The latest CD release from the Now and Then Trio. Featuring our good friends Connie Parker, Tommy Newsom, and Billy Williams. Reviewed here.
Featuring Our Friends
Connie Parker, vocals. Virginia jazz vocalist and pianist Connie Parker is affectionately known as “Lovely Lady C”. Her appearances are eagerly awaited by her listeners who are mesmerized by her sounds that range from progressive jazz, R&B, and pop to other varieties of music. Connie plays to the crowd till they’re on their feet singing. She has been delighting lovers of jazz with her cognac-smooth crooning and unbeatable humor since her debut in 1975. She has opened for such great as Count Basie, Stanley Turrentine, Lou Rawls, Roy Ayers, Angela Bofill, Noel Pointer, Roberta Flack and Les McCann. She has also teamed with Tommy Newsom of the “Tonight Show”, Pieces of a Dream, Donald Byrd, Hank Crawford and Arthur Prysock. In 1984, WRAP Radio Station awarded Connie the “Ella Fitzgerald Award for the Jazz Vocalist of the Year”. A phrase currently being used in a local advertisement clearly describes Lady C: “When Lady C Sings, its worth taking note”.
Tommy Newsom, tenor saxophone. Millions of fans of The Tonight Show from the 1960s to early '90s would attest to Tommy's outstanding musicianship. He joined The Tonight Show in 1962, rising from band member to Assistant Music Director, and gaining renown across America as favored straight man to Johnny Carson's deadpan humor. The Tonight Show received five Emmy awards during Newsom's years with the show. Tommy Newsom has arranged and composed music for Skitch Henderson, Woody Herman, Beverly Sills, Kenny Rogers, Charlie Byrd, John Denver and other performers. His awards include National Outstanding Jazz Musician and a Cleo Award for his American Airlines radio commercial. Back home, his Portsmouth Virginia supporters honored him with "Tommy Newsom Day" in 1980.
Billy Williams, drums. A recent graduate of the Govenor’s School for the Arts in Norfolk, VA, Billy is a music major at Virginia Commonwealth University. Throughout his short career as a musician, he has had the opportunity to work with some very talented people whom have influenced him a great deal. He says, “I am thankful for every opportunity I have to play music as I realize that it is a gift from the creator. I’m striving every day to reach my goals”. Visit Billy online at bwdrumz.com.