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It's the Girl!

by Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys

Scintillating hot, lovely and melodic pre-code jazz music of the 1920’s and 30’s from film and cartoons. The most Jazz Age joy you can find in on package. Delectable wit, vigor and musicianship, performed with authentic style and grace.
Genre: Jazz: Retro Swing
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1. Sing to Me
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2. Doin' the Uptown Lowdown
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3. In a Little Garden
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4. It's the Girl
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5. Close Your Eyes
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6. Old Man of the Mountain
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7. East St. Louis Toodle-Oo
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8. I Double Dare You
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9. I'm Gonna Meet My Sweetie Now
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10. Let's Don't and Say We Did
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11. Look What You've Done to Me
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12. Willow Weep for Me
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13. You Learn About Love Everyday
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14. Left Bank Medley: Bad Boys of Belleville / La Route Bleu
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15. Shiny Shoes
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16. The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise
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17. Music Makes Me
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18. Moonglow
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
“It’s the Girl!” - CD Press Release 6/13/15

Janet Klein & Her Parlor Boys
Purveyors of rare and scintillating early Jazz, Tin Pan Alley & Vaudeville tunes of the 1920s and 30s
Present their 8th CD release
It’s The Girl!

THE MOST JAZZ AGE FUN YOU CAN FIND IN ONE PACKAGE!

The long awaited 8th CD by Janet Klein & Her Parlor Boys is OUT! Entitled “It’s the Girl!” the disc is jam packed with delicious delights. All the sensational titillation and panache of pre-code era music-making is here in this ensemble’s latest 2015 tour de force.

Well worth the wait (last release “Whoopee Hey Hey!” 2010), this is surely the band’s most ambitious project to date.

With band arrangements that certainly would have delighted Hal Roach, the group is at the top of its game. Eleven of the eighteen songs are culled from old films, including Wheeler and Woolsey comedies, and Vitaphone Vaudeville performance shorts.

With top-notch ensemble musicianship on par with a studio orchestra of the 1930s, the group here has added original newly composed sections that seamlessly interweave with the old to make a final product even more thrilling than the original. Two transcending examples to note are the effervescent mid-sections of “I Double Dare You” and the dark sexy tango interlude in “Close Your Eyes”.

Rare archeological treasures abound on Janet’s CDs and this latest is no exception.

In the hands of these early jazz hunters, better known song selections like “Moonglow” and “Willow Weep for Me”, shine like new as the band has gone the extra mile to unearth little known and rarely performed verse sections. Leaving no stone unturned, Janet and the band bring to life hot jazz, tin pan alley and ballads from early twentieth century radio, film, dance halls, nightclubs, Vaudeville and even conjure some cartoon music of the time.

To support the immersive adventure, together with cartoonist, Thom Foolery, the group built and painted a full-scale cartoon set, ala 1920’s Felix the Cat and early Disney’s Little Alice silent cartoons. The set was constructed as an interactive space for Janet’s black and white clad band to mug and frolic for imaginative CD packaging photos and a music video: YouTube - “Sing To Me”. The original inspiration of live action actors mixing it up in a cartoon environment is drawn from Max Fleischer’s office antics with animated characters Koko the Clown, Bosko and Betty Boop leaping off the animation cells and the little living girl - Alice walking into 2 dimensional black and white 1920’s cartoonland in Disney’s earliest achievements. The tune “Old Man of the Mountain” sung by band member John Reynolds is originally from a Cab Calloway/Betty Boop cartoon, a live action mash up fantasy of that same title.

For the photos, Janet designed two costumes for herself; one made to resemble a 1920s Max Sennett bathing beauty checkered and rolled stocking get-up and another satin ensemble ala 1930’s Ruby Keeler tapdance outfit that includes two handmade charming, unique and kooky hats, with parts hunted down from the last standing millinery supply house in LA.

Janet & Her Parlor Boys (produced by Robert Loveless) have never sounded so good. The sweet and melodic tunes’ rich tapestry has an immediate sound quality that draws the listener into the inspired performances. As a whole this CD emotes the love the musicians feel for this genre and a playful authentic charm that will appeal to a modern ear.

Janet has been performing early music since 1996 and released her first CD in 1998 - “Come Into My Parlor”. She and the band currently live and perform around Los Angeles and have played in many old music halls and theatres in the US and around the world.

The CD includes two original songs by Ian Whitcomb; an English Yiddish novelty number written about Janet plus the fanciful instrumental “Left Bank Medley” featuring the amazing accordion playing of Josh Kaufman from Petrovich Blasting Co.

