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Amanda Carr : Common Thread with the Kenny Hadley Big Band

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Bostonian Amanda Carr can make the remarkable claim of having performed with the Artie Shaw, Harry James and Glenn Miller orchestras. True, they were all modern-day “ghost” versions of those classic outfits, but such experience finds her well prepared for her first big-band album, fronting the 16-piece ensemble that drummer Kenny Hadley has been leading on and off for more than 20 years. Hadley and Carr first teamed two years ago for Soon, a fine collection of standards in a small group setting that seemed ideally suited to her elegantly intuitive, Carmen McRae-meets-Nancy Wilson style.

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