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Current Press Release:

Arcadia's Best July 4 Celebration

Past Press Releases: 

Cafe 322      Sierra Madre Playhouse

 Press Reviews

Pasadena Star-News

Beacon Publications

 

 

Letters of Recommendation

Mayor of Pasadena

Center for Spiritual Living

Pasadena Masonic Lodge

 

Press Releases

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Press Release

Date: June 25, 2011                For Immediate Release

Remember When to Perform at Arcadia’s Best Festival, Saturday, July 2

The Jazz Vocal Group Remember When will be performing at the street stage for the City of Arcadia’s kick off to the Independence Day weekend with the first annual Arcadia’s Best Patriotic Festival from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday July 2. The free daytime event in Downtown Arcadia sponsored by Arcadia’s Best Foundation will feature the first community parade, 10 gourmet food trucks, a car show, street fair, photo contest for prettiest baby and senior, and performances by many local groups.

A local performing group by origin, Remember When will bring its big band sound to the event. Remember When will first perform with the Theater Visions Productions about 11:15 after the parade, and later by themselves at 2:35PM. The stage area on the street at the corner of First Avenue and Bonita Street in Down Town Arcadia, right at the end of the 10:00AM Parade.

Created in the style of many big band and vocal groups from the 1930's & 40's, Remember When is a performing Vocal Group, singing Big Band Vocals, Jazz Standards and Movie Favorites in the greater Los Angeles area. The music is presented in a close harmony four part (SATB) style. The group performs both a'cappella and with big band sound tracks for a full orchestration of sound.

Remember When musical style is reminiscent of the Modernaires, the Pied Pipers, the Four Freshmen, The Lettermen, Manhattan Transfer and New York Voices. Remember When has a fresh approach to a hard to find jazz vocal style.

Arcadia is the home town of Remember When’s Founder and Organizer Steve Hawkins. He also attended Arcadia High School and sang in the High School Choir, graduated in 1968 and still resides there today. Many of the members of Remember When either reside in Arcadia, or one of the close neighboring communities.

This small town event promises to be a typical home town American Fourth of July celebration, just two days earlier of the main event on the same holiday weekend.

For more information about Arcadia’s Best Foundation and Remember When, visit these web sites:

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www.ArcadiasBest.com                              www.JazzVocalGroup.com

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Press Release

For Immediate Release, Nov 25, 2009

Remember When’s Christmas Show will

Feature Some Great Holiday Modern Classics

Remember When presents a Swinging Christmas Season Concert at one of the Groups favorite venues, The Center for the Visual and Performing Arts on Saturday, December 12 at 7:00 PM in Alhambra. The center is located at the Sage Granada Park United Methodist Church, 1850 W Hellman Ave in Alhambra. The group will perform many great Modern Christmas like Mel Torme’s "The Christmas Song", "Silver Bells" from the movie "The Lemon Drop Kid" starring Bob Hope and Irving Berlin’s "White Christmas". These arrangements and the great orchestrations are a delight to behold.

The Second half of the program will feature some great Big Band, Swing and jazz standard tunes presented in Remember When’s unique jazz harmony style. It will be like celebrating New Year’s Eve several weeks early!!!!

The doors will open at 6:30PM. Upon arriving at the Center, the patrons will enjoy more traditional Christmas music presented by the Dickens Holiday Carolers as they perform in the crowd while waiting for the concert to begin. Tickets are only $15 each for an evening of choral festival music delight. For tickets and reservations, contact the Center’s web site www.cvpaministry.com, by sending an email to 2Bizwind@yahoo.com or calling (626)230-5435.

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Press Release

Date: Nov 25, 2009                         Contact: Steve Hawkins              Cell: (626) 831.1920

For Immediate Release

Southern Californians invited to be part of the biggest Video Holiday

Card taping at the Dickens Holiday Festival in Sierra Madre

On Saturday, November 28, local Cable TV Producer John Johnson is video taping special holiday greetings from all those in attendance of the Sierra Madre Dickens Holiday Festival. The video is designed to be a special "live" Christmas Card to be placed on YouTube for our American Troops posted overseas to view and experience a part of small town America at Christmas time. It will also capture several activities that day.

In the past, there has been a special Christmas Card project to send Holiday greeting to American Troops overseas. That was cancelled last year due to the anthrax scare.

