The Blue Bird Society Orchestra owes its roots to Vince Giorodano's Nighthawks, as all members of this band are alumni of the latter. Specializing in classic jazz, pop, and novelty numbers of the 1920s and '30s, Giorodano broke up his group (only to re-form it a short time later), though it did not deter the musicians, who promptly organized the Blue Bird Society Orchestra under the leadership of bassist/brass player Jim Lawler. There are several terrific soloists who would gain a great deal of exposure during the '90s, including clarinetist Ken Peplowski, trumpeter Randy Sandke and guitarist/banjo player Howard Alden. With occasional vocal features for Jim Leifert (including "Dinah" and the now obscure "I Want to Be in Winchell's Column"), the music is not simply a tour in nostalgia but a fresh look at many vintage songs. The band has long since disbanded, as has the Stash label which issued this CD, but it still is fairly easy to acquire.
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