I hope your holiday was filled with good food/friends/family/frenzy. I personally am still recovering from the food and fun.
And now, for the big announcement: we are putting out a new album!
The Bullettes Septet has been playing monthly at the Carlyle Club, so we decided to put that vibe to tape and put out a swing album. We hope you enjoy! We are introducing a new drummer in town – her name is Angeliqua Bethea and she is a Freshman at GMU this year. She’s grown up through the Ellington program (with some of the band members as her mentors) so it’s great to have her come full circle and play with us!
CD Release Shows:
Tuesday, December 9th
Gotta Swing Presents: Bullettes Septet at the Carlyle Club
411 John Carlyle Street, Alexandria, VA
9 – 10:30 PM
Swing dance! Come out and meet new people! We have new charts and maybe even a holiday tune or two!
Sunday, December 21st
House Show in Falls Church, Virginia
4 – 6 PM
Holiday Show – Kid friendly!
This is the second year we have been invited back to play at John Dapogny’s house. Quite possibly my favorite gig of the year because the vibe there is so kind. If you’re interested, please email me or John Dapogny at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia.
I’m also playing at Dukem Jazz on December 11th if you’re in the area. That’s not an official Bullettes show, but I’ll have CDs there. 9 pm – 12 am, no cover, jam session starts at 10:30 pm.
Click here to hear some “teaser” snippets from the upcoming album:
Click here to see the super cool 3D visual of the album.
“It Don’t Mean A Thing…”
CD Release December 9th, 2014
Jessica Boykin-Settles – vocals
Leigh Pilzer – alto, tenor sax
Halley Shoenberg – clarinet, tenor sax
Shannon Gunn – trombone
Lianna Gekker – piano
Cyndy Elliott – bass
Angeliqua Bethea – drums
1. Warm Woman Blues – by Bob Fields, adapted by Cyndy Elliott
2. It Don’t Mean A Thing – by Mills/Ellington, arr. Leigh Pilzer
3. Thaddish – by Leigh Pilzer
4. How High The Moon – by Hamilton/Lewis, arr. Wolpe, adapted by Leigh
5. Lady Bird – by Tadd Dameron, adapted by Shannon Gunn
6. Blue Moo – by Leigh Pilzer
7. Shore Thing – by Cyndy Elliott
8. Bye Bye Blackbird – by Dixon/Henderson, adapted by Leigh Pilzer
Hope to see you soon!