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"Makin' Whoopee !"
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Swing, bossa, pop, jazz, and soft rock.

Released September 1997.
CD $15, Cassette $12

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ALBUM CONTENTS

"Makin Whoopee !"

1. TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT
A modern swing arrangement of a hit from the Broadway show, Mr. Wonderful.

8. GEORGIA ON MY MIND
Don on baritone, in a slow and soulful groove.

2. MAKIN' WHOOPEE
Connie Anne's light-hearted telling of an engaging tale.

9. TANGERINE
This much-requested song features vocal and alto solos by Don.
3. MOONDANCE
Soft rock meets swing and jazz, with drummer George Ballantyne setting the pace.
10. DIDN'T WE
Trombonist Wilson Winner and trumpeter John Quist interpret this poignant rock ballad.
4. I'M GLAD THERE IS YOU
An evergreen ballad, sung by Don Conway, with Walter Cross on tenor and Stu Zimny on bass.
11.'S WONDERFUL
An upbeat Gershwin gem sung by Connie Anne.
5. YOU AND THE NIGHT AND THE MUSIC
A full-bodied new arrangement of a sophisticated '30s tune.
12. A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A FOOL (CARNAVAL)
The evocative theme from Black Orpheus, featuring Don on alto and Bob Navarra on guitar.
6. SPRING CAN REALLY HANG YOU UP THE MOST
An alto rhapsody featuring Don Conway.
13. ORANGE COLORED SKY
A socko tribute by vocalist Don to the late great Nat King Cole.
7. I'VE GOT THE WORLD ON A STRING
. . . sittin' on a rainbow. Connie Anne in an upbeat swing vocal.

14. DO NOTHING'TILL YOU HEAR FROM ME
The Duke lives, in this laidback, freshly harmonized instrumental.


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MUSICIANS    
Don Conway conducting

Don Conway, Leader and music director, Alto saxophones, and vocals

Connie Anne Conway, Manager, Vocals and piano
Walter Cross, Tenor saxophone
Drummer
John Quist, Trumpet
Wilson Winner, Trombone
Bob Navarra, Guitar
Stuart Zimny , Bass
George Ballantyne, Drums

REVIEWS

"Sway by the light of the swoon. Or jitterbug until the beguine begins. For inspiration try the String of Pearls, a small band with a sound big enough to embrace three generations of warmth and romance."
Karl Laucher, editor, Cambrian Times, January 1998

"Really cool tunes . . . [Don's] new CD is excellent. Ms. Absolutely took it home and has yet to bring it back. She says 'Tangerine' is her favorite cut."
Palo Alto Daily News
, "Absolutely" column, September 15, 1997

"String of Pearls, Don Conway's jazz and swing band, has released its first album, 'Makin' Whoopee!' Long-time PAJA members, Don and wife Connie both sing and play on their CD that is loaded with danceable tunes. String of Pearls, a compact big band of eight, is well known in the Bay Area for its many performances at festivals, dances and nightclubs . . . "
Jazz Buff
(newsletter of the Palo Alto Jazz Alliance), D. Michael Griffin, "Rim Shots" column, December 1997/January 1998


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