We have an amazing line up of talent.
We have an amazing line up of talent.
Bill A. Jones
Bill A. Jones
Bill A. Jones is best known as news anchor “Rod Remington” on FOX TV’s Glee. Bill is also an accomplished singer, voice over artist, & emcee.
As a singer, Bill has opened for Tony Bennett and Steve Tyrell, toured with The Glenn Miller Orchestra, and released two CDs on CDBaby.com. He was recently named one of LA’s Best Concert/Cabaret Artists by BroadwayWorld.com.
As an actor, in addition to Glee he’s appeared on Comedy Central’s Workaholics, The King Of Queens, CSI New York, Everybody Hates Chris, Las Vegas, Criminal Minds, and appeared as millionaire “Brad Bush” on the long running daytime drama Days of Our Lives. Many still recognize Bill as the “Don't Count That” golfer from a beloved FedEx commercial.
And it is possible you may have heard Bill over the airwaves, as he was an award winning radio personality for many years, heard on over 200 stations nationwide via Westwood 1's Adult Standards format.
Bill's association with Battle of the Big Bands goes back to the beginning of the production, as host and ‘Boy Singer’ for the show of the Glenn Miller vs Tommy Dorsey ‘Battle’.
A native of Nashville Tennessee, Bill and his family make their home in Los Angeles. For more information about Bill A. Jones, please visit his website.
Nancy Osborne’s road to the Entertainment Business began in Maysville, Kentucky (the same home town of Rosemary Clooney), where she was one of seven sisters in a musically talented family. From the age of 3 being on the stage singing and dancing just seemed to fit!
Nancy began her professional career at 17 with “The Young Americans.” She subsequently toured nationally in such well known shows as “L’il Abner,” “Cabaret,” “Gypsy,” and “My Fair Lady.” Her talents caught the attention of Walt Disney Productions, where she was cast to perform in “the Kids of the Kingdom.” This led to being given the starring role of ‘sassy Slue Foot Sue” in Disneyland’s “Golden Horseshoe Revue”.
Nancy’s career led to performing with some of the greatest bands and orchestras led by legendary Leaders; Nelson Riddle, Tex Beneke, Ray Anthony, and Pat Longo. More recently, “Geo Valle’s Swing City Orchestra” and “Johnny Vana’s Big Band Alumni,” with whom she recorded two outstanding CD’s and video of their “Live from Las Vegas” show.
In addition to her work with Big Bands, Nancy has been a singer with the Famous “Chordettes,” performing popular 50’s hits. Her ongoing success brought tour performances with some of Rock n Roll’s most popular groups such as “The Crewcuts,” “The Four Preps,” “The Four Lads,” and “The Four Aces.”
Her recently released jazz combo CD “Songs in the Key of Love,” presently airs on over 200 radio stations worldwide. She also produced her own 17-piece Big Band CD “Hot Swing, Cool Jazz,” which has received rave reviews from Jazz aficionados around the world.
Apart from singing Nancy’s a gifted Actress, with a host of appearances in films and television. Her polished stage presence led to her being cast in 2009 as the leading lady in the Canadian Stage hit comedy “Viagra Falls,” which brought critical acclaim. Critic Danny Gasin, of “the Ontario Arts Review” proclaimed; “A highly professional actor, Nancy demonstrated thespian excellence.”
With a successful career that’s still going strong, Nancy lives to perform. Her beauty, captivating voice, and engaging personality have enabled her to truly connect with her audiences keeping them engaged and leaving with happy hearts. This is what makes Nancy the consummate professional that she is.
If you’d like more information about Nancy Osborne, please visit her website.
Ned Rifken, headline Entertainer, has performed in over 2,000 concerts worldwide for Holland America, Regent Seven Seas, Silversea & Seabourne Cruise Lines. Whether in China, Iceland, Tahiti or the Panama Canal, Ned wins over the hearts of audiences singing the beloved music from “The Great American Songbook.” He has toured year-round in Alaska, Hawaii and Mexico starring in Carnival Cruise Lines “Singing with the Big Band” and “Swing Time” as their one and only official “Ambassador of Swing.”
Based out of Los Angeles, Ned’s vocal talents have been featured at countless events in the Western United States including: The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Vegas Casinos, Songwriters Association Tribute to Ray Evans, Palos Verde Jazz Festival, City of Beverly Hills, City of Brentwood, Performing Arts Centers, L.A. Jazz Sweet and Hot Festival and Typhoon at the Santa Monica Airport, to name a few.
Here are just some of the Big Bands that Ned has performed with: Paul McDonald Big Band, the iconic Randy Van Horne's Alumni Association, Rex Merriweather’s Not Your Father's Big Band, Johnny Vana's Alumni Band, Horace Heidt and his Musical Knights, Bill Webster’s Unabridged Big Band, Tim Davies Big Band, Geo Valle's Swing City, Late Nite Big Band, The Conejo Pops Orchestra, The Bob Noval Orchestra and Decades - Rock Tribute Band.
Ned has had the honor of working with many legendary studio musicians who have been associated with practically every Grammy winning Big Band from the 20th Century. These artists have collaborated with Brian Setzer, The Manhattan Transfer, Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Henry Mancini, Nelson Riddle, Tony Bennett, Mel Torme, Barry Manilow, Rod Stewart and many more!
His traditional Jazz Quartet “Ned Rifken and the Hipmunks,” have performed at numerous events in the Southern California region, including a residency at the famous “The Grove in Beverly Hills.” Their CD titled “No Worries” features Ned’s original song of the same title. This classic Jazz CD features legendary actor/artist/comedian/musician Martin Mull playing guitar on Ned’s version of Martin’s song “Flexible.”
Candace Delbo’s passion for singing has been a lifelong one which has resulted in an interest in and mastery of many vocal styles…from classical to gospel, from musical theater to doo wop and jazz. She takes particular joy in singing multi-part harmonies, a skill which she developed as a young child while singing in the car with her family and through a lifetime of choral music which makes her perfectly suited to sing the lush harmonies of The New Chordettes, with whom she has toured extensively. She credits her mother, Sally Stair, Mrs. Bell, Mr. Marvin Brown and Mr. George Greb for their early musical influences in her life.
Candace is committed to “paying it forward” so as to guide students of all ages to their own God-given voice and to discover the joys of expressing one’s self through song and performance.
She has been honored in her home town of Ojai, CA by being voted the Rotary Club’s “Ojai Living Treasure” in 2012 for her musical volunteerism in the community, most notably by establishing elementary after school choral programs. Many hundreds of kids have found their voices and developed their talent through Candace’s tutelage.
Candace has directed multiple vocal groups, adult as well as youth ensembles. She has been vocal director for many musical productions at the Ojai Arts Center, including Sound of Music, winning the Four Star Theater Award for best Musical Director. She was the proud director of “The Nanas & Papas”, a musical revue dedicated to Grand-parenting. Currently Candace teaches elementary music at Ojai Valley School.
Candace teaches private voice lessons to singers of all ages. She resides in Ojai with her husband of 49 years, Ken who is a well-known accomplished percussionist. They have 3 children and 3 grandchildren.