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Jazz group to kickstart rancho’s series of free summer concerts

June 14th, 2013 · No Comments · Culture

Rancho Los Cerritos will host the Scarlett & Dr. Bob Finney Jazz Group for a free concert on Sunday, June 23, as a kickoff to the Rancho’s free summer concert series. All concert attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and/or blankets, as well as picnic meals. Museum gates will be open for picnicking after 4:30pm, and the concert is scheduled from 5:30pm to 7pm.
The Scarlett & Dr. Bob Finney Jazz Group are known for performing jazz and pop standards from The Great American Songbook such as “Caravan,” “The Nearness of You” and “Sway,” among many others.
Scarlett began singing at a very young age; however, she first kick-started her singing career when she was a teenager singing at local clubs in her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. Her first paying gig was at The Continental, which was one of the city’s upscale lounges at that time. She says she was ecstatic when the manager of the lounge offered her $35 to do what she loves to do– sing.
Since her move to California, she met and has performed with the Dr. Bob Finney Jazz Combo at numerous venues that included the Gardenia Restaurant and Lounge, Lunaria Restaurant and Jazz Club, and the Long Beach Museum of Art. In 2004, she released her maiden CD Scarlett Fever.
Dr. Bob Finney grew up in a musically talented and dedicated family. He remembered that at least once a week he, his two brothers and both of his parents would get together in their Cranford, New Jersey home for what was dubbed “orchestra time.” It also helped that his mother was a piano teacher and was insistent that her children receive formal music lessons. In high school, he was part of a Dixieland jazz group.
On occasion, Finney would sneak out to New York’s Greenwich Village Club for open jam sessions to improve his performance; he specialized in playing the tenor saxophone with his musical buddies Jack Teagarten and Miff Mole, trombonists; Red Allen, the trumpeter; and Cozy Cole, the drummer. The musical sessions helped Finney enhance his improvisation skills. Now he leads his own band playing the tenor sax and the clarinet. He’s added singing and scatting to his performances, but he admits, “Scarlett is the real singer!”
The Scarlett & Dr. Bob Finney Jazz Group will be the first of three summer concerts held at Rancho Los Cerritos. Additional concerts will include the Anne Walsh Jazz Quartet on July 28, and The Secret Jazz Band on August 25.
For more information, call (562) 570-1755, or visit rancholoscerritos.org .

Source: Rancho Los Cerritos

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