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OL:
We'd like to Welcome The Romantic Singer, Kenny Colman, of the famed "Dreamscape" CD on Justin Time Records.. a fabulous recording with the London Philharmonic Orchestra...Johnny Mandel Conductor,
with rave reviews! As none better said than Grammy Producer David Foster, himself, "the whole world should know his talent."

OL:
And on that note once again... we'd like to extend a very warm welcome to our
Special Guest Artist Kenny Colman to the
 OL Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series!

OL:
Welcome Kenny, and thank you for giving us and all of the OL Site Visitors, for what will be a 7-part Interview on the
Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series,
for the entire week of August 29, 2010.
Once again, thank you and welcome... 

Kenny Colman:
Thanks for thinking of me and I will answer the questions the best I can!

OL:
Your "Dreamscape" CD is truly a work of art! Everyone should have this CD in their collection. Downloads are nice, but it doesn't replace what could easily be in all music lovers' hands, the real feel... for all romantics to treasure, and this CD without a doubt, is one to treasure forever...

Kenny Colman:
When I was in the CTS Studios in London with the Philharmonic Orchestra,
Toots Theilmans
and Johnny Mandel; gorgeous arrangements, and singing the Bergmans' lyrics.  I said to myself, this is overwhelming, what am I doing here? I said to myself, I earned it and I was ready!

Kenny Colman:
I had three months of Mexican sun, singing at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, rested and my chops were never better.  This was my moment, and I sang with every bit of life experience
I could take from the dues one endures from the very hard business.
 It was a magical time!

OL:
As always, we're sure that the new
OL Viewers
would like to know where our Special Guest Artist is from. You were raised in Winnipeg and Vancouver, Canada and a serious hockey player, we understand?

Kenny Colman:
Growing up in Winnipeg, I loved for the first fourteen years of my life, it was beautiful.
 Our parents came from Europe. We are the children of  immigrants. We never knew we were poor because there was always love and music and friends and loving Parents who showered us with an abundance of love.
 I was a typical sports crazy young boy as were my buddies growing up
 in Winnipeg, Canada.

Kenny Colman:
 I loved the cold wind on my face and the snowy streets, and with my hockey stick in my hands I fell in love with hockey and going thru puberty I loved the gals!
 My peers and I grew up listening to the sounds of Count Bassie Band,
the Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw,
Stan Kenton
and the great crooners of the day like Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan,
Mel Torme, Frankie Laine,
and Ella and Carmen
and Shirley Horn.

Kenny Colman:
That was the music I loved and danced to  with my teenage crushes.  When I was fourteen I moved to Vancouver. It was there in Vancouver that my zest for hockey continued. Went back to Winnipeg when
I was seventeen and was signed
to a Detroit Red Wings contract
for the best junior prospects in Canada
 
for their farm teams.
 It was a great accomplishment
and I continued to play until I was
 around twenty two - twenty three.

OL:
Early on...being surrounded by the great
Big Band sounds and influenced by the songs of Porter, Ellington and Mercer...
when growing up, when was the first moment You knew that You would become a
Singer for the rest of your life? 

Kenny Colman:
For me, while I loved music, I had no dreams of being a singer. I did not know. 
I was playing hockey in western Canada
and I did not know what I was going to do with my life.  I was not into school, it was not my forte.
 After a game that we lost in the playoffs,
 the sports announcer asked me what I was going to do with my life. 

OL:
Your entrance into the Music Industry as a Professional is quite interesting. You first started off as a Disc Jockey in
Vancouver, Canada?

Kenny Colman:
I wanted to get a job with Radio. I was twenty two years old, and full of chutzpa [meaning a driven disposition].  I got a job in radio and this is when I fell into the world of music and jazz and great singers. I discovered I could sing along with the singers and I used to sing over their records.  I still did not make any commitment to singing; this was my beginning to realize I had talent
 to pursue this.

OL:
Okay, and then You went on to work as a DJ in beautiful Bermuda as well. Tell us about the music scene there at the time?

Kenny Colman:
Well after that first gig in radio, I went from various cities in Canada and still did not make any commitment to singing, I was working in radio.  I then got a radio gig in Bermuda and TV gig too.  I was doing my morning thing as a DJ and singing over records, I was the mystery voice,
 but nobody cared.    

