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Danny Bacher – Serious Fun

Last autumn, jazz singer and soprano sax player Danny Bacher released his second CD, Still Happy. That he is. Bacher is a purveyor of happiness, born under a lucky star. He’s a Renaissance man, a polymath of talent––a saxophonist, vocalist, composer, educator, actor, writer/playwright, and comedian––who’s a master of all trades and on a mission to spread joy. Now at that mid-life point where the road behind and the road ahead are more or less equal, he’s got a solid perspective of the elements of his life that have informed his “now” and the direction he’d like to travel in.

Marking a pinnacle in his career, Bacher also becomes the latest recipient of the American Songbook Association (ASA) Margaret Whiting Award, of which Bacher says, “It’s an honor to carry on the tradition and excellence one strives for, and that this music deserves.” The Whiting Award matches Bacher’s personal mission to encourage young people into the songbook and into jazz, by making it accessible to them. Of course, happiness is a prime ingredient in that accessibility.


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Jazz needn’t be dark and brooding to be taken seriously. From Louis Armstrong and Fats Waller to Louis Jordan and Louis Prima, a fair amount of the jazz catalog was designed to put a smile on your mug and tap in your toe. Saxophonist and vocalist Danny Bacher subscribes to that model. In fact, he doubles down on his 2016 release Swing That Music – a tribute to the above-mentioned Louis – with an unapologetically joyful follow-up, Still Happy (Whaling City Sound). Bacher puts his engaging tenor vocals to a well-curated set of sunny standards – “Getting Some Fun Out of Life”, “Lucky To Be Me”, “Joy Spring” – pens a few of his own, and receives stellar backing from top-flight musicians including saxophonist Harry Allen and pianist Allen Farnham. Proving, as throughout, that a cheerful disposition isn’t necessarily anathema to good jazz, Bacher leads his band through a simmering rendition of the Arlen/oehler classic “Get Happy.” The singer doubles on soprano sax and splits solo space with Allen and trumpeter Charles Caranicas, while bassist Dean Johnson, drummer Alvester Garnett and percussionist Rolando Morales-Matos maintain an infectious Latin groove.


Tributes to the Louies – Armstrong, Prima and Jordan – are nothing new. For years, artists with a penchant for finger-popping have doffed a cap to one or more of them, and with good reason: They’re among the most significant music makers of the 20th century. Vocalist and soprano saxophonist Danny Bacher is the latest to tie together the Louis legacies on his invigorating new CD Swing That Music! (Whaling City Sound).

Bacher receives sterling support from a topnotch little big band featuring all-stars such as guitarist Howard Alden, cornetist Warren Vache, trombonist Pete McGuinness and bassist Ray Drummond. Song selections play like a dream jukebox, featuring a slate of tunes that connect jazz and blues to jump-swing and rock ‘n’ roll. Bacher’s tenor vocals provide a sturdy vehicle for the music, and he pulls plenty of fire from his sax, undoubtedly inspired by the musicians he honors – ace solosits all – as well as those on the session. Bacher shares the mic with the charming Cyrille Aimée for a medly that pairs “La Vie en Rose” with “A Kiss to Build a Dream On.” both romantic staples of the Armstrong repertoire. Aimée sings the former in her native French (a la Edith Piaf) as a prelude to Bacher’s supple croon on the latter. Pianist Jason Teborek, bassist Drummond and drummer Bill Goodwin are spot-on, and Vache honors Pops’ horn without imitating him.

Danny Bacher: Still Happy – Review of saxophonist/vocalist’s upbeat second album as a leader

The song titles alone on soprano saxophonist and vocalist Danny Bacher’s sophomore release provide a pre-listening hint of what to expect: They contain words like joy, fun, lucky, hooray, laughing, and—three separate times—happy. And just to make sure you’ve got the idea, the CD’s inner sleeve depicts the artist matching the grin on the smiley-face balloon he’s holding. Yes, there is also “Cloudy,” an update of the nearly century-old Bix Beiderbecke tune, paired in a medley with Django Reinhardt’s “Nuages,” but it’s the last tune on the album, so by then the exultant mood has long been set. No room for gloom here.

