Ken Leighton 5 p.m., Jan. 24
Randy Fontaine and the Swingers
Sound description: Ultra-lounge combo.
RIYL: Swing and jazz standards.
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Influences: Swing and jazz standards.
When Randy Fontaine chooses a tune for the Swingers , he dips into the treasure chest of music by Cole Porter, the Gershwins, and Rodgers & Hart. A scholar of tin-pan alley, Randy preserves the melodies, style, and innocence of the '30s and '40s. On stage, his ascot in tune and hair slicked to perfection, Randy Fontaine leads the Swingers into a lively rhythm, which purrs across brush-striked drums. Randy, himself delivers the melody smooth as silk. Randy has an immense arsenal of instrumental all-stars dedicated to the fine art of swing.
For those old enough to remember and young enough to be intrigued by the classic melodies of the swing era, Randy Fontaine and the Swingers have also done their share of charitable endeavors. Randy gathered the Swingers to play benefits for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Red Cross, the American Cancer Society, and others.
The group has shared the stage with Rocket from the Crypt, Buddy Blue, the Fabulous Bud E. Luv, MIRV, B-Side Players, Eddie Spaghetti (Supersuckers), and even shared a bill at the Del Mar Fair with the stars of the Lawrence Welk Show.