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Remember When, a Jazz Vocal Group

During the Spring of 1999, Steve Hawkins was singing Bass in the Sierra Madre Chorale, when the chorale attended a Los Angeles-Orange County Community Choral Festival. At the festival, a special vocal jazz group performed called Vocal Magic, a small ensemble from the Brea Community Chorale. The sound really captured Hawkins’s imagination and he decided to put a vocal group together to sing the same close harmony jazz style. The idea for Remember When was then conceived.

Hawkins had spent 7 years as a Barbershop Baritone and really enjoyed the close harmony group style. “I was always a fan of the small groups, the Johnny Mann Singers, the Hi-Los, the Anita Kerr Singers, and Manhattan Transfer. I really loved that sound.”

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