JTBB Small Band – Akwesanse Casino October 2016
Musicians are generally their worst critic, so it’s really rewarding when someone takes the time to tell us that we have really helped make their event extra special. Hopefully Anthony and Rebecca will get many 10th Anniversary cards wishing them well and congratulations and saying how special their wedding was and that it wasn’t quite all about The Joey Thomas Big Band.
We wish Anthony and Rebecca warm wishes and happy regards for a wonderful life together.
The full Five Star Review reads:
I would rate them a 25 out of 5! JTBB is amazing. Every guest at our wedding had something to say about how great the band was. I am positive that in 10 years people will be talking about how great the band was and completely forget the reason they were there (our wedding!)! Joey is a fun guy and dedicates himself to making the event special. They learned a few songs for us and really seemed to enjoy some of our choices, really taking ownership of the process and having fun with it. You could tell that this incredibly talented group genuinely loves their work. it was nothing short of exceptional!
— Anthony G
We recently had the pleasure of performing for the wedding reception of Anthony and Rebecca at The Sagamore Resort in Bolton Landing, NY. Quite a fun celebration! Courtesy of vocalist April Marie, we are able to share some video. So, here’s The Birth of the Blues featuring vocalist Bob Father with The Joey Thomas Big Band.
What a song! The Birth of the Blues music was written by Ray Henderson with the lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva and Lew Brown. Published in 1926, it was recorded in 1927 by “Whispering” Jack Smith, the Hamilton Sisters and Fordyce (Three X Sisters), and by Cab Calloway, in 1943 or 1944.
And, of course, the great song man himself, Mr. Frank Sinatra, had it as a hit later on. It was frequently performed by popular singers such as Bing Crosby, Sammy Davis, Jr., Shirley Bassey, Keely Smith, Jack Teagarden, Pearl Bailey, and Al Hirt.
For some being invited to a wedding can cause great angst. However, one of the favorite roles of The Joey Thomas Big Band is as a dance band. We’re loading the truck for another fall wedding. It’s always interesting to work with couples as they make their music selections and see what we can do and the creativity often evolves out of a joyful occasion. And, of course, watching everyone have fun is the cherry on top!