Love & the Weather
After working together for many years at the local clubs and other private functions, we decided to record the group.Most of the songs are familiar standards, performed in a jazz style. Love and the Weather is one of Irving Berlin's hidden gems that is not heard too often and is the album title song. Antonio's Song is another seldom heard song written by Michael Franks. It is a beautiful and sad song written and dedicated to Antonio Carlos Jobim. PERSONNEL Mary Anne Garrett was born in Rome, Ga., where she lived for 25 years. She was destined to love and play jazz as she came from a family steeped in jazz. Her father encouraged and taught her jazz standards starting at age 5. She studied classical Piano for 16 years and began playing professionally at 14 in her father's dance band. For the past 51 years, she has enjoyed studying, teaching and playing with many groups in the Chicago area. Ralph Napolitano was born and raised on the west side of Chicago. Like many musicians, music touched his heart and soul at an early age. He studied percussion for 5 years with Hal Russell and played drums and sang with various groups. He obtained a BA degree in Psychology and minored in music. His vocal style has a jazz flavor and was influenced by Johnny Hartman, Mel Torme and Frank D'Rone. He sings at private functions and clubs in the Chicago area. Vince Ippolito was born in Chicago and grew up on the NW side. He started playing Drums at the age of 11 and formed his first group at age 17. Through his career he has played with many groups including Chicago, Bob Seeger, Bobby Sherman and many others. He has been in the recording business for over 25 years. He has produced T.V. and Radio commercials for 7UP, Olds, CTA, Popeye's with Fats Domino, Dr. John and many others. Mike Zudis was born in the Chicago suburb of St. Charles, Ill. He started playing Drums, Tuba and Bass in high school.He later studied with Frank Dawson, a well known Guitarist from Chicago. He played with the USAF Command Band in Europe during his tour of duty. He has played with many groups in the Chicago area including The Village Stompers, The Function Junction Five, The Banjo Buddies and Art Hodes.