Kenny Colman:
Each and every weekend,
I hung out at the Leopard Club,
 where there was a jazz theme. I used to sit in and I was very nervous, and that's where
I had my first drink of scotch on the rocks to get my liquid courage to get up to sing. 
I found myself saying I think this is what
 I what to do with my life, suffer and the search was on for gigs.   

OL:
Not long after, You made your travels to the great Big Apple at the look-up invite of
Game Show Mogul Bill Todman
and his wife Fran, who you met in Bermuda. Coming to New York, where making the rounds at
Jazz Clubs can be an all night thing...
but actually Kenny,   

OL:
You started out in NYC as a Casting Creator for "Play Your Hunch," where the show's host was Merv Griffin, who in his own words said of You, "the most tenacious and talented man I know."...
what a great start, Kenny...

Kenny Colman:
During my stay in Bermuda, I met TV Producers Bill Todman and his wife,
 of Goodson-Todman Productions. He said, "If you come to New York, look me up."
 I took him up on it and I got a job on
NBC television, a game show called
'Play Your Hunch'.
  Merv Griffin was the host. Merv was very instrumental in my career, knowing that deep inside,
 that I really wanted to sing.   

Kenny Colman:
It was there in New York, in the late fifties and early sixties, where I hung out in every jazz club that you indicated.  I sat in whenever, wherever I could, paying my dues learning my craft.  There was no overnight American Idol shows; you had to pay your dues. I love the jazz scene in New York and lived the jazz scene. 

OL:
How long were You on that gig and what was it like working with
Legend Show Host Merv Griffin?

Kenny Colman:
I spent about a year with Merv on NBC.  Regarding Merv, he went from the game show to having his own talk show.  It was there,
he showed his belief in my talent, that he gave me many gigs on his TV talk show and also even though I did seven or eight
Merv Griffin
shows;
it was a nice moment when Redd Foxx took me on Merv's show and introduced me to Merv's audience. Merv was a good guy and especially Redd was beautiful to me.   

OL:
Now we go to your musical Professional launch. You began to sit in on jams at places like The Half Note, The Five Spot and The Village Vanguard... and then one night, as fate would have it, none other than 'Sassy' herself, the one and only
Legendary Jazz Singer Sarah Vaughan,

happened to be in the audience and was so impressed by your performance, it was actually she, who got You your first Pro Gig... It doesn't get any better than that, does it?

Kenny Colman:
Yes, this was 1960 at the
Page Three Jazz Club.
I sat in with the
Ray Starling Trio
and in the foyer
Tiny Tim
was singing in the lounge. 
I swung a few tunes and I was called over to Sarah's table and was introduced to her husband CB Atkins who managed the talents of Abby Lincoln, Max Roach,
Randy Westin, Roland Hanna
and they signed me to a
managerial contract.   

Kenny Colman:
They had me working on my material and getting me ready for gigs.  Johnny Hartman was also one of their clients and he and
I became good pals.
Johnny Hartman
got me my first gig at the Spring Valley Inn, in New Jersey.
That was my kick start pre my first pro gig at the Flamingo Hotel Las Vegas.

OL:
Where was your first professional Gig as a Singer and how did it feel singing under the marquee of your own name,
headlining your own show?

Kenny Colman:
My first gig was a warm up to Las Vegas at the Thunderbird Hotel on the bill with
Harry James Orchestra
for three weeks.
The next three weeks on the bill with
Lionel Hampton
and the rat pack romping thru the casino was
Sinatra, Sammy, Dino,

and Joey Bishop.  
They were on their way to make
Joe E. Lewis
and Vic Damone create havoc and then later everyone went on to the Sahara to listen to Don Rickles
and Louie Prima and I followed them. 
Little did I know Frank Sinatra would be such an integral part of my career; as did
Don Rickles.

I just opened for Don Rickles
this past April 30th and May 1st.     

OL:
Your Career as a Singer was taking off,
as You were opening then for
Comedian Lenny Bruce in Atlantic City,

and also performing on
Legend Johnny Carson's "Tonight Show,"
 
at which point, the Agents and Managers were as they say now, 'blowing up your phone', [smile] to work with You?  

