Swing That Music

In The News


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.

"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


SEE DANNY

LIVE

IN CONCERT

  • 2017 EVENTS

  • MAY

  • 17th | WED 7PM
    THE FRIARS CLUB
    A Friars club All-star event, featuring Danny Bacher | Buy Tix
  • JUNE

  • 4th | SUN 6PM
    BIRDLAND NYC
    Danny Bacher w/ Vanessa Racci | Buy Tix
  • 7th | WED 8PM
    THE FRIARS CLUB
    Dean Martin Centenial Concert | Buy Tix
  • 20th | TUES 8PM
    CARNEGIE HALL - WEILL RECITAL HALL NYC
    That's Entertainment! Dietz & Schwartz & Friends feat. Danny Bacher | Buy Tix
  • 22nd | THRS 8PM
    THE FRIARS CLUB
    The Friars club Roast of Gary Busey With Music Direction by Danny Bacher
  • JUL

  • 22nd | SAT 8PM
    Highland Lakes Country Club/Arts Center
    The Danny Bacher Quartet "Swing a song of Sinatra" | Buy Tix
  • 24th | MON 9PM - 12:30AM
    The Back Room, 102 Norfolk St, New York, NY 10002
    Danny Bacher with the Delancey Five | Buy Tix
  • 30th | SUN 11:30AM and 1:30PM
    The Blue Note, 131 W 3rd St, New York, NY 10012
    Jazz Brunch Featuring the Danny Bacher Quartet | Buy Tix
  • AUG

  • 3rd | THRS 7:30PM
    The Bickford Theatre at Morris Museum Morristown, NJ
    Danny Bacher | Buy Tix
  • 13th | SUN 3PM & 7PM (2 shows)
    Harbor Jazz Festival, The Jazz Loft, Stony Brook, NY
    Danny Bacher | Buy Tix
  • SEPT

  • 13th | WED 1:00PM
    Saint Peter's Church
    Midday Jazz Series at Saint Peter's Church w/ Alexis Cole | Buy Tix
  • 23rd | SAT 2PM
    Little Italy, NYC | Festival State (on Grand & Mott St.)
    The 91st Annual Feast of San Gennaro & 100th Birthday Tribute to Dean Martin
    Hosted by Bill Boggs, featuring Tony Danza, Deanna Martin and Danny Bacher
    Free To The Public - Get More Info
  • OCT

  • 4th | WED (Time TBA)
    THE FRIARS CLUB
    Danny Bacher and Marcus Goldhaber | Buy Tix
  • 16th | MON (Time TBA)
    Jazz at Lincoln Center | Rose Hall
    Mabel Mercer Foundation, 28th Annual NYC Cabaret Convention | Buy Tix
  • 21st | SAT (Time TBA)
    Hops/Scotch
    22 S Main St. | Doylestown Pa | Buy Tix
  • 22nd | SUN 3:00-6:00PM
    Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, Drew University, Madison, NJ
    New Jersey Jazz Society 45th Anniversary Celebration Honoring Bucky Pizzarelli | Buy Tix
  • NOV

  • 24th | FRI (Time TBA)
    The Jazz Loft, 275 Christian Ave, Stony Brook, NY 11790
    Big Band Concert Series, Featuring: Danny Bacher | Buy Tix
  • 20th | MON (Time TBA)
    THE FRIARS CLUB
    Danny Bacher with F. Murray Abraham | Buy Tix
  • DEC

  • 7-9th | FRI-SUN (Time TBA)
    The Jazz Loft, 275 Christian Ave, Stony Brook, NY 11790
    An evening with Danny Bacher | Buy Tix
  • 2018 EVENTS

  • JAN

  • 21st | SUN (Time TBA)
    Centenary Stage Company, 400 Jefferson Street Hackettstown, NJ 07840
    Danny Bacher | Buy Tix
  • MAR

  • 9th | FRI (Time TBA)
    The Jazz Loft, 275 Christian Ave, Stony Brook, NY 11790
    An evening with Danny Bacher | Buy Tix
  • APR

  • 7th | SAT (Time TBA)
    The Center at Eagle Hill, 242 Old Petersham Rd, Hardwick, MA 01037
    Danny Bacher | Buy Tix
  • MAY

  • 18th | FRI 8PM
    CARNEGIE HALL - WEILL RECITAL HALL NYC
    Burke and Van Heusen & Friends feat. Danny Bacher | Buy Tix

Listen

Check out tunes from Danny's New CD

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



I Wanna Be Like You

Dream a little dream


Early in the Mornin


I Want You To Be My Baby (featuring Houston Person)


Contact

Danny

Bacher

Booking

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

Contact Danny

Danny Bacher
Tel: 973-204-6374
Email: danny@dannybachermusic.com

DANNY BACHER

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