Recently (2014-5) Janet’s voice was featured in the Cartoon Network’s “Adventure Time” and “Over the Garden Wall”. She has a hit song (200,000+ views) on YouTube from her most recent characterization as the lovelorn school teacher (Miss Langtree) for forest animals in the exquisitely beautiful cartoon “Over The Garden Wall” Her song “Langtree’s Lament” can be seen and heard - see below “Videos and Clips”


Janet Klein & Her Parlor Boys
Merrymakers of Whoopee!

CD Musician Credits
Benny Brydern -Violin
Corey Gemme – Cornet, T-Bone & Percussion
Marquis Howell – Stand Up Bass
Josh Kaufman – Accordion
Janet Klein – Vocal & Ukulele
Dan Levinson – Clarinet, C-Melody Sax & Tenor Sax
Geoff Nudell – Alto Sax, Bass Clarinet & Clarinet
John Reynolds – National Steel Tricone Guitar, Banjo, Vocals
Jonathan Stout – Drums
Ian Whitcomb - Vocal
Randy Woltz – Piano, Celeste & Vibraphone


TRACK LISTING
1. Sing To Me
Composed by Brown/Freed 1933
Transcribed and arrangement by Randy Woltz

Benny -Violin
Corey – Cornet, Trombone & Percussion
Marquis – Stand Up Bass
Janet – Vocal
Dan - Clarinet & Tenor Sax
Geoff - Alto Sax
John - Guitar
Randy – Piano

2. Doin’ The Uptown Lowdown
Composed by Mack Gordon & Harry Revel 1933
Randy Woltz Charts & Arrangement

Benny - Violin
Corey – Cornet
Marquis – Stand Up Bass
Janet – Vocal
Dan – Clarinet, C-Melody & Tenor Sax
Geoff –Alto Sax, Clarinet & Bass Clarinet
John - Guitar
Randy – Piano & Drums

3. In A Little Garden
Composed by (Earl Whittemore & Felices Iula) 1926
Horns and special section written & arranged by Randy Woltz

Benny - Violin
Corey – Cornet
Marquis – Stand Up Bass
Janet – Vocal
Dan - C-Melody Sax & Clarinet
Geoff – Tenor + Alto Sax & Bass Clarinet
John – Banjo
Jonathan – Drums
Randy – Piano, Vibraphone & Celeste

4. It’s The Girl
Composed by Baer & Oppenheim 1931
Arranged by Randy Woltz & Band

Benny -Violin
Corey – Cornet
Marquis – Stand Up Bass
Janet – Vocal
Dan – Clarinet & C-Melody Sax
Geoff - Clarinet
John - Guitar
Jonathan – Drums
Randy – Piano





5. Close Your Eyes
Composed by Petkere 1932
Horns written by players + added section written & by Randy Woltz

Benny -Violin
Corey – Cornet
Marquis – Stand Up Bass
Janet Klein – Vocal
Dan – C-Melody Sax & Clarinet
Geoff –Bass Clarinet
John - Guitar
Jonathan – Drums
Randy - Piano & Vibraphone

6. Old Man Of The Mountain
Composed by Victor Young & George Brown 1932
Arranged by John Reynolds & Band

Corey – Cornet & Vocal
Marquis – Stand Up Bass & Vocal
Dan – C-Melody Sax, Clarinet & Vocal
Geoff – Bass Clarinet & Vocal
John – Guitar & Lead Vocal
Jonathan – Drums
Randy – Piano, Vibs & Vocal

7. East St. Louis Toodle-oo
Composed by Ellington & Miley 1926
Transcribed & Arranged by Randy Woltz

Corey – Cornet & T-Bone
Marquis – Stand Up Bass
Dan – Clarinet
Geoff – Alto Sax
John – Guitar
Jonathan – Drums
Randy – Piano

8. I Double Dare You
Composed by Terry Shand & Jimmy Eaton 1937
Horns written by players + Hrn special section written by Randy Woltz

Benny -Violin
Corey – Cornet
Marquis – Stand Up Bass
Janet – Vocal
Dan – Clarinet + C-Melody Sax
Geoff – Clarinet
John – Guitar
Jonathan – Drums
Randy – Piano

9. I’m Gonna Meet My Sweetie Now
Composed by Benny Davis & Jessee Grier 1926
Horns arranged by Horn Players

Benny -Violin
Corey – Cornet & T-Bone
Marquis – Stand Up Bass
Dan – Clarinet
Geoff – Alto Sax
John – Guitar
Jonathan – Drums
Randy – Piano