Kenny Colman:
Being on Johnny Carson Show was great,
 and I was with Epic Records. What happened is what happened, with all singers of my era. "The day the music stopped for us" was the Beatles, Rolling Stones the Animals, Dave Clark Five and jazz was a hidden commodity and Rock and Roll arrived. 

Kenny Colman:
The kids sang to the simplest lyrics and the simplest back beat and our music was put to the boondocks.  Till the advent of the
Harry Connicks,
and the Bublés arrived on the scene bringing the jazz crooner
back into the fold not a dinosaur no more.  

OL:
In general, Careers in Show Business have their high's and low's, their long runs and their short runs. What is that magic Kenny, inside You, that makes You one of the true survivors in this business?

Kenny Colman:
You have to be a good masochist, you have to be able to in spite of the rain splashing on your face and the winds against you and the landlords telling you how great you sing and they also add "don't forget; if you don't pay the rent on Monday, you have to move out on Tuesday!"  In reality, I knew that I could be the best I could be. I had the passion and the drive, and as Frank Sinatra called me the warrior, and Freddy Heiniken called me the bull dog.

Kenny Colman:
I just hung in there as I still do, always hanging tough and looking for gigs.  This CD "Dreamscape" was good enough to have the accolades of the icon of the century.
 Mr. S and the top Record Producer fifteen Grammy award winner David Foster and Johnny Mandel and Steven Sondheim and so many others have shown me great respect.  All I need is a million more like you OL,
and I could go on vacation.
"I gave my life for a song."
 My advice to other singers;
have a plan B.   

OL:
Kenny, all throughout this week, we look forward to visiting all of the stages and moments of your great Show Biz Career. ...And for the early stages of your Professional Singing Career,
what was the first show that You performed in, and saw another Star in the Audience that night, who came to see You, and it just blew You away too see them in the Audience?

Kenny Colman:
Without question, it would have to be
Frank Sinatra.
He heard me in '68 the first time at Jillies in Palm Springs and he always kept saying to me keep singing and his words were always "marvelous, marvelous!"

Kenny Colman:
Then eight years later,
after I paid some dues in 1976,
 I had a gig at Dominic's in Palm Springs.
 I walked in, and there was Frank,
Jimmy Van Heusen
and Barbara, Jilly,
and Leo Durocher and Pat Henry;
 and during my performance Frank started talking to me and he asked me to
join the table. I did. He asked me
 what's happening in my life. I said...
looking for gigs, as rock and roll is everywhere
and he said,
"
Jilly will call you in two weeks"...
and two weeks to the day,     
Jilly
called and he invited me to
Las Vegas Ceasers Palace...
 and from that point on,
Jilly
and Frank arranged many, many wonderful gigs for me.
 I would say meeting him,
 he was all class, all the way...
warm and caring and understanding,
 and there will never be another Frank.  

OL:
Thank you very much Kenny, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist. Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this OL Interview 1 of 7 segment?

Kenny Colman:
Ha, do you want another 33 paragraphs? Seriously speaking, I could have never done any of this without the love and care and patience of the many jazz musicians.
I had the honor and privilege from
 Joe Parnello, Miles Black, Tony Foster, Mundell Lowe, Tony Scott, Brad Turner,
and my best friend in show business
I ever had,
Harry "Sweets" Edison. 
  

Kenny Colman:
It warms my heart to have your respect for my talent and for the production of "Dreamscape" and your continued interest in my career.  I wish you everything I wish for myself, tough biz showbiz.  Would I do it all again?... hmmmmm, yup but I would learn the second half of showbiz "the biz part."  God bless, thanks.  

OL:
We look forward tomorrow in Part 2 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series, where  this Romantic Singer, Kenny Colman...
talks about the making of the famed "Dreamscape" CD & all of the major players in this monumental 18 songs Production, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra & the great Johnny Mandel as the Conductor!    

OL:
Thank you very much Kenny, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist! We'll see you tomorrow! And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!


OL:
Welcome Back, Kenny. It's nice to have You on again, this being Part 2 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series. We're at the segment Interview feature, where we go right into the
"Dreamscape" sessions!

