Danny Bacher's Swing That Music Jazziz Review



Jazziz Magazine Review of Danny Bacher

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.

Review: 'Swing That Music,' Effortless Fun

"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

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Upcoming Event Highlights

 

Tuesday November 1st, 2016
Danny Bacher Trio
The Friars Club
57 E 55th St,
New York, NY 10022
212-751-7272

Sunday November 6th, 2016
Everything Old is New Again
Live radio Broadcast at the Metropolitan Room
Featuring Danny Bacher -12:30 PM
Click Here For Details

November 10th - 13th, 2016
Danny Bacher with the Jazz Loft Big Band
The Jazz Loft
275 Christian Ave
Stony Brook, NY 11790
631-751-1895

Thursday January 5th, 2017
The Danny Bacher &
the "Swing That Music" All-Stars at Birdland

6:00PM - 7:30PM
315 West 44th St.
New York, NY
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January 7th - 8th, 2017
APAP Showcases

January 20th - 22nd, 2017
Danny Bacher with the Jazz Loft Big Band
The Stony Brook Cultural Center
97P Main Street
Stony Brook Village Center
(631) 689-5888
SEE THE EVENT FLYER

Tuesday June 20th, 2017
That's Entertainment!
Dietz & Schwartz & Friends
Carnegie Hall - Weill Recital Hall at 8pm
Click Here For Details

Monday June 26th, 2017
Danny Bacher
performs at the Bickford Theatre at Morris Museum
6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown, NJ at 8:00PM
$15/advance $18/at the door
973.971.3706 or morrismuseum.org

Event Highlights

Swing That Music! A Tribute to the Three Louis
Tuesday, August 04, 2015, 07:00pm - 08:15pm
Location : Metropolitan Room, 34 W. 22nd St, New York, NY

Swing That Music! A Tribute to the Three Louis
Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 07:00pm - 08:15pm
Location : Metropolitan Room, 34 W. 22nd St, New York, NY

Danny Bacher Quartet at Club Macanudo
Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 08:00pm - 11:00pm
Location : 26 E 63rd St., New York, NY

Danny Bacher Quartet at Club Macanudo
Monday, August 10, 2015, 08:00pm - 11:00pm
Location : 26 E 63rd St., New York, NY

Danny Bacher Quartet at Club Macanudo
Friday, July 10, 2015, 08:00pm - 11:00pm
Location : 26 E 63rd St., New York, NY

Swing That Music! A Tribute to the Three Louis
Saturday, July 11, 2015, 08:00pm - 10:00pm
Location : Highland Lakes Country Club
2240 Lakeside Drive West, Highland Lakes, NJ

Danny Bacher Quartet at Club Macanudo
Tuesday, July 21, 2015, 06:00pm - 09:00pm
Location : 26 E 63rd St., New York, NY

Bobbie Horowitz's "It's Just a Number" feat. Danny Bacher
Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 06:00pm - 07:00pm
Location : Metropolitan Room, 34 W. 22nd St, New York, NY

Danny Bacher at Le Cirque Cafe
Monday, June 01, 2015, 07:30pm - 10:30pm
Location : 151 East 58th, New York, NY

Swing That Music! A Tribute to the Three Louis
Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 07:00pm - 08:00pm
Location : Metropolitan Room, 34 W. 22nd St, New York, NY

Swing That Music! A Tribute to the Three Louis
Thursday, June 25, 2015, 09:30pm - 10:30pm
Location : Metropolitan Room, 34 W. 22nd St, New York, NY

Swing That Music! A Tribute to the Three Louis
Friday, June 26, 2015, 07:00pm - 08:00pm
Location : Metropolitan Room, 34 W. 22nd St, New York, NY

Swing That Music! A Tribute to the Three Louis
Sunday, June 28, 2015, 04:00pm - 05:00pm
Location : Metropolitan Room, 34 W. 22nd St, New York, NY

WPKN 89.5 FM Jazz Interview
Monday, May 04, 2015, 03:00pm - 04:00pm
Location : WPKN 89.5 FM

Danny Bacher at Le Cirque Cafe
Monday, May 11, 2015, 07:30pm - 10:30pm
Location : 151 East 58th, New York, NY

