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Kim Hawkey and The Swingaroos


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Kim Hawkey and The Swingaroos

Nov 11, 2019

Kim Hawkey and The Swingaroos
The Iridium NYC
1650 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
(corner of 51st and Broadway)
Monday, November 11

Led by the resourceful and highly pneumatic singer Kim Hawkey, the Swingaroos (I still don’t care for the name, BTW) started as a more traditional neo Hot Jazz Sextet, but one that concentrated increasingly on classic showtunes and vintage Hollywood - more Rodgers & Hart than King Oliver, more Cole Porter than Jelly Roll Morton. Over the last few years they’ve evolved into one of the music’s more dynamic, high-energy ensembles, and sparked by the indefatigable Miss Hawkey, they’re still one of the most consistently entertaining acts around. Working with pianist and arranger Assaf Gleizner, she’s come up with two genuinely show-stopping numbers, a two-beat version of Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s “The Music of the The Night” (the title of their new album) that thoroughly rewrites the Phantom love theme into a swing-era flag waver with “Sing! Sing! Sing!”-inspired tom-tom-ing, and a rather hysterical mash-up medley titled “11 O’Clock Number” - I won’t give away the central gag, but it’s guaranteed to amuse even the most jaded Broadway buff.

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Author: Will Friedwald
Photography by: STEPHEN SOROKOFF

Author: Will Friedwald

Will Friedwald writes about music and popular culture for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, VANITY FAIR and PLAYBOY magazine and reviews current shows for THE CITIVIEW NEW YORK. He also is the author of nine books, including the award-winning A BIOGRAPHICAL GUIDE TO THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP SINGERS, SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU, STARDUST MELODIES, TONY BENNETT: THE GOOD LIFE, LOONEY TUNES & MERRIE MELODIES, and JAZZ SINGING. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and other documentaries. He is also a consultant and curator for Apple Music.

New Books:

THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP VOCAL ALBUMS (Pantheon Books / Random House, November 2017)

SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU - NEW REVISED EDITION (Chicago Review Press, May 2018)