Finallyalone with You!!
This is Berman's Contemporary Jazz debut CD, after an illustrious career with the 50's Doo-Wop Group, 'The Cleftones'!! Berman was raised in Queens,New York where he graduated from Jamaica High School.He loved sports and was a member of the Varsity basketball team which won the city championship,circa '55,however he quit prematurely before having a chance to play in the championship game which was played at the original Madison Sq. Gardens Arena. Berman did eventually peform at Madison Sq. Gardens however, as a member of the 'Cleftones'!!Berman always enjoyed singing and was asked by a fellow student to perform in support of her candidacy for school president.During that time Berman met some fellow classmates and helped to form 'The Cleftones',who enjoyed a successful career appearing throughout the U.S. and Canada with the likes of DELLA REESE,CHUCK BERRY,FATS DOMINO,& LITTLE RICHARD. Berman comes from a long line of artistic people.His Grandfather taught music at Virginia State University,his father played the Cornet,his sister, Joan was an accomplished piano player & her daughter Stephanie is currently the head of the Piano Department at C.W. Post University,Long Island,New York.So you see he comes by his talent naturally!!!!!!! 'The Cleftones' had a very successful run through the mid 50's and early 60's with hits, such as, 'Little Girl of Mine', 'Can't We Be Sweethearts', and 'Heart and Soul'.Some of their music has been featured in Motion Pictures such as 'Good Fellas',The Bronx Tale'& 'American Graffiti'.The group was recently inducted into 'The Doo-Wop Hall Of Fame Of America',Boston,Massachusetts as well as in The Group Harmony Hall Of Fame in New York City.However, with the invasion of the 'Beatles' in the early sixties, the Doo-Wop era came to an end.Berman's love for the Big Band era motivated him to embark on a solo career. Although he enjoyed his time with 'The Cleftones',Berman always wanted to sing 'The great American Songbook songs popularized by the likes of Frank Sinatra,Mel Torme,Mat Monro,& the great Nat 'King' Cole!!The subsequent CD resulted, which by the way was reviewed by music critic Bill Meridith of the 'TGIF' section of 'The Palm Beach Post Newspapaer'.Bill stated Berman was right on with his interpertation of these American Standards.Berman was also/04 profiled in 'Wellington,the Magazine',Wellington,Florida where he was acclaimed as 'Wellingtons' celebrity with alot of 'Heart'n' Soul'Berman recently performed along with Issac Hayes,Chaka Khan,& Roberta Flack[4/2/05]at the Jazz& Blues Festival in Riviera Beach,Florida where he was well received!!If you enjoyed this CD be sure to check out Berman's latest offering 'The Best Of Everything'!!