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Born and raised south of the city. Sing Jazz and love everything about it and the people in this area
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At 5:24pm on May 1, 2011, ian kane said…
Hello Adam,

My name is Ian Kane and I have been searching a long time for a male jazz/scat singer to join a jazz vocal trio that I am putting together.

A little background: I moved here 2 years ago from Brooklyn NY with my wife. I had an 8-piece band there that specialized in the American Songbook (1920s - 1940s in particular). I am a professional jazz pianist and arranger and our shows involved a lot of old stage-jazz elements to them (dancers, props, vaudeville, hoofing).

I am trying to re-establish my band here in Pittsburgh, which is AS appropriate a city for such a thing as NYC.
The only difference with the band here is that I am adding a third singer.

Lambert Hendricks & Ross is a big inspiration (I saw your photo with him) as is Louis Prima & Keely Smith.

Listening to your version of "Lady Be Good" here, and given your musical and theater background, I can tell that you would be a great fit for our group.

Would you be interested in meeting up with us to explore the possibility?

If so, you can contact me at ikane1771@aol.com
or call me at 718-687-8374.

To find out more about me, you can visit hoopla-entertainment.com and read my bio there.

We are looking to make some money off of this venture.

I look forward to hearing back from you.

Ian Kane
At 1:06am on February 27, 2009, Jerry Butler said…
I would love to feature "you" as my guest on my show..If I am not your friend..please add me...also please call me @ the offc at 757 538 3540...757 971 3733 for details...click on the banner below to be a guest...JB
At 7:51am on November 23, 2008, Andrew Kirk said…
Thank you for leaving a comment! Sure!
At 7:40pm on August 14, 2008, Jeff Rosenthal said…
Adam,

Just picked up your voicemail from yesterday about a gig. Please call my cel at (412) 956 6027 when you get this message and we'll talk then!

Best,

Jeff
At 6:27am on July 31, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
I have over 124 originals that are highly endorsed by the masters. Want to take on the challenge? I'll hook you up.
At 5:08am on July 28, 2008, Donna Bailey said…
Hi Adam,

You were just great at the Monroeville Jazz Festival last night.
What a big voice! It was so nice to meet you and your beautiful wife. I hope to hear you again, soon!
Donna
At 7:48pm on June 1, 2008, Devorah Segall said…
hey Adam Lady Be Good sounds great...can't hear the other tracks though..maybe you can re-post them?
All the best
Devorah
At 11:34pm on May 5, 2008, Virgil Walters said…
The July 26th gig has been in the book for a while. Let me know what else you have going.
Virgil
At 3:27am on April 16, 2008, Benny Benack III said…
Yeahh absolutely. I loved your cotton tail the other nite at the rhythm house you definetely sing from the heart it was great to hear
At 6:47am on April 9, 2008, Michele Bensen said…
HELLO ADAM,
YES, I ADMIT IT, I WAS THERE. HOPE YOU DON'T HOLD IT AGAINST ME! I WORK WITH THE GROVE DOCTORS FOR SPECIAL EVENTS AND WEDDINGS FROM TIME TO TIME. THAT WAS A VERY NICE WEDDING. WHAT A DIVERSE BUNCH OF FOLKS. i REALLY HAD A GOOD TIME. HOPE THAT ANSWERS YOUR QUESTION.

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