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“A New York City Subway Christmas” Featured on the Spin-o-Rama Show

December 18, 2016

Thanks to Esther for putting “A NYC Subway Christmas” (with Tony LaVorgna) on her delightful Christmas show. Click here to listen to the show.  Play it at your holiday party!

If you’ve found us through the Spin-o-Rama show, thanks for listening! You will find “A New York City Subway Christmas” here.

“A delightful compilation of 12 well-loved Christmas songs performed in the happy swingin’ style of Richie Kaye’s Music & Mirth. As heard at the Holiday Fair in Grand Central Terminal in the bustling metropolis of New York City. You’ll love it!”

Additions to the Repetoire

December 14, 2016

News songs added to the repetoire this week:

Those, Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer (Nat Cole)
Nel blu di pinto di blu (Domenico Modugno)
Night Life (Ray Price)
Music to Watch Girls By (Andy Williams)
On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (The Peddlers)
Tequila Sheila (Bobby Bare)
Mambo Italiano (Rosie Clooney)

Ernesto Vega and Richie Kaye — A New Musical Collaboration

November 9, 2016

We’re pleased to tell you of a new duo:  Richie Kaye (guitar/voice) and Ernesto Camilo Vega (clarinet/saxophone/flute).

Over the next few weeks, we’ll release a series of videos of mostly new and original music, plus a few surprises from the back catalog.    All melody, strong grooves, richly expressive.

Stay tuned for the release of our first video this Friday, November 11, 2016!

When High Culture and Low Culture LIked Each Other

November 1, 2016

Before 1967 in America, high culture met low culture and they liked each other very much.

This scene from Meet Me in Las Vegas (1956), with Sammy Davis, Jr., singing over, is an excellent example of skilled talent transforming what is base and common into the aesthetic and ethereal. Popular and cultured, at the same time.

Go for quality, as high as you can reach it and then go even further. This is the work of the Artist, not simply the mere regurgitation of everyday life. An inspiration, watching this.

Click on this link to watch a short video in the Warner archive:

https://www.facebook.com/warnerarchiveinstant/videos/300202423697645/

New Video Shooting Today

October 28, 2016

Off to the studio to shoot a second video. This time with a surprise guest. More to come shortly.  You’re going to love this!

7 New Numbers Added to the Solo Show

October 25, 2016
7 new numbers added to the solo show repertoire:
 
Little Girl Blue (Margaret Whiting)
This Time I Hurt Her More Than She Loves Me (Conway Twitty)
Teenage Queen (Rick Derringer)
There Will Never Be Another You (Frances Faye)

O Morro Nao Tem Vez (Jobim), sung in Portuguese
Vete de Mi (Bola de Nieve), sung in Spanish
Monster Mash (Bobby Pickett), sung in Monster

Marriott and Starwood Hotel Engagement

October 21, 2016

I was very pleased to play for the executive management of the Marriott and Starwood hotel chain here in Houston today.  Thank you for having me!

Clarinet Ragatony!

October 9, 2016
Clarinet Ragatony, written by Tony LaVorgna, from our CD, The Last Whoop-dee-doo! now with exciting video!
 

The Track That Made Me Want to Play Guitar

October 3, 2016

This is the track that made me want to play the guitar (“Cast Your Fate to the Wind,” written by Vince Guaraldi). Even now I admire the playing on it.

In the mid-60s, Al Sherman (Alshire and Budget Sound, Inc.) produced the 101 Strings Orchestra records to sell at a budget price between $2.00 and $3.00.
Fantastically successful with sales of the physical product, he hired hundreds of players, arrangers and conductors over the years, all the top people, such as Nelson Riddle, Les Baxter, Tommy Tedesco, Al Caiola and so many others… I have often wished I could get my hands on his session records, if they still exist!

Muzak, yes, but the guitar playing is awesome — find me a dozen American players who are playing this lyrically today and I’ll buy you a flute of champagne, no, make that a bottle of Veuve Cliquot!

And one other track from that album, Guitars Galore, with four guitars and sensational solos. Very 1966!

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