Back in the Eighth Grade, I loved the Beatles, the Dave Clark Five, the Beach Boys - I even had a special thing for Petula Clark.... But I wore out my copy of Miles' E.S.P.! When my interest in music, and jazz in particular, was reawakened a few years ago, I suppose it's fair to say that I didn't know what I was getting into. Man, what a trip ! First, I went out and bought a drum kit, and began to play. Started to sing, met some great musos, and started to play a few local gigs. All the time I listened...and listened....and listened. To tunes I've loved forever, and some I'd never heard. To bop and to ballads, old and new. To Frank and Tony, Mel and Chet - to me, no one ever sounded as sweet as Chet. I listened to Betty Carter, Nancy Wilson and Shirley Horn, and to Ella and Sassy. And to Kurt, Dianne, and Diana. So I suppose this album represents the next step on this wonderful journey, a way for me to pay homage to these great singers and songwriters, who've brought us all so much joy. Some of the tunes are standards, some are "unsung heroes". (Oscar Levant once labeled his own Blame It On My Youth a "minor standard" - I think it's one of the prettiest ballads ever). Joining me are three of the finest NJ jazz musos - Bob Rodriguez on piano, Lou Pappas bass, and Jon Berger on drums with the soulful tenorist Phil Chester joining in on two ballads. So spell us JimmieJazz, Jimmie Jazz, Jimmy Jazz - spell us swingin' !!!