OL:
First Kenny, for our OL Viewers, we're going to list the full cast of the wonderful Musicians, Conductors and key players in the "Dreamscape" CD Production. That being said, for our viewers, we'll ask You to tell us of your first recording session on this project and where was it recorded?  

Kenny Colman:
Well, when it was decided by Mr Heineken (Freddy), after choosing me to record this CD and with this ab opportunity, he flew me to Holland. I was at that time,
following Lowes Monte Carlo. I was booked at a Jazz club in Paris Pullman Hotel,
with the Bernard great trio on my days off. 

Kenny Colman:
I went to Holland to meet with the great arranger and Conductor Dick Baaker, who arranged most of "Dreamscape,"
and Ruud Jacobs.
They met me and heard me sing
and told Freddy he made a good choice,
and  a deal was made.    

Kenny Colman:
 I came back to Vancouver with a deal with Mr Heineken and Cinison Productions,
Dick Baaker
and Ruud Jacobs,
great bass player.. ..we spoke back and forth and they chose the original songs by Heineken, Pamela Philip Owens and
Denise Rich.
The very talented Denise Rich, who has won Grammys and Latin Grammys;
a very high-end woman, too. She a very high end woman, who got behind me whenever
I performed in NYC.

Kenny Colman:
She helped me fill the room as she did at the Tavern on the Green. A fab woman,
 as is PP Owen, a prolific writer... and
Dick Baaker...
to my joy the great legendary Johnny Mandel called me in Vancouver and we spoke about his new song's he had written, like "I Wish I'd Met You,"    
and "I Won't Believe My Eye's" and
"Where Do You Start?"
At the time, only Michael Feinstein had recorded
 "Where Do You Start?"... I was the first to records those great songs.. Johnny wanted me to do  "I Won't Believe My Eyes" as a slow ballad...  I suggested we do it in a sexy moving Latin bossa feel, he agreed and it came off terrific.  

Kenny Colman:
All 3 were nailed, I feel. The Philharmonic Orchestra applauded the charts and KC after session for Johnny and for Dick, too...
it was so fab! That was my first session of
12 songs. They agreed that I come back to London at CTS Studios, and add some more familiar standards like "Laura" and
"Stardust," "Angel Eyes"
and so on...  

Kenny Colman:
Now, we had 18 songs and "Dreamscape" was done, and Frank Sinatra gave us the title "Dreamscape" for the great quote for us,
(me and Freddy). He was a friend of FS and before he signed me, called FS and said he was interested in recording me, and what did FS think. Well, FS put me away solid...
 and KC recorded this great CD... I just wish that Freddy would have marketed it,
 like his beer eh? 
Oh man, I am rambling on and on,  sorry...

OL:
Respectively Mr. Colman, what You call rambling, we here at OL call it a great Interview for our OL Viewers! So ramble on!...You've traveled far in your Career,
take a bow...

OL:
 Not only were You recording with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, but to have Legend Conductor Johnny Mandel at the helm on various tracks, must have been so special. What was it like working with this well-loved Composer?  

Kenny Colman:
When I fist met Johnny in London at the Hotel, I'd see this kinda not too tall man,   very unassuming, and so down to earth. I was in a singers heaven having loved his compositions all my career... he treated me with great respect as his quote for "Dreamscape" sure indicated with his very kind moving words.  

Kenny Colman:
He said, "This CD will bring you KC world wide respect and attention..." Well, I sure tried, and still do. He was a very warm low key'd gracious guy...
an honour to sing his songs, for sure...  

OL:
Thank you very much Kenny, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist. Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this OL Interview 2 of 7 segment?

Kenny Colman:
The joy and the feeling one gets as a singer and musician,   when he is surrounded by great musicians as in a trio gig with ace players,  the feel, the love, the passion, that 4 people can achieve and the  audience too, while they can't play or sing they do  hear what we are trying to obtain.

OL:
We look forward tomorrow in Part 3 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series, where  this Romantic Singer, Kenny Colman... transports us to his London recording sessions... also the Guest Artist... the great Toots Thielemanns sessions & more!   

OL:
Thank you very much Kenny, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist! We'll see you tomorrow! And thank you all for visiting OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!

OL:
Welcome Back, Kenny. It's nice to have You on again, this being Part 3 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series. Okay let's go!... We're contiuing the liner notes on the "Dreamscape" sessions!