Jazz Club featuring Danny Bacher and Paul Meyers
Friday, May 15, 2015, 07:00pm - 10:00pm
Location : Hibiscus Restaurant, 270 South Street, Morristown, NJ

Will Friedwald's Irving Berlin Birthday Bonanza!
Monday, May 18, 2015, 08:00pm - 10:00pm
Location : Zeb's at 223 W. 28th Street, New York, NY

Dominic Chianese with Danny Bacher
Saturday, April 11, 2015, 07:00pm - 09:00pm
Location : Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts
71 E Main St., Patchogue, New York 11772

Danny Bacher at Le Cirque Cafe
Monday, April 20, 2015, 07:30pm - 10:30pm
Location : 151 East 58th, New York, NY

Danny Bacher at Le Cirque Cafe
Monday, March 09, 2015, 07:30pm - 10:30pm
Location : 151 East 58th, New York, NY

Cabaret Jubilation feat. Danny Bacher, Susan Winter and Marissa Mulder
Sunday, March 22, 2015, 04:00pm - 05:00pm
Location : Metropolitan Room, 34 W 22nd St., New York, NY

Dominic Chianese with Danny Bacher
Saturday, February 21, 2015, 09:00pm - 11:00pm
Location : Stage 72 at the Triad
158 W 72nd St., 2nd Fl., New York, NY

Dana Lorge's Variety Show feat. Tom Wopat and Danny Bacher
Friday, February 27, 2015, 07:00pm - 08:00pm
Location : Metropolitan Room, 34 W 22nd St., New York, NY

Longest Variety Show Ever - Guinness World Record Attempt
Thursday, January 01, 2015, 08:00pm - 09:00pm
Location : Metropolitan Room, 34 W 22nd St., New York, NY

Sophisticated Swing at the Lambs Club!
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 08:00pm
Location : 132 W 44th Street (btw 6th & Bway) New York, NY

Wednesday October 14th
DANNY BACHER at the 26th Annual NY Cabaret Convention
Townhall 5:30PM
123 W. 43rd St.
New York, NY 10036 212-206-0440

Tuesday November 24th
Danny Bacher and the "Swing That Music" All Stars"
at The Friars' Club!
8:00 - 10:00PM
57 E. 55th
Street, New York, NY

Saturday December 5th
Urban Stages Winter Rhythms
3:00 - 5:00PM
259 West 30th
Street, New York, NY

Monday December 7th
The Danny Bacher Quartet at Le Cirque
7:30 - 10:30PM
151 East 58th
New York, NY

Saturday January 9th
The Danny Bacher and the "Swing That Music" All-Stars
perform at the Jazz Education Network conference
in Louisville KY 6:00PM
New Voices Stage
at Galt House

Thursday January 14th
The Danny Bacher and the "Swing That Music" All-Stars
at the Greenwich House 6:00PM
46 Barrow St.
New York, NY 10014

Monday February 29th
The Danny Bacher Quartet
at Le Cirque 7:30 - 10:30PM
Location : 151 East 58th
New York, NY

Monday May 2th
The Danny Bacher Quartet at Le Cirque
7:30 - 10:30PM
151 East 58th
New York, NY

Monday June 13th
The Danny Bacher Quartet at Le Cirque
7:30 - 10:30PM
151 East 58th
New York, NY

Monday June 27th
The Danny Bacher and the "Swing That Music" All-Stars
perform at the Bickford Theatre at Morris Museum
6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown, NJ at 8:00PM
$15/advance $18/at the door
973.971.3706 or morrismuseum.org

Saturday September 10th, 2016
Danny Bacher Quartet
ARVA in NYC
(Private Event)

Tuesday September 13th, 2016
An Intimate evening with Danny Bacher
(with Mark Soskin) Pangea

Wednesday September 28th, 2016
DANNY BACHER
Showcase in Orlando

Wednesday September 28th, 2016 at 12PM
Danny Bacher Quartet On-Air Concert
WUCF Orlando
Station Details

Wednesday October 5th, 2016
Danny Bacher Trio
The Friars Club
57 E 55th St,
New York, NY 10022
212-751-7272



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I Wanna Be Like You