Spark In The Night
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Never Been In Love
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Bye & Bye
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Long Distance Love Affair
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Track List

You Don't Love Me
Never Been In Love
Spark In The Night
He's Gone
Down In Dixieland
Long Distance Love Affair
Ooh Ya Ya
Set Me Free
Bye & Bye
Come To Me
Let Them Talk Part I
Let Them Talk

Susan de Jong - Lead vocals on all songs except track
8. BV's on track 6.
Carmel Courtney - Alto, Tenor and Soprano Saxes.
Mike Arthur - Guitars.
The CPIT 'Ooh Ya Ya' Gospel Choir - BV's on tracks 4,9
& 12.
Nigel Spiers - Vocals on tracks 7 & 8, Synths, Mixing,
Design & Production.

All Songs & Lyrics © Nigel Spiers.
Recorded & Mixed at Plynlimon, Lyttleton & Grahams
Road Studios.
Special thanks to Pete Gannon and the team at PG
Music, Bob ‘Notes’ Norton and Ian McAllister of
Audio-Centric for mixing guidance and CD mastering
CD Pressing, printing & packaging by Stebbing Recording Centre.
February 2008 - Christchurch, New Zealand.

Susan de Jong - Powerhouse vocalist Susan de Jong is from Adelaide in South Australia and has chalked up 20 years of professional performance in Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Thailand and has supported the likes of Wynton Marsalis, James Morrison and Gloria Estefan. Susan is a Senior Tutor at the Christchurch Jazz School and lectures in Jazz voice, choral singing and ensembles. This year she has also undertaken a Masters degree at the Canterbury University School of Music. and her topic covers jazz singing in the post big-band, post-bop era of the 1950s-1960s, with specific regard to lyric interpretation.
Carmel Courtney - With her inimitable saxophone and vocal style, Carmel Courtney has forged a career as a musician that has taken her throughout the world playing with musicians on various projects including NZ bands Hampster, The Jews Brothers and Sabor. Carmel is currently playing, composing and recording with soul / funk DJ Max Maxwell (their album on Golden Bay Records is due out in early 2008). She is also developing a cabaret show Carmelita. Whether hauntingly beautiful improvisations or vibrant Latino jazz – all is infused with Carmel’s inspired style.
Mike Arthur - Originally from the Northern Beaches of Sydney , Australia Mike started playing guitar at a very early age in the Sydney swing band scene. He then studied Classical and Flamenco guitar for 8 years and then Jazz and Blues guitar from two of Australia’s finest - Roy Plummer and George Golla. At age 17 he was part of the early eighties Rock scene with Punk/ New Wave band "The Victims" where they did Supports for Midnight Oil, INXS, Renee Geyer, and Australian Crawl. Mike then formed his own 8 piece Funk band Climax. Since moving to Christchurch 20 years ago Mike has played as a supporting musician for the who's who of the Canterbury and NZ music scene. Two years ago Mike formed the very popular trio "Acoustic Groove" with local musician greats Brent Thomson (bass) and Alistair Olds (drums).
Nigel Spiers - A Rhythm & Blues fan who has been writing, playing and recording the Blues for over 35 years.
The CPIT 'Ooh Ya Ya' Gospel Choir - This group is formed from musicians enrolled in the CPIT Jazz Degree. Containing vocal majors and instrumentalists the musicians unite to sing gospel in the great Ooh Ya YA style of Nigel Spiers - our Patriarch and Mentor. Under the leadership of director Susan de Jong the Ooh Ya YA Gospel choir bring joy to hundreds in concerts around Christchurch, and soon.... the World!
Left to Right: Lucy Blackmore, Conradin Klaiss, Liam Muir, Bridget McGregor, Sarah Cannan, Karena-Tui Miles-Hemopo, Carolyn Shaw. Absent: Jonathon Breakwell, Brooke Love.
Album: U.S. Odyssey

A musical road trip through the U.S. with 12 original Blues, Jazz, Gospel and Soul tracks by Susan, her hot band and gospel choir.

A limited quantity of this rare CD is available at Blues and Views for:

NZ $34.95

(Includes Packaging & Postage)

Email us to order your copy

PLAINS FM Radio Interview with Susan de Jong & Nigel Spiers about the making of this album.

"In 2006 I had the opportunity to travel around the U.S. with friends on a musical road trip culminating in the New Orleans Jazz Festival. Inspired by Gospel, Blues and Broadway music in New York and the Jazz in New Orleans these are the songs I wrote on the road.

Right from the start I had Susan in mind for the vocals. While she is a renowned Australasian Jazz singer and tutor I always knew she had the soul to sing the blues. As a consummate artist and true professional she rose to the challenge and "nailed" every song - most of them in one take.

Carmel Courtney on sax and Mike Arthur on guitar are two other national treasures and two of my all time favourite musicians. It was an honour to work with them and the fabulous CPIT ‘Ooh Ya Ya’ Gospel Choir."
.....Nigel Spiers

CD is mastered to Red Book standard and pressed, printed and packaged by Stebbing Recording Centre Limited in Auckland New Zealand.
Also includes full colour 8 page booklet with detailed artist information and song lyrics.

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