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Angela O’Neill and the Outrageous8

Live at the Gardenia of Hollywood, August 2018 Review

Angela O’Neill and The Outrageous 8 – Live at the Gardenia of Hollywood, August 18, 2018

--Review by Matt Bosson

This powerhouse singer and her band, The Outrageous 8, are a first-class Jazz group specializing in American standards from the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s. Although they play their music with a big-band swing feel, they have a unique small-band sound, reminiscent of the “Great Ellington Units.” Featuring a rock-solid rhythm section – piano, bass drums – the band includes trumpet, trombone, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones. The unusual emphasis in the lower registers with the bari sax and horns adds colorful depth to trombonist, Harry Smallenburg’s original arrangements. Their dense chord structures made me think of both Duke Ellington and Stan Kenton’s bands. I was thinking this during the first two numbers of their set and then Angela O’Neill took the stage. Gifted with a beautiful alto, Angela can really swing and belt out the blues with the best of them, but she also lightens up nicely for softer ballads with a clean and lovely tone. Dynamics, rhythm and soul are the name of the game in Jazz, and Angela and her band have complete control of their craft. If you’re a fan of live Jazz music, you don’t want to miss them!”

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Angela O’Neill and the Outrageous8

Birthday Boogie Woogie show at the Gardenia, March 2019 Review

Angela O’Neill and the Outrageous8 - Birthday Boogie Woogie show at the Gardenia

--Review by Joel Rothberg of Life Magazine

“I cannot tell everyone enough how much fun last night was at the Gardenia Supper Club where Angela O'Neill's wonderful voice filled up that tiny room. There was a plentitude of music there, gems from my favorite-"The Great American Songbook",and in addition to Angela, our birthday girl, a bevy of guest singers to perform them including vocals by the pianist and the drummer whose singing I really liked. Al Timms as always gave us virtuous renditions and got us "Feeling Good." Judy Barrat performed as well, an original poem which was much appreciated..

“It was a treat to see Gary Brumburgh there..the icing on the cake. And Mayita Dinos looking like "the bomb" in her "outrageous" outfit. Also Kathryn Hopkins soloing and also together with Karen Celeste Cruz, "A Blonde and Brunette" got us alla-swayin' to a swinging beat. Angela is quite a hard working masterful vocalist at home on a stage, taking the utmost care with her performances.. she makes it look so easy. But believe me, it's not. We came out smiling, those great tunes in our heads.”Thanks to all. (Angela, now I guess I owe ya two drinks!) — with Judy Barrat, Sandra Booker, Gary Brumburgh, Kathryn Hopkins, Mayita Dinos, Tiffany Bailey and Diana Kujawsky Rothberg and Karen Celeste Kruz.”