The Jazz Vocal Group, Remember When and The Dickens Christmas Carolers will share the main stage in Kersting Court during the Dickens Village Celebration in Sierra Madre from 3:00PM to 5:00PM, located in the heart of the village at the corner of Baldwin Ave and Sierra Madre Blvd in Sierra Madre. Several other local entertainers have been invited to attend, but at this time have not confirmed.

This Traditional Holiday Family Festival is a project of the Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce. It features booths by local artisans and non-profit vendors in the area, snow sleding on Sierra Madre Blvd, carriage rides in Downtown Sierra Madre and Pictures with Santa Claus. While the booths and downtown stores will be open, the entertainment and the greetings for the troops are free to the public.

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Press Release

Date: Sept 16, 2009                   Contact: Steve Hawkins             Cell  (626) 831-1920

For Immediate Release

Remember When’s New Fall Show to Mix

Big Bands Favorites with Broadway Show Tunes

The Jazz Vocal Group, Remember When will present a special Alhambra Pops and Swing Musical Concert at one of the Groups favorite venues, The Center for the Visual and Performing Arts on Saturday, October 16 at 7:00PM in Alhambra. The center is located at the Sage Granada Park United Methodist Church, 1850 West Hellman Ave in Alhambra. The program not only features some of the crowd pleasing big band selections, but several Show Tune solos by the individual members of Remember When, who will perform these solos from the audience, providing a great feel of theater in the round. It promises to be a night of great music, in a style that is not performed live these days.

The critics have raved about the music performed by Remember When. In a recent concert review, Bill Peters of Peters Music News state that "Remember When took the audience on a trip of old tunes from the ‘30's and ‘40's in a close-harmony vocal style....with a smooth deftness that made the musical journey a pleasure." The Pasadena Star-News also stated, "In a genre (of music) that is not heard much anymore, Remember When has really cornered the market."

The doors will open at 6:30PM. Tickets are only $15 each for an evening of choral music delight. For tickets and reservations, contact the Center’s web site www.cvpaministry.com, by sending an email to 2Bizwind@yahoo.com or calling (626)230-5435.

Go to web site: http://www.cvpaministry.com/

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Press Release

 Date: Aug 20, 2001                            Contact:  Steve Hawkins,  Founder & Organizer

A Brief History of Remember When

During the Spring of 1999, Steve Hawkins was singing Bass in the Sierra Madre Chorale, when the group attended a Los Angeles-Orange County Community Choral Festival. At the festival, a special vocal jazz group performed called Vocal Magic, a small ensemble from the Brea Community Chorale. The sound really captured Hawkins’s imagination and he decided to put a vocal group together to sing the same close harmony jazz style. The idea for Remember When was then conceived.

Hawkins had spent 7 years as a Barbershop Baritone and really enjoyed the close harmony group style. "I was always a fan of the small groups, the Johnny Mann Singers, the Hi-Los, the Anita Kerr Singers, and Manhattan Transfer. I really loved that sound."  He originally envisioned a Sextet & initially recruited 5 members of the Sierra Madre Chorale to start Remember When.  Ursula Hawkins, Roger Moon, Leslie Ziff, Andrea Gayhart & Katherine Dyden (as Musical Director & accompanist) were all members of the Sierra Madre Chorale.  Over time, Toni Enright, Robin Winterheimer, Earnie Lockart, Gloria Denison, Kristine Kwong, Clyde Yocum, and Dan Marx all auditioned & joined the group later over the past 5 years. Currently, Remember When features 14 singers. "I am really pleased at our group’s sound and style. We all work together very well," said Hawkins. Tenor Roger Moon added, "We all really love this music."

Remember When’s first public appearance was for the Los Angeles County Open House on October 5, 2002 at the Paseo Colorado Shopping Center in Pasadena. The simple audition tape was not only accepted by the Los Angeles County’s Arts Commission, but the Pasadena Symphony as well. "It was quite an honor to be selected. The audience really enjoyed to our performance."

Remember When specializes in vocal music of the ‘20's to ‘40's, Movie Musical Favorites, and Jazz standard tunes in a tight 4 part harmony style. The group performs mainly with big band sound tracks for a full orchestration sound.  To contact Remember When for booking dates and special events, call Steve Hawkins at the phone numbers & E-mail below. A new web site is coming soon.

