Ginger & Scott, Ginger Berglund & Scott Whitfield
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Ginger & Scott, Ginger Berglund & Scott Whitfield

Pasadena, California, United States | INDIE | AFTRA

Pasadena, California, United States | INDIE | AFTRA
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"Into The Night: Ginger Does Jazz"

....“Berglund’s soprano voice glides on rhythms and over notes like some celestial being through the galaxy. She can also belt it out and attack a scat solo with conviction. She has a natural and candid approach to jazz, defying linear structure without just blowing a series of riffs. One of her fortes is volcalese, setting lyrics to instrumental numbers and solos, and she’s penned some clever words for “Billie’s Bounce” and “Amazonas”. Berglund moves quite easily between vocal register worlds: in the upper realm her sound is a smooth blend of soprano sax and flute.” Debbie Beyer, Pasadena Weekly - Pasadena Weekly


"US Army Band"

"Scott Whitfield's incredible artistry at the 2007 Eastern Trombone Workshop had everyone in attendance spellbound."
-Harry Watters, ETW Jazz Coordinator
- Eastern Trombone Workshop


"Dave Frishberg"

Yo Scott-- I enjoyed your playing and singing very much. - Dave Frishberg


"Speaking of Love album review"

http://www.jazzreview.com/cd/review-18545.html

Featured Artist: Scott Whitfield

CD Title: Speaking of Love...
Year: 2007
Record Label: Summit Records
Style: Jazz Vocals
Musicians: Scott Whitfield (vocals, trombone), Ted Kooshian (piano), Mary Ann McSweeney (bass), Williard Dyson (drums), Terry Clarke (drums - #2, #6, #9, #14), The Manhattan Vocal Project – Pete McGuinness (lead vocal, trombone), Joe Elefante (vocal, alto saxophone), Scott Whitfield (vocal, trombone), Kevin Osborne (vocal, trombone); Special Guests - Cheryl Bentyne (vocals), Marvin Stamm (trumpet, flugelhorn), Scott Robinson (tenor and bass saxophone, bass flute), Bucky Pizzarelli (guitar), Memo Acevedo (percussion)
Review: Trombonist and bandleader Scott Whitfield pares things down a bit. Instead of fronting one of his two orchestras (The Scott Whitfield Jazz Orchestra East based in New York and The Scott Whitfield Jazz Orchestra West based in Los Angeles, CA,) he’s with his quintet and exercises his vocal chords and lays down lush and lovely instrumental and vocal arrangements for his latest release on Summit Records, Speaking of Love… This CD is for lovers with a sweet tooth.

Whitfield reaches back to a genre that seems to tempt the stodgiest of us to feel warmth smack dab in the center of our hearts. Along with love song standards, he pens his own, like his rompish “I’m a Romantic Sap” (featuring Marvin Stamm on muted trumpet and Scott Robinson on tenor saxophone,) in which he sings and plays, and the crooner “Two People” (with the Manhattan Vocal Project.) “Only At Lonely Times” is given a blushed Brazilian tinge with guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli and percussionist Memo Acevedo. Scott Robinson’s bass flute is just audible above the lilting rhythm formed by Acevedo and drummer Terry Clarke. This composition is by pianist Rodgers Grant, who’s worked with, among other jazz artists, percussionists Mongo Santamaria and T.S. Monk. Manhattan Transfer member Cheryl Bentyne is in perfect harmony with Whitfield on “Sugar” and “Adagio in Pearl,” fashioned from a melody by pianist Bill Evans (also known as “Bill’s Hit Tune.”)

Whitfield seems to be playing his hand as of late, releasing Live at Charlie O's, Diamonds for Nat, and The Minute Game since 2005 (all on Summit Records.) It’s an exercise in expression and Whitfield seems to have the resources and energy to put it all out there. Speaking of Love… is just another card out of the deck. And this time it's the Queen of Hearts….
Chocolates anyone?
Tracks: A Beautiful Friendship, Sugar, Come to Me, I’m Getting Sentimental Over You, I’m a Romantic Sap, Adagio in Pearl, Two People, It’s You!, Only at Lonely Times, I Love You, What Went Wrong?, I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, When I Fall in Love, All Of You
Record Label Website: http://www.summitrecords.com
Artist's Website: http://www.scottwhitfield.com
Reviewed by: Cheryl K. Symister-Masterson
- Jazz Review