OL:
Then we come to the stellar performances on this CD, by none other than Mr. Toots Thielemanns himself,
on the Harmonica. His solo on
"Days of Wine and Roses,"

alone is enough to make the earth's axis
momentarily stop spinning, just to listen to
his melancholy and mesmerizing playing
style, that we've enjoyed for years
and years. When did You know that
Toots
would be on this project
and how did it feel to work with all of
these top Musicians?

Kenny Colman:
Toots, he recorded his solos at a session while I was in Canada. It was disappointing not to be there, so that he could have played  around me with a jazz togetherness, as he played around me... we did do a 'live' TV show, where I sang over the track of
"Days of Wine and Roses."   

Kenny Colman:
He then played 'live' with me singing.
We then did the ending side by side, on his famous TV show in Holland. My website of performances, more emotional of a
 "live" jazz feel. He was all class at the
TV Show... 

OL:
So You were flown over to London to record this CD, by courtesy of Dutch Beer Baron Freddy Heineken, who Produced "Dreamscape"?

Kenny Colman:
Yes, first class and limos and all the trimmings; he was most cordial and very funny, always doing shtick. I liked him a lot.
 I would ask him to promote the CD. He would say, "I am in the beer biz, not show biz." Sadly "Dreamscape" never got the marketing like Bublé, for sure.  

Kenny Colman:
I gave it my all to get it heard, and still do at this moment. Bublé knows every song on my CD, as when I run into him at time's in Vancouver, as he lives right next to me...
A few buildings away.  
  
Kenny Colman:
He was always singing to me Freddy's song, "You Again."  A good guy, he received what every artist can only dream of, a team marketing headed by the talented wizard of Oz! David Foster and timing and demographics and time marches on...  

OL:
How did You feel when You first walked into the recording studio and it came down to just You and the Mic?  

Kenny Colman:
 I was ready, and it was beautiful, when I heard the arrangements, I  was in music heaven, I said, "I made it" !!... So beautiful the charts like "When Joanna Loved Me," by Dick Baaker, my favourite cut on the CD... and "I Wish I'd Met You,"  it tore my heart to pieces..  

Kenny Colman:
 I was ready after so many duesville nights; to be by the mic and the music . All I had to do was sing and be honest to the lyrics,
 and sing.... I sure did. Great moments ...and to see the Producers Dick, Ruud and Freddy smile from ear to ear, I knew I nailed it! ...and what happened?  

OL:
The song repertoire on "Dreamscape" is so well thought out... a nice diversity of the standard classics, with sophisticated and refreshing arrangements. Who picked the material?  

Kenny Colman:
We all did! I suggested "Laura," "Angel Eyes" and "I Couldn't Live Without You," my closing number in my show... a power song my audience loves... I think in retrospect, we should have maybe done more covers, maybe too sophisticated, eh? 
Unfamiliar tunes maybe?
  Well, it is darn good,
l let the chips fall where they may...
 I am proud of "Dreamscape."  

Kenny Colman:
Those who know, know and those who don't, never will ...we know eh? "Sweets" Edison, whom I loved and respected, said to me once; "Kenny, you have that wonderful music with you, and it speaks and says it all.
 You don't ever have to audition any more and prove yourself...
 it will take you to heaven and back."
Thank's Harry...   

OL:
Before we go Kenny... It's pretty safe to say that anyone who's ever listened and loved a love song in their lifetime, surely has heard at least one, if not many beautiful lyrics by Marilyn and Alan Bergman.   

OL:
On the track "So Many Stars," what did it mean to You, singing their beautiful words to Brazil's great Sergio Mendes' unforgettable musical gem, which this song should be considered as the 8th wonders of the world...?  

Kenny Colman:
Yes, I first listened to Sassy sing it, she did it with a Brazilian group, so great, Sarah at her best... I loved  the song and when I first heard "So Many Stars" at CTS Studio for the first time and a young guy said he wrote the chart. I was in another space, it sounded so beautiful, I could not wait to sing it.  

Kenny Colman:
Jurre Hoestraa's arrangement and the Bergmans' great lyric..so tender the chart and the words. Wow, I  am reliving it right now this moment. You sure ask wonderful questions OL thanks for caring..... wish the landlord cared as much... ha !  

