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My View: A Face For Radio and Much More

My View: A Face For Radio and Much More

As the old joke goes “he has a face for radio”….Well, Bob Merrill Legends Radio host and interviewer also has the face, demeanor, and musicianship to be a vocalist/bandleader.  He brought the group Sunnnyside Swing to the Persson Hall at The Kravis Center last night for an evening of hits from The Great American Songbook.  I used to always wonder what those comforting voices on the radio looked like.  When I first met “The Old Jock” Legends founder Dick Robinson he kinda looked exactly like he sounded, trustworthy and impressive.  It was nice to realize that Merrill, the guy pushing the buttons and talking about the tunes he selects on his radio program Legends After Dark is also capable of performing them.  An added treat was Bob’s special guest famed jazz pianist Bill Mays.

Hailing from Delray Beach, Sunnyside Swing strives to preserve and perpetuate the unique artistry of early American popular music.  The band’s repertoire includes a fresh take on vintage jazz, blues, and country swing tunes from the 1910s-1950s, as well as originals in the style of these traditional genres.

BOB MERRILL

BOB MERRILL

BOB MERRILL

JILL LURIE & BOBB MERRILL

TOM REGIS

PAUL SHEWCHUK

BILL MAYS

BILL MAYS

JILL LURIE & BOB MERRILL

SUNNYSIDE SWING

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Stephen studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen’s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the “First All Children’s Theatre” which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen’s photographs, videos and articles appear on Broadwayworld.com, T2Conline.com and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is also an Honorary Board Member of The Society For The Preservation of The Great American Songbook. Stephen Sorokoff@gmail.com

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