If that description suggests that Still Happy (itself a distillation of a Bacher original called “In Spite of All This, I’m Still Happy”) might be some kind of cloying, terminally gushy affair, no worries. The positivity within these smartly arranged and superbly executed performances is often more implied than overt; if the music gets a smile out of you too, consider that a bonus… READ MORE


“The secret of serious fun is not to take it too seriously, especially if it involves playing jazz. That attitude is something that the easygoing singer and saxophonist Danny Bacher, who appeared with a small swing band at the Metropolitan Room on Tuesday evening, knows in his bones.

It is about making hot music but staying cool, about cutting up while maintaining effortless self-control, about having a blast with friends. And at his performance of “Swing That Music,” a homage to the era of jumpin’ jive with a dollop of Dixieland, Mr. Bacher conflated the music of three Louises — Armstrong, Jordan and Prima — in a concert revealing him to be a prodigiously talented musical preservationist.

Mr. Bacher’s voice is smoother than Prima’s rasp, but in his bebop solos he revealed enough of his inner wild man to suggest a maniac behind the cool. “I Wanna Be Like You (The Monkey Song),” from “The Jungle Book,” in particular, made me grin. It was a reminder that behind its academic trappings, a prime element of jazz has always been a game of monkey see, monkey do.”

By STEPHEN HOLDEN

Events


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  • 2021 EVENTS

  • MARCH

  • 11th | THRS@7:30PM

    Michael’s Lounge
    Danny Bacher and Michael Masci present a free, virtual concert streaming live from “Michael’s Lounge” in sunny Florida LEARN MORE

  • APRIL

  • 10th | SAT@12PM

    APSS Presents, “Man with a Horn…and a voice!”
    Feat. Danny Bacher and Jon Weber | Free to all! FREE ZOOM ACCESS

  • 13th | TUES@9PM

    Danny Bacher at The Villa Roma
    356 Villa Roma Rd., Callicoon, NY 12723

  • MAY

  • 3rd | MON@5:30PM

    Mondays with Marcus Podcast
    Marcus Goldhaber with special guest, Danny Bacher LEARN MORE

  • 7th | FRI@7PM

    Metropolitan Zoom presents Danny Bacher – Siete De Mayo
    Metropolitan Zoom (A Virtual Night Club Experience) GET TICKETS

  • 14th | FRI@7PM

    The Friars Club presents:
    an Evening with Danny Bacher W/ Jon Weber on Piano

  • 17th | THR@7PM

    Danny Bacher, with Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks Combo
    At Bell Works outdoor Theatre, Holmdel NJ

  • 23rd | SUN@TBA

    Danny Bacher at the Bijou Theater

  • JULY

  • 9th | FRI

    Staten Island

  • 10th | SAT@7:30PM

    Danny Bacher with Tom Manuel and the Jazz Loft Big Band
    Huntington Arts Festival, Huntington NY | Harry Chapin Stage

  • 11th | SAT

    Warren, NJ

  • 16th | FRI

    Cedar Grove, NJ

  • 17th | SAT

    Long Island, NY

  • 22nd | THRS

    Paramus, NJ

  • 23rd | FRI

    Cedar Grove, NJ

  • 24th | SAT

    Bourne, MA

  • 27th | TUES

    Cedar Grove, NJ

  • AUGUST

  • 4th | WED

    Friars Club
    New York, NY

  • 11th | WED

    Lafayette Park
    Jersey City, NJ

  • 12th | THRS

    Asbury Park, NJ

  • 14th | SAT

    Staten Island, NY

  • 17th | FRI@8PM

    The Great Divide Campground
    Newton, NJ

  • 18th | WED

    Upper Montclair, NJ

  • 20th | FRI

    Provincetown, MA

  • 21st | SAT

    Provincetown, MA

  • 22nd | SUN

    Provincetown, MA

  • 25th | WED

    Provincetown, MA

  • 27th | FRI

    The Great Divide Campground
    Newton, NJ

  • SEPTEMBER

  • 3rd | WED@7PM

    Danny Bacher with Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks Combo
    Highland Lakes, NJ

