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LAINIE COOKE - CELEBRATING THE SONGS OF BENNY CARTER
WITH ZACCAI CURTIS (PIANO), LUQUES CURTIS (BASS), RALPH PETERSON (DRUMS), & MYRON WALDEN (SAX)

LAINIE COOKE – began her singing career at age 6 on radio and TV in her home town of Minneapolis. Arriving in NYC in the 1960’s she became one of the most successful voice over actors in the country while continuing to appear in clubs in New York, Los Angeles, and Jamaica, WI. Her CD’s Here’s to Life, It’s Always You and The Music is the Magic received rave reviews from critics causing one to write "Listening to Lainie Cooke’s third album, one is likely to wonder why a singer this talented is not better known.” (Alex Henderson, The New York City Jazz Record) and another to suggest that “… her passionate performances should be heard at every opportunity,” (Don Heckman, International Review of Music).
Bennett Lester Carter (August 8, 1907 – July 12, 2003) was an American jazz alto saxophonist, clarinetist, trumpeter, composer, arranger, and bandleader. He was a major figure in jazz from the 1930s to the 1990s, recognized as such by other jazz musicians who called him King, Carter performed with major artists from several generations of jazz. The National Endowment for the Arts honored Carter with the 1986 NEA Jazz Masters Award. He was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987, and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1994. In 2000 he was awarded the National Endowment for the Arts, National Medal of Arts, presented by President Bill Clinton.

“The songs (music and lyrics) of Benny Carter have been mostly over shadowed by his gifts as a player and arranger. I am thrilled to be able to bring this music to Birdland and to do it with this exciting and talented band. Having recorded The Music is the Magic with Myron, Luques and Ralph (who also produced it) the addition of Zaccai makes the “family” complete. “ Lainie Cooke - www.lainiecooke.com