The Bob Boyd Sounds In Concert
“A Tribute to the Great American Songbook”
Admission is free. Arts Engagement credit can be received for this performance
With the renewal of interest in music of the Swing and Big Band Era, The Bob Boyd Sounds are having the time of their lives playing and singing songs from the thirties through the nineties. Word has gotten around that these four guys will knock you out when they play music of the big bands. All four of the members sing, solo and in harmony, music from Sinatra, the Four Freshmen and the Modernaires, to Stevie Wonder! They play smooth, listenable jazz, if you can manage to keep your feet still. But when they play, unlike much jazz, in their music you can always recognize the melody!
The leader of the band Bob Boyd says, “All four of us are bandleaders in our own right. But the sum is greater than the parts. We have played together so much that we can anticipate each other’s every move, every note. The joy in playing I first had is back! I enjoy writing vocal arrangements for us. I look forward to every concert, to every tune. Sometimes all our new ideas just tumble over each other in exuberance. Jazz began as fun music and we have put the fun back into it.”
“Everyone tends to want to classify or pigeonhole a band as playing a particular style of music. So far, we have successfully resisted that. We have presented Dixieland, Cajun, Polka, Mariachi, Italian, Irish and Western Swing-style band shows. But most of the time, we play a mix of popular standards, swing and popular jazz from all the decades. All four of us sing lead on some tunes, and we present many tunes in 4 part harmony, a la the Four Freshmen (‘Its A Blue World’) or Manhattan Transfer (‘Tuxedo Junction.’).”