OL:
Thank you very much Kenny, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist. Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this OL Interview 3 of 7 segment?  

Kenny Colman:
All in one place, for the love of it,  is like making love. The high one gets when we are all on the same page, the "ZONE"...  that is why we do it. Not for the money, but for the love and joy and the "feel" when it is all "ONE"... together with the players and the audience, with one to a symphony.
 The magic can happen.  

Kenny Colman:
Again, that is why we do it.. is the addiction  you have felt once.. it is our drug, the sounds of music we all hear differently.. the way I hear it.
  Thanks OL, from Kenny:

OL:
Thank you Kenny. We look forward tomorrow in Part 4 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series, as The Romantic Singer Kenny Colman shares a One-Word Playback for the OL Viewers. 

OL:
Thank you very much Kenny, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist! We'll see you tomorrow! And thank you all for visiting OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!

OL:
Welcome Back, Kenny. It's nice to have You on again, this being Part 4 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series. We're at the segment Interview feature, where we introduce a 'one word'  Interview question to You, Kenny, and if you can you please playback a One-word Commentary Note for the OL Visitors, that would be super! Okay, here we go!  

OL:
Wind?
Kenny Colman:
WINNIPEG

OL:
Major?
Kenny Colman:
MINOR 

OL:
Minor?
Kenny Colman:
MAJOUR

OL:
Drive?
Kenny Colman:
RIVIERA

OL:
Rainbow?
Kenny Colman:
GOD

OL:
Look?
Kenny Colman:
SEE 

OL:
Tender?
Kenny Colman:
TACTILE

OL:
Crescendo?
Kenny Colman:
JAZZ

OL:
Maybe?
Kenny Colman:
DEFINITE

OL:
Tomorrow?
Kenny Colman:
MIRACLE 

OL:
Thank you very much Kenny, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist.
Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this OL Interview 4 of 7 segment?

Kenny Colman:
I wish that with the passion and love and dedication and sacrifices that  we all have endure on this journey of songs and melodies that we can say we gave it a hell-of-a ride...  We all win, because we did what we loved.  

Kenny Colman:
For the love of the song: "win, lose or draw"... for me, "respect"... and  I hope that I have given some of the world that what I loved, to sing, and  I hope I made this  something special to those who have
 heard me all these years from deep inside myself to them.

Kenny Colman:
Like I said I GAVE MY LIFE FOR A SONG...albeit, My wise OL Dad said, "Kenny: "LESS TALENT, MORE MAZOL"...

OL:
Thank you, Kenny. We look forward tomorrow in Part 5 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Interview, as The Romantic Singer Kenny Colman takes us to his "Straight Ahead" CD!...on  the next segment. And thank you all for visiting OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!  

OL:
Thank you very much Kenny, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist! We'll see you tomorrow! And thank you all for visiting OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!


OL:
Welcome Back, Kenny. It's nice to have You on again, this being Part 5 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series. Let's go to your equally as wonderful "Straight Ahead" Album, again, on the Justin Time Records Label!  

OL:
Kenny, You have some really nice,
maybe more jazzy material and arrangements on this CD set?

Kenny Colman:
Well, "Dreamscape" was a mammoth production. It's more dreamy warm laid back of classy classics and new tunes.
Jim West
the owner of
Justin Time Records,

who released DScape, said let us do more swingin' side of KC and SAhead was more in line; with my " live" performance.

Kenny Colman:
Quite a few were just kicked off and we just swung hard, as in
"Come Rain or Come Shine,"
with the legandary Houston Person on tenor, wailing away... "Sweet Pumpkin" was a favorite of mine. When I worked on the  bill with the great Gloria Lynne, she and Bill Henderson sang the heck out of it. Mine was OK...
there are some very nice ballads.  

OL:
You also even have a duet with Jazz Singer Ranee Lee on "Dream Dancing." Tell us about your recording session with her?

Kenny Colman:
I first heard the song by Mel Torme,
who nailed it with George Shearing.
Then David Foster called me in 1999 to sing it for the sound track of the movie,
"Come Dance With Me".
.. DF sent me the track, and DF did not use it...
some other singer was juiced
in a session singer.

