Swing is still alive, just ask John Dokes who has released John Dokes Sings, George Gee Swings--a title paying tribute to Count Basie's landmark 1956 release, Count Basie Swings – Joe Williams Sings --recaptures the infectious energy found in ballrooms of yesteryear with a modern twist. It's Dokes' smooth baritone delivery and Gee's stylish vision that brings this Basie, Bird and Bacharach mix alive, especially on classics like "Thou Swell", "Walk On By", "Ornithology" and "Alright, Okay, You Win."
Vocalist John Dokes has stepped into the spotlight at the dawn of a revival and new decade of the Big Band era putting a fresh spin on swinging jazz music with veteran bandleader George Gee, and renowned jazz trombonist David Gibson.
Charismatic Dokes' stage presence brings to life staples such as Frank Sinatra's "A Fine Romance", Nat King Cole's "Tis Autumn" and Joe Williams' "Roll Em Pete." The onstage rapport of John and George along with the tight sounds of the big band have earned them a loyal following at their weekly Tuesday engagement at midtown Manhattan's "Swing 46" Jazz and Supper Club.
A select group of versatile players lend a hand to John Dokes Sings, George Gee Swings; the 14-song CD was conducted and arranged by composer and jazz trombonist David Gibson, who also performs as a part of the George Gee Swing Orchestra. Ian Hendrickson-Smith, of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, mixed the album and played baritone sax throughout, while alto saxophonist Eddie Pazant, an alumnus of the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, infuses his unique style on Charlie Parker's "Segment" and "Ornithology". Hilary Gardner also joins John on "Ornithology" in a rousing duet.