  • 4th | THRS

    Paramus, NJ

  • 12th | SUN

    Parsipany, NJ

  • 21st | TUES

    Piano Bar Live
    West Bank Cafe, NYC

  • 25th | SAT

    Warren, NJ

  • 26th | SUN

    The Salon, NYC

  • OCTOBER

  • 2nd | SAT

    Midland Park, NJ

  • 7th | THRS

    The Jazz Loft
    Stony Brook, NY Big Band Show

  • 8th | FRI

    The Jazz Loft
    Stony Brook, NY Big Band Show

  • 9th | SAT@12NOON

    APSS Susannah McCorkle Tribute Show
    Don’t Tell MaMa’s, NYC

  • 9th | SAT@3PM

    The Jazz Loft
    Stony Brook, NY Big Band Show

  • 9th | SAT@7:30PM

    The Jazz Loft
    Stony Brook, NY Big Band Show

  • 10th | SUN

    West Point, NY

  • 13th | WED@6:30PM

    Danny Bacher with Bossa Velha
    Canco Park, Jersey City NJ

  • 15th | FRI

    Cedar Grove, NJ

  • 16th | SAT

    NYC

  • 30th | SAT

    Island Park, NY

  • NOVEMBER

  • 7th | SUN

    Huntington, NY

  • 13th | SAT

    Rockaway, NJ

  • DECEMBER

  • 2nd | THRS

    The Jazz Loft
    Stony Brook, NY Big Band Show

  • 3rd | FRI

    The Jazz Loft
    Stony Brook, NY Big Band Show

  • 4th | SAT@3PM

    The Jazz Loft
    Stony Brook, NY Big Band Show

  • 4th | SAT@7:30PM

    The Jazz Loft
    Stony Brook, NY Big Band Show

  • 9th | THRS

    The Jazz Loft
    Stony Brook, NY Big Band Show

  • 12th | THRS

    Port Jefferson, NY

  • 23rd | THRS@3PM

    The Jazz Loft
    Stony Brook, NY Big Band Show

  • 23rd | THRS@7:30PM

    The Jazz Loft
    Stony Brook, NY Big Band Show

  • 2022 EVENTS

  • JANUARY

  • 14th | FRI

    The Velvet Note
    Atlanta, GA

  • 16th | SUN

    The Palladium
    St. Petersburg, FL

  • FEBRUARY

  • 10th | THRS

    The Bonnet House Museum and Gardens
    Fort Lauderdale, FL

  • 21st | MON

    The Key Largo Angler’s Club
    Key Largo, FL

  • MAY

  • 29th | SUN

    Montclair, NJ

  • JUNE

  • 4th | SAT

    Teaneck, NJ

  • SEPTEMBER

  • 18th | SAT

    Jersey City, NJ

  • 24th | SAT

    Cedar Grove, NJ

  • 30th | FRI

    Washington, NJ

  • OCTOBER

  • 8th | SAT

    New Hope, PA

  • 22th | SAT

    Manalapan, NJ

  • NOVEMBER

  • 4th | FRI

    Woodland Park, NJ

Listen

Check out tunes from Danny’s Newest CDs

Hooray For Hollywood


Joie De Vive

Get Happy


 

La Vie En Rose/Kiss To Build a Dream On
(Featuring Cyrille Aimée and Warren Vaché)



I Wanna Be Like You

Early in the Mornin


Contact

Danny

Bacher

Booking

JWP agency
Steve Frumkin
Tel: 941-924-8452
Email: Steve@JWPagency.com
Email: Rebecca@JWPagency.com

Publicity

Doreen D’Agostino Media
Doreen D’Agostino
doreen@doreendagostinomedia.com
917-916-2626

Radio Promotions

Mike Carlson
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360-660-4909

Radio & Publicity

Mixed Media
Ginny Shea
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401-942-8025
www.mixedmediapromo.com

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