Kenny Colman:
I then recorded it with Miles Black; and I laid down the track with my vocal and
Ranee Lee,
who is a pal, and one if not the best singer in CANADA!  RL sang the track that I laid down in Vancouver. Ranee did hers in Montreal; there is talk we may do a duet CD... She is a great Singer.

OL:
As you know, we're featuring a couple of tracks from the "Straight Ahead" CD during this Interview. Your cover of
"Last Tango In Paris,"
is hauntingly beautiful. Do you feel that mood approach is everything, depending on the song?

Kenny Colman:
"Last Tango In Paris" and I are old pals.
 I heard Andy Williams sing it beautifully, as he has a high range and great chops.
People should not forget his wonderful voice... such a great Gato Barbieri tune;
and Cory Previn wrote such a fabulous lyric.  

Kenny Colman:
 I loved the song... I sang it on the
Midnite Special on NBC in 1974,
it was great...
 Steve Martin was on the show.
Greg Allman...
I think Miles Black wrote a very sensuous chart and his solo was terrific. A very rangy song, but I think I did a pretty good reading of that great tune. "We don't exist,
we are nothing but shadow and mist..."
 Wow, what lyrics...  

OL:
What was your favorite song to record on this CD?


Kenny Colman:
"Last Tango In Paris,"
"Why Should I Care?"...,

if only my voice was up front more,
"What Are You Doing
The Rest Of Your Life?"
was one take...

OL:
Miles Black on piano, was also the
Musical Director
on the "Straight Ahead" Album. What nice work on the "What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life" track that we're also featuring in this Interview.
How were these sessions different from your
"Dreamscape" Sessions?
 

Kenny Colman:
DREAMSCAPE; if it would have been given promotionals and marketed by
Freddy Heineken,
it was my chance for all that I worked so hard to achieve. If it could have been heard by millions and those who did enjoy my performance and bought my CD, there were close to 50 thousand!

Kenny Colman:
If only Mr. Heineken would have pushed it like his beer, as he said to me once when
 I asked him...Why he does not promote it like his beer? he said:
"Kenny, I am in the beer biz,
 not show biz."
...However, it was the best of KC and totally different than SA...  

OL:
Thank you very much Kenny, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist. Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this OL Interview
 5 of 7 segment?


OL:
Thank you Kenny. We look forward tomorrow in Part 6 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series, as The Romantic Singer Kenny Colman shares with us, just a few of his favorite musical things.  

Kenny Colman:
I think I have said enough that those who know... know and those who don't will never know...you do "OL" thx for caring and your respect, God bless all of those who are out there... paying their dues so that they can be heard...never give up. I am still out there...same old dream... thx Kenny  

OL:
Thank you very much Kenny, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist! We'll see you tomorrow! And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!


OL:
Welcome Back, Kenny. It's nice to have You on again, this being Part 6 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series. We're at the segment Interview feature, as we get to ask You some more fun stuff of a few of your favorite musical things!

OL:
If You had to pick one song that would describe You best, what song would that be?

Kenny Colman:
"When Joanna Loved Me"

OL:
What's on your turntable now... who do You like to listen to out there today?

Kenny Colman:
Mary J. Blige

OL:
If You were to do a follow-up to the
"Dreamscape" CD, what would be the first song that You would pick?

Kenny Colman:
"You and I"

OL:
What advice do You have for the new generation of Crooners out there?

Kenny Colman:
Plan B and  find your own style. don't try to do FS, or Billie...
'cause  nobody is ever going to do it better...

OL:
Thank you very much Kenny, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist. Is there any music commentary you'd like to share with the viewers, in concluding this OL Interview
 6 of 7 segment?

Kenny Colman:
Think of where you wanna be by 50,
and if you don't, ok, be in show biz.
Don't forget Plan B.
There are rainy days out there...

OL:
Thank you Kenny. We look forward tomorrow in Part 7 of this 7 part Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series, as The Romantic Singer Kenny Colman gives us his closing liner notes on where Romantic music is today.  

OL:
Thank you very much Kenny, for coming on as our Special Guest Artist! We'll see you tomorrow! And thank you all for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!


