Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Todd's latest album...


The Royal Air Force Squadronaires and Todd Gordon release Helping the Heroes in the UK on November 5th. Worldwide digital release to follow shortly.

This is the acclaimed big band's first vocal album and Todd duets on several tracks with wonderful guest vocalists (see artwork). Featuring new arrangements, it's a great "feel-good" album, recorded under the watchful eyes and ears of veteran producer Ken Barnes who's worked with many of "the greats" such as Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee, Fred Astaire, Johnny Mercer and Jack Jones.

All profits from the sale of the album will go to the British charity, Help for Heroes.

You can order it now from Amazon and other online retailers as well as record stores - and click here for the first review...

"Helping The Heroes brings some of Britain's finest singers together with one of the country's best big bands. The result is a definitive big band album: dynamic, technically impressive and hugely enjoyable." - All About Jazz (Canada)

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Playlist: 28 Oct 2012 (6pm CET) & 4 Nov 2012 (6pm PST)


1. Baby (You Got What It Takes) - Dinah Washington & Brook Benton: Two of Us
2. Blue and Sentimental - The Mills Brothers & Count Basie: Board of Directors
3. I'm Confessin' (That I Love You) - Tony Bennett & k d lang: A Wonderful World
4. Brazil - Bing Crosby & Rosemary Clooney: Fancy Meeting You Here
5. Am I Blue? - Carmen McRae & Betty Carter: Duets
6. Turkey in the Straw - The Hi-Lo's: The Hi-Lo's Happen to Folk Music
7. Silly Habits - Mel Tormé & Janis Ian: Mel Tormé & Friends
8. Who? - The Pied Pipers: The Song Is You (Capitol Sings Jerome Kern)
9. I Like Your Kind of Love - Andy Williams & Peggy Powers: single
10. Don't Worry 'Bout Me - The Four Freshmen: Four Freshmen and Five Guitars
11. God Only Knows - The Beach Boys: Pet Sounds
12. Bei Mir Bist Du Schon (Means That You're Grand) - The Andrews Sisters: In Hi-Fi
13. Stompin' at the Savoy - Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong: Ella and Louis Again
14. Somethin' Stupid - Nancy Sinatra (with Frank Sinatra): For My Dad
15. Aguas de Marco - Elis Regina & Antonio Carlos Jobim: Ellis & Tom
16. This Can't Be Love/Almost Like Being in Love - Ready Willing & Mabel: A Cocktail for the Ears 

Outro: Come In from the Rain - Todd Gordon: Ballads from the Midnight Hotel

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Playlist: 14 Oct 2012 (6pm CET) & 21 Oct 2012 (6pm PST)


1. Dream - Ella Fitzgerald: The Johnny Mercer Song Book
2. In Dreams - Roy Orbison: In Dreams
3. All I Do Is Dream of You - Dean Martin: Sleep Warm
4. Girl (Boy) of My Dreams - Etta James: At Last!
5. Fortune in Dreams - Frank Sinatra Jr & Pat Longo Super Big Band: Billy May for President
6. Dream a Little Dream of Me - Janet Seidel: Moon of Manakoola
7. I Can Dream, Can't I? - Mama Cass (Elliot): Bubblegum, Lemonade... & Something for Mama
8. I Had the Craziest Dream - Perry Como: We Get Letters
9. Hit the Road to Dreamland - Betty Hutton: Capitol single
10. You Stepped Out of a Dream - Peggy Lee: Olé ala Lee
11. Dream Dancing - Mel Tormé & George Shearing: An Evening at Charlie's
12. I'm a Dreamer, Aren't We All - Cleo Laine: All About Me
13. I Have Dreamed - Frank Sinatra: The Concert Sinatra
14. When I Grow Too Old to Dream - Helen Humes: T'Ain't Nobody's Biz-ness If I Do
15. Street of Dreams - Lou Rawls: That's Lou
16. Darn That Dream - Nancy Wilson: But Beautiful
17. Man, That Was a Dream - Carmen McRae: Carmen Sings Monk
18. Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams - Ernestine Anderson: Hot Cargo
19. I'll See You in My Dreams - Jimmy Durante: Jimmy Durante's Way of Life

Outro: Come In from the Rain - Todd Gordon: Ballads from the Midnight Hotel