Pour wine, dim the lights, relax, & take pleasure in how great songs can affect your feelings as Joey & Menza take you on a pensive journey. Enjoy!
About | Joey Giambra’s Legacy
Joey Giambra’s Legacy | Up Close and Personal features the gifted and multi-talented Joey Giambra and his lifelong friend and world-renowned jazz tenor saxophonist, Don Menza.
Joey is a Buffalo icon to many generations. He is a Buffalo history archivist, a wordsmith, and raconteur. Joey’s soul is woven into the fabric of his beloved hometown for which he wrote the song, “I Love You Buffalo” that appears on this CD.
Menza is a Buffalo native now living in California. He started playing tenor saxophone when he was 13 and has played with Stan Kenton and Buddy Rich’s 1968 big band.
In this Café Jazz masterpiece, Joey’s singing, Menza’s tenor, and Jimmy Calabrese’s stunning arrangements deliver the heart and soul of a man who has led a full life. We know you will love it!
Songs | Joey Giambra’s Legacy
You’ll have to buy the CD to hear the complete songs, but we thought you would enjoy a snippet and learning a bit about each song that appears.
WHY TRY TO CHANGE ME NOW
This 1st hit by Cy Coleman was the last song Frank Sinatra recorded for Columbia Records in 1952. After Menza’s masterful tenor saxophone intro, Joey sings it as if in an abyss, to a lover who won’t answer.
IT HAD TO BE YOU
First recorded in 1924, this classic was featured in several films, notably 1942s Casablanca. Joey and Menza give it new life in this pleading, pensive cry.
ONE NOT TWO
As an actor, Joey’s career began in New York City in 1961. As such, the city was the inspiration for this 1978 fictional love saga composed fully by him.
WHAT AM I TO DO
This Joey G composition from 1982 was incidental music in the 1988 Hollywood Actors Studio production of No One Is Us, a play written by Joey. This version features the wonderful Mary Ramsey on viola.
ALL OF ME
This standard introduced in 1931 by singer Ruth Etting, has become one of the most recorded songs in history. Joey gives it a unique, new treatment, while Menza delivers a virtuoso jazz solo.
Hoagy Carmichael’s music with Mitchell Parish’s lyrics became a hit in 1929 and was recorded over 1500 times. In 2004, the Library of Congress added it to the National Recording Registry. Here, Joey and Menza make it their own.
DON’T WANT NO MEMORIES HANGING ‘ROUND
This music and words came to Joey in 1978 while prepping food in his Hard Times Café in Buffalo. You’ll know the compassion upon hearing.
I'LL BE SEEING YOU
Sammy Fain’s and Irving Kahal’s 1938 composition became an emotional World War II theme. Bing Crosby made it a hit worldwide. Now Joey and Don Menza give it the same deep, emotional plea of those earlier years.
SHE WAS TOO GOOD TO ME / LOSING MY MIND (Medley)
Joey weaves two classics to yield a warm, haunting tale. The former, once called “He” Was, etc. was intended for female vocalists in Rogers and Hart’s 1930s musical, Simple Simon. In 1971, Stephen Sondheim, composed the latter for Follies. Joey’s love for these stories makes for a poignant medley.
In 1980 Joey said, “the last day in October was the first day in my life,” and Halloween was written. Featuring Russ D’Alba on alto saxaphone.
EVERY TIME WE SAY GOODBYE
In this timeless 1944 classic by Cole Porter, Joey’s unique rendition of two lovers separating, and Don Menza’s poignant tenor saxophone, bring new life to a great American standard.
I CAN'T GET STARTED
Joey tells this plaintive story of winning everything he wanted – except the love of the woman he desires. With Vernon Duke’s music and Ira Gershwin’s lyrics, this 1936 classic transcends time.
NEW ENGLAND ROMANCE
As a lifelong romantic, poet, and wordsmith, the beauty Joey found in a 1960s stay in New Hampshire inspired this, still another of his beautiful love songs.
Composer and historian Tom Naples wrote this heartfelt song after seeing a photo of Joey’s young, beautiful immigrant mother while listening to Joey’s epic tone poem, Bread and Onions.
I LOVE YOU BUFFALO
In 1978, Joey saw the spark of a Buffalo renaissance and composed “I Love You Buffalo” for singer Jackie Jocko. Now Joey gives this passionate piece his personal touch.
The Musicians | Joey Giambra’s Legacy
There are many talents that contributed to this CD. If you are from Buffalo, you probably have heard many of them. Many thanks to:
Don Menza – Tenor Sax
Russ D’Alba – Alto Sax
Joey Giambra – Trumpet
Jimmy Calabrese – Piano
Dan Hull – Drums
Louie Marino – Drums
Mark Harris – Bass
William Staebell – Bass
Mary Ramsey – Viola
Production | Joey Giambra’s Legacy
And for those who worked to put together this CD and make the talented musicians sound their best, many thanks to those behind the scenes:
Producer – Genie Productions
Executive Producer – Jean Rogers-Downes
Production Coordinator – Jimmy Calabrese
Masterful Arrangements by Jimmy Calabrese, together with LA Scoring Strings
Associate Producer – Tom Naples
Recorded at Soundscape, Buffalo, New York
Tracking Engineer – Joe Mecozzi
Mixing Engineer – John Caruso
Mastered by Joao at Joao Carvalho Mastering, Toronto
Photography by Mark Dellas (including photos used on this website) – Traffic East Publications
CD Design by Little Box Creative, Orchard Park, New York (including designs used on this website)
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