OL:
Welcome Back, Kenny. It's nice to have You on again, this being Part 7 of our 7 day Interview for OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly Series. As we have come to the closing segment of this Interview feature,
OL
would first like to thank You Kenny,
for your real eloquence in sharing your own Show Biz story & Career highlights with us this entire week.
It's been great interviewing You...!

Kenny Colman:
Thanks so very much, I know my answers were long, it is very difficult to sum up a life's work in such a short time..I do hope what I have said will give some younger singers out there an idea of the reality of a show biz career.

Kenny Colman:
You gotta have the passion, and talent would help.. you must pay your dues...
no American Idol winners...
life experiences, like the legends of Jazz... from 40's, 50's Sassy Billie, Carmen Ella, Frank, Jimmy Scott, Johnny Hartman...

Kenny Colman:
You pay your dues and you will be a better singer when you're ready for that break... but I know the passion and driven ways...
we love to sing the great songs,
so sing away...

OL:
Your time spent with OL is truly a treasure, Mr. Colman.  For this Interview, if you will, please give us your closing liner note thoughts on what Romantic Music is to You today,
and your closing music commentary quote?
Thank you.

Kenny Colman:
I very much appreciate your interest in what
 I have to say... I believe I have said it all from my vantage point... I guess in closing...
have your passion up front; your integrity and respect for the musicians who have carried you with their studies and experience,
that we all need by our side.
The singers need the jazz players,
so treat them well, ...I made some errors recently -re: musicians. It was not my doing, but I am responsible... so be responsible and always take care of Business, and don't forget the last half of SHOW BIZ  "BIZ BIZ," thanks ...For the love of the song ...Kenny

OL:
If by any chance; for all of you music lovers out there in the universe, especially romantic music lovers, remember
This Romantic Singer
Kenny Colman
and his "Dreamscape" Album, romantic music at its best!  With a smoky and intimate Singer such as this, one can surely know that this is both rare and real!
His "Dreamscape" CD with Conductor Johnny Mandel & the London Philharmonic Orchestra, is one of those 'candlelit nights for two... of a nice glass of wine, music & romance albums'... and deserves to be visited and revisited! A Singer like
Kenny Colman,
these days, can still be tomorrow's days, as great Singers and great music will always stand the test of time,
no matter what the latest music trends are! True talent is timeless and without trend!  

OL:
Thank you, to Romantic Singer Kenny Colman, and thank you All for visiting
OL's Oceanliner Notes Weekly!


DREAMSCAPE
PRODUCTION
David Anthony Photography, Cover Photo  /  Dick Bakker Arranger, Conductor, Producer  /  Kenny Colman Liner Notes  /  Leonard Feather Liner Notes  /  Jurre Haanstra Arranger  /  Alvin Hankerson Composer  /  Herman Hupfeld Composer 
DREAMSCAPE
PRODUCTION [cont'd]:
Ruud Jacobs Producer  /  London Philharmonic Orchestra Orchestra  /  Johnny Mandel Arranger, Conductor  /  Reid Morris Design  /  Nat Peck Assembly  /  Toots Thielemans /  Harmonica  /  Martina Witteveen Organizer


Playlist samples: The Romantic Singer
KENNY COLMAN

1. Last Tango In Paris - Straight Ahead CD
2. I Won't Believe My Eyes - Dreamscape CD
3. I Wish I'd Met You - Dreamscape CD
4. You Again - Dreamscape CD
5. So Many Stars - Dreamscape CD
6. Laura - Dreamscape CD
7. Days of Wine and Roses - Dreamscape CD
8. What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life - Straight Ahead CD
Special Guest Artist Online Interview Feature...
KENNY COLMAN
THE ROMANTIC SINGER
www.kennycolman.com
Original  OL Records Artist Interview: 8/29/10 - 9/5/10


OL Quote Pick of the Guest Artist's Interview!

"Find your own style. Don't try to do Frank Sinatra or Billie, 'cause nobody is ever going to do it better..."

...Kenny Colman
"...Kenny Colman is a truly great singer.
He's also an incredibly perceptive interpreter,
truly a songwriters dream"
Johnny Mandel...Grammy Winning Composer
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"...The whole world should know his talent."
David Foster
Grammy Winning
Producer

Dreamscape CD
AllMusic.com
Straight Ahead CD