Right around the turn of the century, The South City Voices began to emerge onto the Atlanta music scene. Several years earlier, charter members Don Discenza, Derk Simonson, and Rebecca Windham, while developing their own solo careers, experienced a variety of permutations under several different names throughout a 5 year period before the group came to be called what it is today. The end result was the addition of lead soprano’s Jaide Fried and Shawn Megorden in the summer of 2005 and tour dates throughout the country with nationally acclaimed pianist Mac Frampton and his Hollywood Hills Orchestra, culminating in the October, 2003 debut CD release of ""Got Swing!"", a rich diversity of rhythm section and a cappella numbers, co-produced with Bill Allgood and featuring original arrangements of classic jazz standards by Rebecca and Don.
Today, the South City Voices are a rare blend of style, class, hip rhythms, and tight vocal harmonies that are keeping alive this wonderful American art form we call jazz. Sometimes compared with Manhattan Transfer, these southerners are delighting audiences everywhere with their smooth, silky sound, dynamic stage presentation, and outstanding band of world class jazz musicians.
Most recently, South City Voices is becoming a force of its own in Atlanta after a triumphant debut series of concerts at Libby’s Cabaret, Atlanta’s’ top jazz venue, performing arts guest appearances with the Atlanta Pops Orchestra and with their own talented 5 musicians around metro Atlanta, and now the return to Libby’s. SCV enjoys the on-going support of the Atlanta jazz radio station WCLK 91.9fm. The coming year boasts several performing arts center concerts in south Florida as well as Atlanta, beginning discussions on a couple very interesting projects, and a recent trip in January to establish contacts with Los Angeles jazz clubs and the Las Vegas scene.
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Testimonials & Reviews
"" Like Manhattan Transfer, most of [South City Voices] numbers are performed with a band- and a talented one at that! They really kick it on ""Route 66"", croon their silky voices on ""Nature Boy"" and lend an easy swing to ""Moonglow"". Their a cappella ""Ain't Misbehavin' features a cool vocalese break... This Atlanta, Georgia based mixed quartet truly knows how to swing their tight vocal jazz!""
""Mainely A Cappella""
""Hipsters will agree, The South City Voices are where’s it’s at in the jazz vocal department. Practicing the standards with necessary doo-wops and doo-wees with a quick flick of the hair, they’ll have any ballroom up and grooving in no time flat."" ""Awesome and breathtaking all at once, wrapped into a wonderful gift basket of studio production that would make Specter blush.""
""Thank you for inviting and treating us to such a wonderful evening of jazz and FINE vocal music. You guys are quite amazing
Dorothy and Leonard Altieri, Atlanta Pops Orchestra
“Having had the good fortune to work with South City Voices in a performance/ educational setting, I found the group to be highly professional. I was impressed with the quartet's musicianship, spontaniety and flexibility. It was a joy to work with and listen to them!”
Larry Lapin, Professor and Program Director Studio Music and Jazz/Vocal Program
Jazz Performance University of Miami
Aided by excellent arrangements and some fine instrumentalists, the Voices’ new CD swings straight through. An interweaving of vocal harmonies and rotating solo parts is punctuated throughout by the work or some fine playing and quality production.
Get ready for the swing era and the happy-go-lucky territory that goes with it...""Got Swing"", featuring the South City Voices from Atlanta make this a not-to-be-passed-up album for any lover of swing...unmatched harmonious vocals and get-your-body moving music...all fresh and making them their own with hip arrangements and performances
contemporary and nostalogic sound raises the standard for Vocalise.
Harmony, melody and humor provide this group with a road map to
Jay Edwards, WCLK 91.9 FM
""South City Voices is a talented Atlanta-area jazz vocal quartet closely modeled on the Manhattan Transfer but also evoking the jazz-classical fusion of the Swingle Singers. The group has the potential to do well in the mainstream jazz market. ""
Five Stars out of Five Music-Tech.Net Indie Artist Showcase Review
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