"Arthur Hamilton (composer of "Cry Me A River""

Hi Ginger

After hearing your album, I am really
looking forward to hearing what you and Scott will do with some of my songs. Your voice is fresh and true and intimate, and you dive deeply
into the lyric of each song. And the scatting is great. Can't wait to hear more. - Email


"Scott's "Live At Charlie O's" album review"

CD Title: Live At Charlie O's
Year: 2006
Record Label: Summit
Style: Straight-Ahead / Classic

Musicians: Scott Whitfield (trombone, vocal), Roger Neumann (tenor and soprano saxophone, flute), John Rangel (piano), Bob Florence (piano), Jennifer Leitham (bass), Kendall Kay (drums)

Review:
Trombone is an instrument, in both jazz and classical worlds, that usually takes the role of the ugly cousin – sure, you invite the player to the party because it’s family, but people would rather sit and stare at the trumpet and saxophonists. This is not to say the history of trombone doesn’t have practitioners who startle and amaze. One only need recall the great recordings of J. J. Johnson, Bill Watrous and Urbie Green, among many more, for proof of the trombone’s inherent artful nature. The hard truth is, however, jazz aficionados would be hard pressed to remember the last time they purchased music led by a trombonist.

So it is with great regret many will pass up masterful and totally underappreciated trombonist Scott Whitfield’s newest CD, Live At Charlie O’s. Whitfield plays with the fire, exuberance, and at times sentimentality, of the best musicians on any instrument. His resume includes time with the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra, Johnny Griffin's Big Soul Band and the Manhattan Vocal Project, in addition to his own work as a leader. Also noted as an accomplished arranger, Whitfield’s charts have been performed and recorded by groups such as Diva, Maurice Hines and Pete Petersen's Collection Jazz Orchestra. Pretty darn solid company.

While he’s more well-known for his big band work, on this disc Whitfield leads a quintet in some of the most hard-swinging music you’re ever likely to come across. From the tight positively hard-edged energy of “Postage Due,” to the silky ballad “A Message From The Captain,” to the bittersweet medium “Sunset Dreams,” Whitfield plays with an abundance of technique that serves to embellish rather than get in the way of his phrases and musical statements. Brilliantly flashy in the high register, and full bodied of tone in the low, this recording should open a lot of ears to his remarkable skill. As an added bonus, his scat singing may be the best out there since the passing of Mel Torme.

Standing alongside Whitfield are multi-reedist Roger Neumann, bassist Jennifer Leitham and drummer Kendall Kay. Taking turns on piano are John Rangel and Bob Florence. Together, the accompanying unit’s dexterity is free-flowing, with moments of great soloistic support. Leitham’s solo on “Sunset Dreams” is so melodic it’s hard to wonder why more bass-clef artists don’t take her lead in approaching their instruments in the same smoothly connected manner. John Rangel’s piano solo on “You Go To My Head” is also a highlight never more aptly proving the “less is more” mantra. All told, a great recording worthy of repeated listening.

Tracks: Postage Due, Blue Daniel, A Message From The Captain, Let's Get Lost, Sunset Dreams, Spring's Kiss, You Go To My Head and Bye Bye Blues

Record Label Website: http://www.summitrecords.com/

Artist's Website: http://www.scottwhitfield.com/

Reviewed by: Thomas R. Erdmann
- Jazz Review.com, Thomas R. Erdmann


Discography

New CD "Dreamsville" duo vocal album. Artios Group label. Jan. 08 on cdbaby.com, iTunes, etc.
Ginger:
Haven't We Met, 4/01 - cdbaby.com, iTunes, etc.
Swing Is Here, 9/05 - Tracy Wells Big Band, cdbaby.com
Scott:
Speaking Of Love, 1/07 - Summit Records
Live At Charlie O's, 5tet, 8/06 - Summit
Diamonds For Nat, 2/06 - Summit
The Minute Game, 2/05 - Summit
Live At Birdland, Jazz Orchestra East, 3/04 - Summit
Hiding In Plain Sight, 2001 - Amosaya
To Be There, 1997 - Amosaya

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Bio

What sets us apart? Talent nurtured to musical equivalency of best chocolate and finest wine served with fireworks...plus experience in spades. Wm. Shakespeare said that "All things by season seasoned are...to their right praise and true perfection". We've worked musical lifetimes to find each other and are the real seasoned and swingin' deal!
Please see www.officialgingerandscott.com re:new CD "Dreamsville".
See www.ScottWhitfield.com, and gingerberglund.com for details about each performer's background as solo artists. Entire bios noted below also.

