Originally Published: September 10, 2014 6 a.m.
Jazz vocal duo Ginger Berglund and Scott Whitfield will be the featured performers in a concert Sunday, Sept. 14, at the Highlands Center for Natural History.
This will be the season's "Howlin' at the Highlands" finale, presented by the Prescott Jazz Summitt, with Mike Vax's Jazz Summit All All Stars accompanying Berglund and Whitfield.
The concert will be from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are available at the Jazz Summit's website, www.prescottjazz.com or call Kristy at 928-277-1576. Tickets are also available at the Highlands Center by calling 928-776-9550.
The Highlands Center for Natural History is located at 1375 Walker Road, Prescott.
Berglund and Whitfield have been dubbed "the swingmeisters," performing much in the styles of Mel Torme, Jack Jones, Julie London, Annie Ross, Rosemary Clooney and Bing Crosby. They are currently members of the Modernaires, the close harmony vocal group with the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Whitfield is the musical director as well as one of the vocalists.
Berglund, in addition to her performances with the Modernaires, is the vocalist with the Stan Kenton Alumni Band. She has recorded for Tonight Show originator and host Steve Allen. While in college she sang with the St. Olaf Choir and was also a cast member of the Lincoln Center Theatre's award-winning "Godspell."
She is a featured singer with many local Los Angeles bands, including the Tracy Wells Big Band, the Scott Whitfield Jazz Orchestra and the Jumpin' Joz Band. She has worked acting and singing commercials and recorded for many songwriters, both classical and popular. Admitted to the Screen Actors Guild for her work in the comedy movie "Kiss My Grits," she also appeared in the Martin Scorsese film, "The King of Comedy" in the Marty Undercover scene with Jerry Lewis and Tony Randall.
Whitfield, in addition to his vocal talents, is also a trombonist, composer and arranger. He is recognized internationally for his work with contemporary big bands, including those of Toshiko Akiyoshi, Bob Florence, Clare Fischer, Johnny Mandel, Bill Holman, Phil Norman Tentet, Glen Miller Orchestra, Stan Kenton Alumni Band and the Jimmy Dorsey Band. He has his own Scott Whitfield Jazz Orchestras (East AND West). In addition to Whitfield's own recordings, his compositions and arrangements have been performed by such artists as Diva, Maurice Hines, The Pied Pipers, The Modernaires, Bill Allred's Classic Jazz Band, and Pete Peterson's 23-strong Collection Jazz Orchestra.
Whitfield's playing, writing, and singing have been compared to that of some of his biggest influences, including Carl Fontana, Frank Rosolino, Thad Jones, Sammy Nestico, Mel Torme and Jack Jones. While jazz ensemble composition and arranging are his forte, he's arranged for the Omaha Philharmonic and the New York City Pops Orchestra Whitfield settled in New York City in 1993 and became a member of the Nat Adderley Sextet. While in New York, he performed in many Broadway show orchestras, and backed well known performers such as Robert Goulet, Rita Moreno, Marilyn McCoo, Vic Damone, Jack Jones, Nancy Wilson, Natalie Cole, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Patti Austin and a host of others.
After leaving New York, Whitfield was on the faculty of Rutgers University teaching trombone, composition, arranging and improvisation.
Berglund and Whitfield have just released a new CD, "Solitary Moon," with the two singing melodies from the "Johnny Mandel Song Book."