Phone: 626. 831.1920        Organizer Fax: 928.441.5857       E-mail: info@JazzVocalGroup.com

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Press Release

For Immediate Release                                                   Date: July 12, 2009         

Remember When Returns to Altadena for another Great Evening of Musical Entertainment at the Coffee Gallery Backstage on August 27.

On Thursday, August 27, the Jazz Vocal Group returns to Altadena’s cozy and intimate night spot, the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N Lake Avenue in Altadena for a great night of classic jazz music. The program will feature Remember When performing some great Jazz Standards, Movie and Broadway Favorite Tunes and hot Big Band Vocals in their unique close-harmony Jazz vocal style.  This will be Remember When's last event open to the general public this summer.

The group will perform 2 sets with a "coffee break" in the middle of the show. (What else would you expect at a coffee house?) This will be a great opportunity to hear some great Big Band and Swing Jazz tunes in the past, presented in a fresh new harmony style.

"When we were starting to perform with our current group, one of our first performances was at the Coffee Gallery Backstage," said Group Founder & Organizer Steve Hawkins. "We were just an opening act, but it was a very important night for our group. The successful set helped us to grow and continue to get more performance dates. Now, we are returning to one of our first performance locations. We will have a great show!"

There will only be one show that night, starting at 8:00PM. Seats are only $15.00 each and can be secured by making a reservation on the Coffee Gallery Backstage’s reservation line: (626) 398-7917. For directions and parking instructions for the Coffee Gallery Backstage, consult their web site.

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Release Date June 7, 2009

   Remember When to Make First Ever

Appearance at Cafe 322


On Wednesday, June 24, The Jazz Vocal Group, Remember When, will make its first appearance at Sierra Madre's best musical dinner  club, Cafe 322 at 322 W Sierra Madre Blvd in Sierra Madre.  The only show will begin at 7:00PM and will end by 9:00PM. 

This event will be a return to the little village where the group was originally formed.  Remember When started as a small performance ensemble from the Sierra Madre Chorale in 1999.  Over the years, the members of Remember When has changed, the group has grown and the sound has really matured to a unique close-harmony jazz style.

"We are really looking forward to being in Sierra Madre again," state group founder and organizer Steve Hawkins.   "Several of our members still live in the area.  We hope to do many more performances there in the near future."

Remember When started as a hobby in 1999, but has grown a lot since then. "In 2008, we had 20 different performance dates," Hawkins continued. "Most of them were for private parties.   This year, we hope to have more performance dates open to the general public."
 

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Release Date:  March 16, 2009

Remember When to be Part of Big Charity Variety Show at the Sierra Madre Playhouse May 24, 2009

On Sunday, May 24 at 7:00PM, Remember When joins another 15 performers in an old fashion Musical Cabaret program in a benefit concert at the very cozy Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 West Sierra Madre Blvd in the Down Town Village of Sierra Madre.  This event is designed to benefit The Foothill Center for Spiritual Living in Sierra Madre.  The church is in the middle of raising funds to build a new church location in Sierra Madre.

This program is designed to be an old fashioned musical review.  Most of the performers are veteran entertainers.  While some are long time professionals, others are veterans of local community theater.  The evening program promises to be a fun evening of great musical entertainment.  David Johnson and Don Savage perform in classic crooner style, while John Greenwood is a fabulous Dean Martin Impersonator.  You can expect Miriam Birch, Steve Mattson and Betty Bondice do show tunes and some great audience participation.  The 4 Friends and Rafi Mauro both perform original music while David Zasloff mixes comedy and song.

Remember When will open the second half of the show with a combination of Jazz Standards, Broadway and Movie Favorites and Big Band Vocals.  And besides the great music, the program offers a few surprises.

Working on behalf of the Foothill Center for Spiritual Living, producer Doug Denison has put a great fun program together.  This will be a great way to celebrate the Memorial Day Weekend.  Tickets are $25.00 each and are available at the Sierra Madre Playhouse box office.  For tickets, call (626) 355-4318. 

