Saturday, April 28th
Scott Whitfield and Ginger Berglund
So who are Ginger & Scott?
Jazz gem Ginger Berglund has been crafting a multi-faceted career since her earliest days as cornerstone of her church's children's choir in Pasadena, CA. Pasadena jazz aficionados regularly vote her "best jazz singer." Her band, Women Without Watches plays in the LA southland area. She sings with the award-winning legendary Pasadena HiFi Monster Jazz Band (of Loch Ness Monster Pub fame). Ginger has sung with Kenny Rankin, recorded with Steve Allen and pianist Paul Smith, and she is a featured singer with the Jumpin' Joz swing band, Pasadena Pops Big Band, the Bruce Eskovitz Quartet, and many other groups. Ginger stars with the Tracy Wells Big Band at Alpine Village in Torrance, CA the second Monday of every month, where she'll sing for your delight and even autograph her CD for you.
Ginger was admitted to the Screen Actor's Guild for her work in the comedy movie "Kiss My Grits." She also appeared in the Martin Scorsese film "The King of Comedy" with Jerry Lewis and Tony Randall. She also worked and performed with Brazilian jazz vocal great Flora Purim and premier percussionist Airto Moreira. Along the way Ginger has worked with one jazz great after another: Danny Gottlieb, Mark Egan, Kei Akagi, Joe Farrell, and Mickey Hart.
Ginger got her first break at 15, debuting with Jim Coday's singing group Vanity Fair at Ronald Reagan's Gubernatorial Inaugural Ball. Other dates quickly followed, including performances at the Dodger Stadium Fourth of July Family Show and Mitzi Gaynor's Christmas Show at LA's Shrine Auditorium.
No slouch academically, Ginger earned a degree in psychology from St. Olaf College in Minnesota. She toured with the famed St. Olaf Choir across Europe, singing for Pope John Paul I in the Sistine Chapel. (Consequently, she is a serious choir junkie and must regularly feed her addiction by appearing as featured soloist and cantor in many Southern California churches.) At St. Olaf Ginger caught kudos for her lead in "Jacques Brel is Alive and Well" and toured in the school's production of "Godspell," which won the National College Theatre Festival Award.
Ginger is a trained opera singer who, just after her BA days, performed with the USC Opera on tour of just about every K-12 school in the LA area.
"The future of art is work, and the future of work is art" is Ginger's favorite quote. We're not sure who penned that (Ginger says it's Thomas Aquinas…) but it sure evokes a lady who works hard, creates gorgeous art through song, and steals our hearts with every performance.
Scott Whitfield (trombonist, composer, arranger, and vocalist) is internationally recognized for his work with contemporary big bands, including the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra and the new edition of Johnny Griffin's Big Soul Band, as well as his own Scott Whitfield Jazz Orchestras (East AND West). In addition to Whitfield's own recordings, his compositions and arrangements have been performed and recorded by such artists as Diva, Maurice Hines, The Pied Pipers, Bill Allred's Classic Jazz Band, and Pete Petersen's 23-strong Collection Jazz Orchestra.
A clinician and guest artist for Bach Stradivarius trombones, Whitfield has appeared throughout the world, from Australia to Zurich, sharing his expertise on trombone technique, improvisation, composition, arranging, and jazz history. He was featured as guest soloist with the United States Army Blues Jazz Ensemble at the 2007 Eastern Trombone Workshop. His transcription book "The J.J. Johnson Collection" (published by Hal Leonard) has inspired not only trombonists, but also jazz improvisers on many instruments, young and old.
Upon settling in New York in 1993, Whitfield became a member of the Nat Adderley Sextet, which also included Jimmy Cobb, Walter Booker, Vincent Herring and Rob Bargad. The group's engagements at Sweet Basil led to fruitful associations with Nnenna Freelon, Frank Wess, Lionel Hampton, Wayne Andre, and many others. Whitfield has also performed in many Broadway show orchestras, and backed the likes of Robert Goulet, Rita Moreno, Marilyn McCoo, Vic Damone, Jack Jones, and Frank Sinatra, Jr. More recently, he was part of the orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl for a special seventieth birthday tribute to Nancy Wilson, which also featured Nnenna Freelon, Patti Austin, James Ingram, Tom Scott, Terence Blanchard, Natalie Cole, and a host of others.
Whitfield served on the jazz faculty at Rutgers University from 1998 to 2002, teaching trombone, composition and arranging, and improvisation, while also coordinating the school's combo program. During this period, one of Scott's composition students placed third in a worldwide field of contestants in the Thad Jones International Jazz Composition Competition.
The Scott Whitfield Jazz Orchestra (first founded in 1986, while Whitfield was pursuing his Master's degree at North Texas State University) now has two incarnations: the SWJO East, based in New York; and the SWJO West, based in Whitfield's new home of Los Angeles. Both of these aggregations feature the top players in the business.
For more than a year, the Scott Whitfield Jazz Orchestra East was in residence at New York's Birdland, the Jazz Corner of the World, culminating in the exciting "Live at Birdland" CD, released in April 2004 on Summit Records. "The Minute Game," featuring the SWJO West, was released in February 2005, and features Whitfield's groundbreaking composition "Hiccups." More recently, "Diamonds For Nat," released in February 2006, is a special 75th Birthday tribute to Whitfield's mentor, the late Nat Adderley, featuring the SWJO East once again. The CD skyrocketed to number five in jazz radio airplay in its third week!
Although Scott now makes his home in Los Angeles, he continues to commute to New York for appearances. His playing, writing, and singing have been compared to that of some of his biggest influences, including Carl Fontana, Frank Rosolino, Thad Jones, Sammy Nestico, Mel Torme, and Jack Jones.
Together, Ginger & Scott bring to the stage their silky vocal blend, innate sense of swing, and reverence for the jazz tradition, evoking memories of Jackie Cain and Roy Kral (among others). The Great American Songbook serves as a centerpiece of their repertoire, but they also perform some of the great jazz classics, along with a sprinkling of original material. Add a dash of international flavoring, and an evening with Ginger & Scott is sure to bring long-lasting musical memories!
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513 N. Oakland Ave.
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