Tom Kubis Big Band: Keep Swingin’

At least some of the millions of people who remember Steve Allen’s longstanding tenure on late-night TV will also recall his ongoing love for jazz and his regular showcasing of major and emerging jazzmen. However, that he has also been for many years a prolific songwriter may not be as well known. With an outstanding orchestra composed of top West Coast soloists and sectionmen, tenorman/ sopranist/arranger Tom Kubis here presents 17 Allen tunes ranging from swingers through ballads, blues and bossas. In addition to Kubis, soloists include trumpeter/vocalist Jack Sheldon, guitarist Cirant Geissman, trumpeters George Graham, Jeff Bunnell, and Stan Martin, trombonists Charlie Morillas, Andy Martin and Alex Iles, altoman Sal Lozano, tenorman Rusty Higgins and pianist Jack Reidling.