Fall & Winter 2013-14
Fall and Winter 2013-14 were busy times at Benny’s Wash n’ Dry. They saw the completion of four major album-length recording projects by four completely different artists:
• Soulful Australian singer/songwriter Dan Bolton, completed “The New York Sessions,” which turned out to be a double CD of his original jazzy pop songs featuring the multi-reed talents of fellow Aussie Adrian Cunningham.
• Jazz vocalist Ellynne Plotnick completed her new release “A Little Bit of Moonlight” Produced by bassist Paul Beaudry, it features legendary guitarist Gene Bertoncini.
• Classically trained singer (and popular knitting podcaster) Melanie Gall recorded a unique collection of World War II Era songs about knitting called “Sweeter in a Sweater.” The disc blends 40’s jazz stylings with ballads, marches, Rhumbas, Chas Chas and even a bit of spoken word comedy.
• Gettysburg College piano professor Jocelyn Swigger recorded a solo-piano collection of 1910-20’s parlor songs for the Con Brio label entitled “Troublesome Moon.”
Other notable clients and projects included singer/songwriter John Thomas, who continued work on his various original songs and children’s music projects, Music and the Brain, a non-profit charitable organization that develops piano-study curriculums for elementary school students, singer Lisala Beatty who tracked basics for a jazz-funk-hip hop collection of re-imaginings of jazz standards.
And I performed and recorded keyboard tracks for projects by CeCe Gianotti, Lipbone, Jonathan Coulton, Ed Littman, Sean McMorris among others.