Enjoy this unique performance by Mel Collins, Matt Forbes, Michael Washington, Joshua Cavanaugh, Patrick Barnitt and Music Director Duane Benjamin.
Duane Benjamin is an accomplished Musician, Orchestrator, Arranger, and Educator, who plays Trombone and Electric Bass. He has made a successful living in the music industry for over 40 years. Ben-jamin as he is affectionately known, has performed and recorded with the top industry legends. Count Basie Orchestra, The Gerald Wilson Orchestra, The Clayton – Hamilton Orchestra, The Paul Mc Donald Big Band and Stanley Clark — to name but a few in the Jazz World.
Mel has been a professional singer for the past twenty years. You’ve heard her voice on commercials and voice-overs. Perhaps you’ve seen her singing at Disneyland or as the official jazz vocalist for Disneyland’s private venue “Club33”. Mel has been a background vocalist for many artists including Michael Bublé. Her most recent work for Michael Bublé included backgrounds for his hit single “I Believe in You”. She has had the distinct honor to be the opening act for Bob Newhart in his sold-out standup performances.
Matt Forbes is being hailed as one of the most important new voices to hit the genre in over a decade. As a lone baritone in a sea of pop tenors, the Canadian crooner is drawing widespread acclaim for his dynamic, soulful reinterpretations of pop songs, both old and new. Hailed by GRAMMY-winner Steve Tyrell as "an important new messenger for the Great American Songbook", Matt's music has been featured on E! News, BBC Radio 2 and The Huffington Post and can be heard regularly on Sirius XM's 'Siriusly Sinatra' and KJAZZ 88.1 FM.
Joshua David Cavanaugh has performed around the globe as a singer as well as an actor. His accomplishments include various concerts featuring the music of the Rat Pack, Michael Bublé and other well known artists. He holds a BM in Vocal Performance from Chapman University and an MM in Vocal Performance from NYU.
Patrick Barnitt is a popular LA based crooner/actor who appears in venues all over the southland and most recently appeared in ‘Cocktail Hour: Songs of the Rat Pack’ at the California Center for the Arts in San Diego. His new big band record SWAY features the Paul McDonald Big Band and trombonist/musical director Duane Benjamin and can be heard on KJAZZ and jazz stations around the country. He has appeared at Herb Albert’s Vibrato, Rava Winery in Paso Robles, Frankie’s Back Room in Palm Springs and is a frequent guest at the famed Hollywood Rat Pack lounge, The Dresden Room, with legends, Marty and Elayne Roberts.
Michael has performed with Michael Buble, Judith Hill, Kirk Franklin, Roz Ryan, Yolanda Adams, Eden Espinosa and Peaches and Herb. As well as performing with artists on TV— "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno, MTV's "The Cut," The WB "Popstars," BET's "Sunday Best" (Season 4 top 10 finalist) and General Hospital's "Night Shift" with Billie D. Williams. He has also toured with Josh Groban and The Alley Cats and performed in many stage shows for Disney and Universal.