Scott Whitfield (trombonist, composer, arranger, and vocalist) is rapidly gaining international recognition for his work with contemporary big bands, including the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra and the new edition of Johnny Griffin’s Big Soul Band, as well as his own Scott Whitfield Jazz Orchestras (East AND West). In addition to Whitfield’s own recordings, his compositions and arrangements have been performed and recorded by such artists as Diva, Maurice Hines, The Pied Pipers, Bill Allred’s Classic Jazz Band, and Pete Petersen’s 23-strong Collection Jazz Orchestra. The discography of Scott Whitfield includes 7 recordings as leader and more than 50 recordings with other artists.

A frequent clinician and guest artist for Bach Stradivarius trombones, Whitfield has appeared throughout the world, from Australia to Zurich, sharing his expertise on trombone technique, improvisation, composition, arranging, and jazz history. His “The J.J. Johnson Collection” (published by Hal Leonard) has inspired many trombonists, young and old.

Upon settling in New York in 1993, Scott became a member of the Nat Adderley Sextet, which also included Jimmy Cobb, Walter Booker, Vincent Herring and Rob Bargad. The group’s engagements at Sweet Basil led to fruitful associations with Nnenna Freelon, Frank Wess, and Lionel Hampton, among others.

From 1998 to 2002, Whitfield served on the jazz faculty at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, teaching trombone, composition and arranging, and improvisation, while also coordinating the school’s combo program. During this period, one of Scott’s composition students placed third in a worldwide field of contestants in the Thad Jones International Jazz Composition Competition.

The Scott Whitfield Jazz Orchestra (first founded while Scott was pursuing his Master’s degree at North Texas State University) now has TWO incarnations: the SWJO East, based in New York; and the SWJO West, based in Whitfield’s new home of Los Angeles. Both of these aggregations feature some of the top players in the business. Plans are in the works for a large project featuring the combined, bi-coastal orchestra.

For more than a year, the Scott Whitfield Jazz Orchestra East was in residence at New York’s Birdland, the Jazz Corner of the World, culminating in the exciting “Live at Birdland” CD, released in April 2004 on Summit Records. “The Minute Game,” featuring the SWJO West, was released in February 2005, and features Whitfield’s groundbreaking composition “Hiccups.” More recently, “Diamonds For Nat,” released in February 2006, is a special 75th Birthday tribute to Scott’s mentor, the late Nat Adderley, featuring the SWJO East once again. The CD skyrocketed to number FIVE in jazz radio airplay in its THIRD WEEK!

Although Scott now makes his home in Los Angeles, he continues to commute to New York for appearances. His writing has been compared to that of some of his biggest influences, including Thad Jones, Sammy Nestico, Bill Holman, Rob McConnell, Bob Florence, and Ernie Wilkins.

Scott Whitfield (trombonist, composer, arranger, and vocalist) is rapidly gaining international recognition for his work with contemporary big bands, including the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra and the new edition of Johnny Griffin’s Big Soul Band, as well as his own Scott Whitfield Jazz Orchestras (East AND West). In addition to Whitfield’s own recordings, his compositions and arrangements have been performed and recorded by such artists as Diva, Maurice Hines, The Pied Pipers, Bill Allred’s Classic Jazz Band, and Pete Petersen’s 23-strong Collection Jazz Orchestra. The discography of Scott Whitfield includes 7 recordings as leader and more than 50 recordings with other artists.

A frequent clinician and guest artist for Bach Stradivarius trombones, Whitfield has appeared throughout the world, from Australia to Zurich, sharing his expertise on trombone technique, improvisation, composition, arranging, and jazz history. His “The J.J. Johnson Collection” (published by Hal Leonard) has inspired many trombonists, young and old.

Upon settling in New York in 1993, Scott became a member of the Nat Adderley Sextet, which also included Jimmy Cobb, Walter Booker, Vincent Herring and Rob Bargad. The group’s engagements at Sweet Basil led to fruitful associations with Nnenna Freelon, Frank Wess, and Lionel Hampton, among others.

From 1998 to