Five By Design | Club Swing

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Club Swing

by Five By Design

Irresistible vocal harmony that captures all the sophistication and elegance of the swing era with a blend that is both vibrant and smooth.
Genre: Jazz: Swing/Big Band
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Traffic Jam/Bugle Call Rag
3:14 $0.99
2. Begin the Beguine
3:44 $0.99
3. It Don't Mean a Thing
2:19 $0.99
4. Hut Sut Song
2:29 $0.99
5. Dream
5:46 $0.99
6. Dig Down Deep
2:19 $0.99
7. Choo Choo Ch'Boogie
3:32 $0.99
8. Pistol Packin' Mama
2:52 $0.99
9. Five Minutes More
2:53 $0.99
10. In the Mood
3:45 $0.99
11. Bumble Boogie
3:17 $0.99
12. Cocktails for Two
3:15 $0.99
13. In the Cool of the Evening
2:38 $0.99
14. Mona Lisa
4:58 $0.99
15. Open the Door Richard
2:58 $0.99
16. Something's Gotta Give
3:41 $0.99
17. Cara de Payaso
2:02 $0.99
18. One for My Baby
4:44 $0.99
19. Sing, Sing, Sing
3:25 $0.99
20. So Long for Awhile
0:44 $0.99
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Album Notes
Five By Design\'s signature harmonies have withstood the test of time in a career that stands out on America\'s musical landscape, spanning more than fifteen years. This nationally-acclaimed vocal quintet has been the choice of symphony orchestras and performing art centers delighting hundreds of thousands of fans.

But Five By Design\'s creative talents go far beyond their vocal prowess. As the the creative talent behind Radio Days, Club Swing, and Stay Tuned, their productions showcase the group\'s penchant for storytelling and the comedic. Whether backed by symphony orchestra or studio big band, Five By Design embraces the unforgettable melodies, lush harmonies, and swinging rhythms that evoke the names of Miller, Mancini and Mercer.

The Minnesota-based Five By Design includes Lorie Carpenter-Niska, Sheridan Zuther, Kurt Niska, Michael Swedberg, and Terrence Niska. Four of the five members have been singing together since 1986. The group’s familial ties include brothers Terrence and Kurt Niska and the husband-wife duo of Kurt and Lorie Niska and childhood collaborator, Michael Swedberg. The creative team is supported by in-house Artist Representatives Alton Accola, Cathy Scott and Midge Swedberg. Their technical team currently includes Sound Engineer Phil Henrickson (since 1987) and Technical Director Laurel Stinson.

Radio Days, Five By Design’s flagship production, debuted in the 1980\'s as a patriotic tribute to the “golden age of radio,” commemorating the 50th anniversary of World War II. Nearly two decades later, Radio Days still receives great reviews. The Washington Post heralded its Kennedy Center debut with the National Symphony Orchestra as “one of the best pops performances of the season.”

With the success of Radio Days and the renewed interest in swing, the Baltimore Symphony requested another production from Five By Design ultimately leading to the Baltimore premiere of Club Swing in 2001. The show follows the rise and fall of the big band era from 1937-1955 at the fictional Hotel Crosby, “where the music’s hot, the drinks are cool, and the legend lives forever.” The Club Swing soundtrack was recorded with a big band headed by Willis Delony, Five By Design’s principal pianist/conductor.

Combining their warm, well-rounded signature vocals with vintage fashions and a bit of theatrical panache, Five By Design unveiled their third production in 2006. Stay Tuned is a nod to the “television variety show” and American culture from 1950-1966.

Five By Design enjoys the great fortune of working with outstanding orchestrators including: Lovell Ives, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Professor Emeritus of Jazz Studies; Willis Delony, Professor of Jazz Studies at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and film score orchestrator, Maury Laws, noted most for his work on the Rankin-Bass animated specials including “Frosty, the Snowman” and “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” While the vocal arrangements are the creative work of Five By Design, their orchestrators bring those charts to life with unparalleled expertise.

National media exposure includes National Public Radio’s “Weekend Edition–Sunday” and “Swingin’ Down the Lane”; and a feature story in “Symphony” magazine. With a touring itinerary averaging 60-plus performances each season, their talents have taken them across the country, up into Canada and as far away as the Bosphorus International Music Festival in Istanbul, Turkey.



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Smooth swinging vocals
The samples are indicative of the high level of musicianship on the CD. The voices blend very nicely, and the arrangements are very good throughout. I especially like "Mona Lisa" and "Dream". This music deserves a large audience, but I have no idea how they would get any airplay given the format on the radio now. So, do yourself a favor and buy the CD, you'll have many hours of enjoyable listening.

Dorothy Lehman

Wonderful music, CD is excellent.