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  • Date: Nov 27, 2009            Contact: Steve Hawkins           Cell: (626) 831.1920

  • For Immediate Release

    Remember When and The Dickens Christmas

    Carolers Share the Stage at the Dickens Village

    Faire in Sierra Madre

    On Saturday, November 28, Remember When and The Dickens Christmas Carolers will share the main stage in Kersting Court during the Dickens Village Celebration in Sierra Madre from 3:00PM to 5:00PM, located in the heart of the village at the corner of Baldwin Ave and Sierra Madre Blvd in Sierra Madre. Several other local enter-tainers have been invited to attend, but at this time have not confirmed.

    This Traditional Holiday Family Festival is a project of the Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce. It features booths by local artisans and non-profit vendors in the area, snow sledding on Sierra Madre Blvd, carriage rides in Downtown Sierra Madre and Pictures with Santa Claus.

    In the past, there has been a special Christmas Card project to send Holiday greeting to American Troops overseas. That was cancelled last year due to the anthrax scare. Therefore, for the first time, local Cable TV Producer John Johnson is video taping special holiday greetings from all those in attendance to be put on a special "live" Christmas Card to bring them a bit of home this Christmas Season. This card will be a special video placed on YouTube for the world to see. While the booths and the downtown stores will be open for business, the entertainment and the greetings for the troops are free to the public.

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    For more information about Remember When, visit www.JazzVocalGroup.com

    For more information about The Dickens Holiday Carolers visit www.DickensHolidayCarolers.com

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    Release Date:  Oct 16, 2006

    Remember When to Perform at the

    West Mission Autumn Art Festival in South Pasadena

    On Saturday, November 18, the Jazz Vocal Group REMEMBER WHEN will perform live on stage for the First Time at the West Mission Autumn Art Festival, a street festival located on West Mission Street, West of Fair Oaks in South Pasadena. Remember When will be on stage Saturday, Nov 18 at 2:10 to 3:00PM. There will be other musical performers on stage from 11:00AM-6:00PM on Saturday & Sunday.

    Created in the style of many big band and vocal groups from the past, Remember When is a performing Vocal Group, singing Big Band Vocals, Jazz Standards and Movie Favorites in the greater Los Angeles area. The music is presented in a close harmony four part (SATB) style. The group performs a'cappella and with a big band sound tracks for a full orchestration of sound.

    Remember When's musical selections features Jazz Standards, Movie and Broadway favorites tunes and Big Band Vocals. Many of the tunes are very familiar to the general public. All of their music is familiar to a various age groups, and is performed in a unique multi-part jazz harmony style.

    The group's musical style is reminiscent of the Pied Pipers, the Modernaires, the Mills Brothers, The Four Freshmen, The Ink Sposts, Manhattan Transfer and New York Voices.

    This is the first performance of REMEMBER WHEN in South Pasadena on an outdoor stage and is part of very busy fall and winter season for REMEMBER WHEN. While the bulk of the schedule is for private events, all public appearances will include plenty of advance public notice.

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    Press Release For October 5, 2006

    Remember When to Open On October 5 at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena

    On Thursday, October 5, The Jazz Vocal Group REMEMBER WHEN will perform live on stage for the First Time at the Coffee House Gallery, 2029 North Lake Avenue in Altadena.  REMEMBER WHEN will open the evenings entertainment for the evening headliner Brigitte DeMeyer.  Show time is 8:00PM.

    Created in the style of many big band and vocal groups from the past, REMEMBER WHEN is a performing Vocal Group, singing Big Band Vocals, Jazz Standards and Movie Favorites in the greater Los Angeles area. The music is presented in a close harmony four part (SATB) style.   The group performs a cappella and with a big band sound tracks for a full orchestration of sound.

    REMEMBER WHEN's musical selections features Jazz Standards, Movie and Broadway favorites tunes and Big Band Vocals.  Many of the tunes are very familiar to the general public.  All of their music is familiar to a various age groups, and is performed in a unique multi-part jazz harmony style.

    The group's musical style is reminiscent of the Pied Pipers, the Modernaires, The Four Freshmen, The Ink Spots, Manhattan Transfer and New York Voices.

    This is the first performance of REMEMBER WHEN at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena and begins a busy fall schedule for REMEMBER WHEN.  While the bulk of the schedule is for private events, all public appearances will include plenty of advance public notice.

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