Marlene Ver Planck Celebrates New CD BALLADS...MOSTLY at Shanghai Jazz Tonight

Marlene Ver Planck Celebrates New CD BALLADS...MOSTLY at Shanghai Jazz Tonight

Marlene Ver Planck will celebrate the release of her new CD "Ballads...mostly" tonight, June 23rd with two shows, at 6:00pm and 7:30pm, at Shanghai Jazz, 24 Main Street, Madison, NJ, with Tedd Firth-piano and Jay Leonhart-bass.

Call 973.822.2899 or email for more information. Parking in rear. No cover charge. Food outrageously good.

Marlene VerPlanck is constantly recognized for her crystal clear voice, choice of material, and superb musicians. This, her 22nd cd, is no exception. A former studio singer and the voice of hundreds of commercials, she has sung backup to everyone from Sinatra to Kiss. Her solo CDs include, George Shearing, Hank Jones, Tommy Flanagan, Dr. Billy Taylor, Marian McPartland and many others. She constantly works around the country and tours the UK every year the whole month of March.

On, "Ballads...mostly", you will find her with a stellar group of instrumentalists. Pianist, and three time emmy award recipient for his work on Sesame Street, Mike Renzi, shines on eight tracks doing what he does best, accompanying a singer. Houston Person, has recorded seventy five of his own cd's, and one one of the most in demand tenor men in the business, joins Marlene on four gorgeous Harry Warren ballads. The warm, fluid sound combining post bop and Brazilian elements comes from the flugle horn of, grammy nominee, Claudio Roditi. Tedd Firth, a bright new star on the New York scene, shows amazing skills on the keyboard of seven more tracks; Jay Leonhart and Boots Maleson share the bass lines, and Ron Vincent displays his sensitive drum work.


1. I WISH I KNEW, 3:45 (Harry Warren, Mack Gordon)
2. WITCHCRAFT, 3:40 (Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh)
3. MY DREAM IS YOURS, 5:00 (Harry Warren, Harry Blaine)
4. LOVE DANCE, 5:45 (Ivan Linz, Paul Williams)
5. I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU, 4:45 (Harry Warren, Al Dubin)
6. IT AMAZES ME, 4:30 (Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh)
7. BABY DREAM YOUR DREAM, 2:50 (Cy Coleman, Dorothy Fields)
8. THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER YOU, 4:32 (Harry Warren, Mack Gordon)
9. THE RULES OF THE ROAD 3:17 (Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh)
10. I'M GONNA LAUGH YOU RIGHT OUR OF MY LIFE 4:30 (Cy Coleman, Joseph A. McCarthy)
11. I WALK A LITTLE FASTER, 4:38 (Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh)
12. LISTEN TO THE PIANO MAN, 3:25 (Ronnie Whyte)
13. Why Try To Change Me Now, 4:33 (Cy Coleman, Joseph A. McCarthy)
14.YOU FASCINATE ME SO, 3:10 (Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh)
15.WHY WAS I THINKING OF SPRINGTIME, 4:10 (. Billy VerPlanck, Leon Nock)

Arrangements: J. Billy VerPlanck, Tracks 1,6,7,9,10,11,14