10. Let’s Don’t and Say We Did
Composed by Ponce & Flatow 1929

Janet – Vocal
Randy – Piano

11. Look What You’ve Done To Me
Composed by Conrad & Mitchel 1929
Horns arranged by Dan L. and Corey

Benny - Violin
Corey – Cornet
Marquis – Stand Up Bass
Janet – Vocal
Dan – C-Melody Sax
John - Banjo
Jonathan – Drums
Randy – Piano

12. Willow Weep For Me
Composed by Ronell 1932
Transcribed and arranged by Randy W.

Benny - Violin
Corey – Cornet & Trombone
Marquis – Stand Up Bass
Janet – Vocal
Dan - Tenor Sax + Clarinet
Geoff – Alto Sax + Bass Clarinet
John – Guitar
Randy – Piano & Drums

13. You Learn About Love Everyday
Composed by Sitar/Forbstein 1930
Horns arranged by Corey G, and Geoff N.

Benny -Violin
Corey – Trombone & Percussion
Marquis – Stand Up Bass
Janet – Vocal & Ukulele
Geoff – Clarinet
John - Banjo
Randy - Piano

14. Left Bank Medley (Bad Boys of Belleville & La Route Bleu)
Composed by Ian Whitcomb 2012
Arranged by Randy Woltz

Corey – Cornet
Marquis – Stand Up Bass
Josh – Accordions
Geoff – Clarinet & Alto Sax
Dan – C-Melody Sax
John – Banjo
Jonathan – Drums
Randy – Piano & Vibraphone



15. Shiny Shoes
Composed by Ian Whitcomb 2012
Arranged by Randy Woltz

Corey – Cornet
Marquis – Stand Up Bass
Janet - Vocal
Geoff – Clarinet
Dan – Tenor Sax & Clarinet
John – Banjo
Jonathan – Drums
Ian - Vocal
Randy – Piano

16. The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise
Composed by Eugene Lockhart & Ernest Seitz 1919
Arranged by Randy Woltz & Band

Corey – Cornet
Marquis – Stand Up Bass
Janet – Vocal
Dan – Clarinet, C-Melody
Geoff –Alto Sax, Clarinet
John - Banjo
Jonathan – Drums
Randy – Piano

17. Music Makes Me
Composed by Youmans, Kahn & Eliscu 1933
Arranged by Randy Woltz

Benny -Violin
Corey – Cornet & T-Bone
Marquis – Stand Up Bass
Dan – Clarinet
Geoff – Alto Sax & Bass Clarinet
John – Guitar
Jonathan – Drums
Randy – Piano

18. Moon Glow
Composed by Hudson/Mill/DeLange 1933
Hrns arranged by Dan L., Corey, and Geoff

Benny -Violin
Corey – Cornet & T-Bone
Marquis – Stand Up Bass
Josh – Accordion
Janet – Vocal
Dan – Clarinet & Tenor Sax
Geoff – Alto Sax
John – Guitar
Jonathan – Drums
Randy – Piano, Vibraphone & Drums







Janet Klein – Vocal & Ukulele

The Parlor Boys
Benny Brydern -Violin
Corey Gemme – Cornet, T-Bone & Percussion
Marquis Howell – Stand Up Bass
Josh Kaufman – Accordion
Dan Levinson – Clarinet, C-Melody Sax & Tenor Sax
Geoff Nudell – Alto Sax, Bass Clarinet & Clarinet
John Reynolds – National Steel Tricone Guitar, Banjo, Vocals
Jonathan Stout – Drums
Ian Whitcomb - Vocal
Randy Woltz – Piano, Celeste & Vibraphone

Copyright Coeur de Jeanette LLC - 2015

Produced by Robert Loveless

Design concepts Janet Klein, David Barlia, Thom Foolery & Robert Loveless
Design execution – David Barlia
Cartoon Character Design – Thom Foolery

Recorded at Ardent Studio (#3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17)
Recorded at Platinum Studio (#1, 2, 10, 12, 13, 18)
Ardent Studio - Recording Engineer: Rich Wenzel + Assistant: Larson Ghormley
Platinum Studio – Recording Engineer: Paul Hilton

All songs mixed and edited by Robert Loveless assisted by Paul Hilton at Platinum Studio

Photos by David Barlia & Robert Loveless

SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Gina Farina + Family, Kazumi Yamazaki, Amit Itelman, Jerry Beck, Jim Fetterley & Hammer Museum, Mike Kieffer, Jane Lynch, John Bamberger and all our friends

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