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Amanda Carr : Common Thread with the Kenny Hadley Big Band

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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