMW, Mercedes Benz and Lufthanza Airline), Easter Seals, Kiwanis Club and the Mississauga Board Of Trade, among many others.
SCG's boutique big bands have performed at many upscale venues, grand banquets and ballrooms at 5-star locations such as the Old Mill Inn, Granite Club, Casa Loma, Atlantis Pavilions, Liberty Grand, Dominion Club, Sheraton Hotel, Four Seasons Hotel, Westin Harbour Castle Hotel and the Fairmont Royal York Hotel. Prestigious festivals SCG orchestras have been showcased at include the Celebrate Toronto! Street Festival, the Sunday Serenades at Mel Lastman Square and the Beaches International Jazz Festival, public concerts which feature the best big bands auditioned and shortlisted each year by special event organizers and the City of Toronto.
The primary mandate of the SCG is to support the fundraising activities of major charities and humanitarian organizations dedicated to alleviating poverty in less developed communities outside Canada.
Net proceeds from performances and CD sales are donated to international agencies such as UNICEF, World Vision, Oxfam, CARE, Doctors Without Borders, KIVA and the Red Cross through the Global Poverty Relief Foundation (www.gprf.net) for disaster and poverty relief programs.
To date, the SCG has helped to raise over $1.5 million for charitable and humanitarian projects.
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Board Of Directors
Neil Tatay, Chairman
Alan Vincent, Vice-Chairman
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David Vanden Enden
Nerissa Kay Bradley
Daniel De Kee
John Paul Brown
Henrique Matulis Filho
Brian Dale Kruschel
Alex Yambu Reyes
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A complete discography and sound clips are available at www.cdbaby.com/all/tso and at www.cdbaby.com/all/bluechampagne.
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"Your vocal stars are glamorous,
chic & hip ... what a treat!"
- Olivier Francone
"It takes a really good band to get the
Mayor up to dance the twist!"
- Hazel McCallion
"I've seen the rest ... you're the best!"
- Richard Cohen
"Your track record of recorded work
is utterly impressive ... wow!"
- Julio Hernandez
"I loved your performance ...
it was professional and entertaining!"
- Joanne Wheatley
"You have both style and substance."
- Jim Stanley
"Awesome! There was hardly any room left on the dance floor ...
with thousands more watching your show
from all around the amphitheatre!"
- Tim Reidt
"Charming and delightful ... we enjoyed every tune!"
- Maria & Ron Oliveira
"I am here to welcome a really really fantastic orchestra ...
heard so much about them from my colleagues in city hall."
- Julain Sleath
"The orchestra sounds like swingers
having a time of their lives!"
- John Liddle
"Of all the big bands I know, yours is the most classy and professional ...
your toe-tapping programming, slick presentation and
remarkable cast of singers put you way ahead of everyone else."
- Jeff Lorenzo
"You guys are good ... very, very good!"
- Rick Petrocelli
"Open yourself to the sounds of this fine ensemble ...
they are a must at any event or occasion."
- Denis Mastromonaco
"It's the first time I've seen everyone stand up
at the end of a concert here to give a
standing ovation ... darn good show!"
- Bill Stuart
"Your vocal artists are sensational!"
- Michel Saunders
"The songs you play are so different from the other
big bands that perform here ... your international
musicians make such beautiful music!"
- Erica Klein
"I really enjoyed the various techniques you explore with your music ...
interesting voicings, great ensemble playing and the music is beautiful.
There are certainly some big ears at work here."
- Jeff Williams
"Our guests were thrilled with your performances!"
- Sheryl McKean
"What a fabulous repertoire ...
we enjoyed every song!"
- Michelle & Michael Pratt
"There is something special and beautiful
about your boutique big bands ... and
the good work you do for charity."
- Wendy Evans
"First class entertainment!"
- Alex Chavez
"Your professional orchestras are in
large measure responsible for the
renaissance of big bands in Canada."
- Pete Chapman
"We all had a fantastic evening ... dancing to
great music of the orchestra!"
- Susanne Adamczyk
"From the many positive comments we have received ...
it's clear that your contribution helped to ensure the event
was successful and memorable for all involved."
- Eva Liebermann
"I have seen many shows at this venue ...
yours is one of the few I really truly enjoyed!"
- Alan O'Connell
"Your performers have a great deal of flair and finese."
- Dennis Cole
"Our guests ABSOLUTELY loved your orchestra ...
we would certainly recommend you
to everyone we know!"
- David Rosati
"I am so happy to see the orchestra perform again."
- Rafik Mankarios
"Of the over 50 bands in the street festival,
I noticed yours had the largest crowd turnout."
- Bob Tamsin
"Solid 5-star performances!"
- Rick Stewart
"I had the pleasure of listening to you ...
and would like to know the dates & places
where my husband and I could dance
to your music."
- Etta Kaner
"You're always so good!!!"
- Michele Walks
"We just could not stop dancing!"
- Pam Murray
"Excellent show! It does not get better than this ...
a top notch orchestra with musicians from all over the world,
fabulous singers and a great time dancing under the stars
on a perfect summer evening."
- Marty Stapleton
"Many we knew were asking for a CD
of EVERY SONG your band played
... this CD only has some of them.
Can we have more, please?"
- Jean Anderson
"Absolutely the best big band show I have ever been to ... what a great band!!!"
- Tim Goldberg
"I thoroughly enjoyed the polished presentations
of your vocalists and orchestra!"
- Mike Brown
"We had many compliments ... thrilled by
the music that night and everyone had
a lot of fun!"
- Alessandra Palombo
"What a superb concert ... I stayed right till the end!"
- Phil Warren
"I've heard a lot of good things about your orchestra,
so I came out to listen ... you know, you fellows
are REALLY very good!"
- Jim Fernandez
"My husband and I played your CD over and over ...
and we are truly enjoying it!"
- Sharon Warnas
"... greatly enjoyed and we would be very pleased
if you would come back again!"
- Mary-Louise Wilson
"We have seen many bands. Only a few sound good
but they do not look good. Your orchestra is one
of the very best ... it sounds good and it also looks good!"
- Phil & Jane Richardson
"Your show was polished and refined ...
we were thoroughly entertained!"
- Linda Berton
"You will always be considered and
recommended highly by us."
- Mara Jansons
"I have received many compliments from guests ... absolutely wonderful
range of music, not to mention the excellent vocalists."
- Danita Bocarro
"You are the best of the best!"
- Ted Gray
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Video footage and more information will be found in Sheraton Cadwell Group's presskit at
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