I found this season of American Idol utterly fascinating. The winner, Scotty McCreery is someone I wouldn't have picked in a million years to win the pop music contest. Scotty, 17 years young and, by all accounts, pretty easy on the eyes of teenage girls, is nonetheless an old-fashioned country baritone (think Randy Travis as a senior in high school). The runner-up, Lauren Alaina, is more of a pop/country singer. Even second runner-up, Haley Reinhart, comes out of the Janis Joplin southern blues/rock mold. Two of the other top thirteen singers were country boy Paul and southern gospel singer Jacob.
Joe Elefante has traveled 4 continents as a pianist, saxophonist, vocalist, composer, arranger, and bandleader. He has musically directed, conducted or played countless musical theater productions, including several at the Paper Mill Playhouse and Jersey Boys on Broadway and National Tour. Joe founded the Joe Elefante Big Band in 2001, which was the house band at Cecil's Jazz Club for three years, and was featured on ABC's Nightline and in The Wall Street Journal. Currently, Joe is a freelance composer/arranger/ performer, is very active as a school clinician and is Artistic Director of Elefante Music & School for the Performing Arts.
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