A note from the Producer:
This CD is a collection of some of our favorite Broadway Show Tunes. It's a fitting tribute to the music we love
and to the 30 years that Johnny Russo, Brian Earle, London McDaniels, Drew Frech, Steve Brown and I have
worked together in the East Hill Classic Jazz Band under Johnny’s masterful direction. It was only as the CD
began to take shape that we realized that this collection also represented some of the best music we ever captured
in the recording studio.
So, to us, this CD is a tribute on many levels: to our band, which, at 30+ years, has endured longer than most;
to our many colleagues who contributed so much to the musical vibrany of our enterprise; and to the songs
themselves, which have been a source of constant inspiration and joy.
FYI several of the cuts on the CD were recorded earlier in the band’s 30-year history and several were recorded
this Spring especially for this project. All were re-mastered for this CD.
- Doug Robinson, Ithaca NY August 2015
A note from the band leader:
Over the past three decades, numerous musicians have had the exciting experience of performing
and recording with the East Hill Classic Jazz Band. Many of these excellent musicians have now passed on
and we miss them: Wally Thirll (bass), Pat Cosimo (guitar), Ray Helmer (drums), Ellis ’Doc’ Johnson (guitar),
Bernie Milton (vocals), Harold Cook (trumpet), Bernie Upson (bass), Suzanne Stewart (vocals),
Dave Remington (piano), and Speigle Wilcox (trombone).
Others, including guitarist/bassist/singer London McDaniels, help carry forward the band's decades-long
success in Central New York at venues ranging from the Ithaca Farmers Market to elegant Cornell galas and
Fraternity/Sorority socials to senior homes, five-star Geneva On The Lake and the public concert series at
Taughannock Falls State Park. They've also been invited to perform at the National Women's Hall of Fame
and, most notably, at Carnegie Hall as the only private Ithaca group to ever be invited to perform there.