Songbook Series Cabaret Artists
SWING STREET STATION
featuring Jan & Shannon DeAngelo, Alex Mendoza & Tom Federowicz
Guest Musicians: Giordano DeAngelo (percussion), Jeffrey Wahl (recorder/harpsichord), Louie “G” (trumpet) and Matt Gaska (saxophone)
Enjoy this Manhattan Transfer style quartet as they woo you with their 4-part harmony!
Friday, September 25 at 7 PM & Sunday, September 27 at 2 PM
$20 Adult; $16 Senior/Student/Child
ABOUT SWING STREET STATION:
The height of the Big 80s: Shoulder pads and suede boots. Gordon Gekko suits and suspenders. The end of the Cold War. The flight of Voyager II. The release of Microsoft Office and Nintendo. Big-budget popcorn flicks like Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Batman, and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids ruled the theaters. Madonna, Duran Duran, and Prince dominated the radio waves.
Far from the madding crowd of this maximalist pop-cultural mix was a living room in Endicott, NY, the home of Jan and Shannon (Roma) DeAngelo. In this room, Jan (tenor), Shannon (alto), and their friend Alexandra (Macko) Mendoza (soprano), were discussing an idea. Instead of always looking “back to the future” for something ever “bigger and better,” why not look back?
Fans of the Big Band sound of the Golden ‘40s, as well as of the complex vocal harmonies of the more recent Manhattan Transfer, the three decided to form their own vocal group, and Swing Street Station was born. They soon asked friend Tom Federowicz (bass) to join the trio, completing their four-part harmony sound. Jan’s father, Anthony “Tony” DeAngelo, a recently retired local businessman, stepped in as the fledgling quartet’s manager.
Soon, Swing Street became well known for their classy, elegant, and infectious sound, evocative of the bandstand era that included the Andrews Sisters and the Four Freshman. Always dressed to the nines in glamourous gowns and dapper tuxedos, the quartet carved out a niche for themselves, providing a fresh interpretation of the old standards, with many of their arrangements composed by Jan himself. As their popularity increased, they performed regularly at various local venues, usually singing three out of four weekends per month. Notable performances include: the Marriott Marquis in Times Square with the Mason Warrington Orchestra, the Anderson Center under the direction of Al Hamme, and the St. Louis Jazz Club in Rome, Italy. In 1996, they released a Christmas album, Swing Street Station & Friends at Christmas, donating the proceeds to Catholic Charities.
Nearing the end of their first decade, the group’s whirlwind performance schedule slowed down, making way for family, commitments to local theater, and other artistic endeavors. However, Swing Street Station has remained together the past 26 years, the members always coming back to their music. They are excited to be sharing this music with you, and hope you enjoy the show!
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