February 26, 2011
The Saints of Swing, a band featuring vocalist Miss Rene Bailey, are an extraordinary collective of some of the area’s finest musicians, specializing in eclectic selections of sizzling swing, spicy New Orleans-style Dixieland, down-and-dirty blues and even foot-stompin’ Gospel… tantalizing tuba licks included.
The Saints are led by David Winograd on tuba/upright bass. Other regulars of the ensemble include Dale DeMarco on reeds, and Mike Kull, piano.
Rene Bailey uses her vocal clarity to sell the blues with true feeling. Combining gospel, jazz, and rhythm/blues, she has performed with such greats as Louis Armstrong, B.B. King, Aretha Franklin, Dave Brubeck, Ruth Brown, Paul Anka, Sam Cooke, and many more…
Rene Bailey started singing gospel as a young girl in her Georgia church. Moving north to Connecticut, she hit the New York City scene where she sang blues and jazz. The transition from gospel to nightclub work came naturally, and Rene became the featured vocalist at the Peg Leg Bates Country Club for over 20 years.
In church it’s called “shouting” – the gospel dance. “They get up and shout and shout and shout.” In a nightclub when Rene Bailey sings and “it” hits, you holler, “Yes, indeed!”
With Mike Kull on keys; Dale DeMarco on sax, clarinet, flute, and vocals; Miss Rene Bailey and vocals; and David Winograd on upright bass and tuba.
This show had already been rescheduled from earlier in the month, due to winter weather conditions.
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