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.
Robyn Spangler has wowed audiences around the world performing concert and convention dates, beneﬁts, private events and clubs. She has been a “Playbill Pick - Must See Club Show in New York”, “Broadway World Award Winner for Best Female Vocalist”, “Schroeder Award” recipient from the San Diego Cabaret Association, and received the “Outstanding Production Award” from the San Diego Fringe Festival for her show with the San Diego Ballet Symphony. Robyn has also been tapped for a “Robby Award for Excellence in Theatre” and two “Eddon Awards” for her musical performance and CD’s respectively.
Robyn started singing professionally with her ﬁrst cover band at 17 in the Cincinnati area. In college she performed in many lives shows at “Kings Island” and “Opryland” and honed her craft in the amusement park system as well as doing stock and dinner theatre.
Robyn’s day job is working as a commercial actress for over 25 years. DHL, Hilton Hotels, Ford Cars / Trucks and Poligrip are among her many commercial credits. She cohosted the television show “PM Indianapolis” before moving to the west coast.
More recently, she has guested with the San Diego Ballet Symphony at the Lyceum Theatre in San Diego, the Saddleback College Emeritus Institute Symphony Symphony in Laguna Beach, the New England Symphonic Ensemble at Carnegie Hall in New York and Royce Hall at UCLA in Los Angeles.
Robyn has had the honor of sharing the stage with many of her idols: Mary Wilson of the Supremes, Academy Award Winner J.K. Simmons, Davis Gaines and Dale Kristien from Broadways’ Phantom of the Opera, Sally Kellerman from M.A.S.H., and Donny Most of Happy Days fame. You’ll ﬁnd her singing "The Star Spangled Banner" in her hometown of Cincinnati at a Reds Game when she visits.
Robyn's CD "Something Cool: The Billy Barnes Sessions" was named one of the best of 2017 by All About Jazz. Her holiday album "Christmas Is" won an EDDON Award. Her self-penned single "Second Wind" spent two weeks at #1 on ReverbNation. Robyn's music also receives ranking on the jazz charts, has received airplay on Delta Airlines' Hello Music Channel and plays in rotation on radio stations across the US. To purchase Robyn’s music visit iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/robyn-spangler/312543655
Robyn is thrilled to be part of the “Battle of the Big Bands” Family. For more information about Robyn Spangler, please visit her website.
Don Lucas migrated to Los Angeles from Boston, Massachusetts after a two year International Tour with the Glenn Miller Orchestra as Lead Vocalist opening for Mel Torme, Rosemary Clooney, Jerry Vale and Teresa Brewer, Carol Channing, Bobby Rydell and Debby Boone. He has sung behind Barbra Streisand (way behind!) and with “Jersey Boy” Frankie Valli as one of the Four Seasons in Frankie’s farewell tour. As leader of the Palm Beach Orchestra Don plays locally and recently completed ten years with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra as musical director of The Pied Pipers vocal group.
In regional theatres around the country, Don has shared the stage with John Lithgow, Rosemary Harris, Roger Daltrey, Harry Groener, John Mahoney and Loretta “Hotlips” Swit. Favorite roles include the Emcee in Cabaret, La Cage aux Folles as Albin, and Mr. Showman-ship, Liberace in Judy’s Scary Little Christmas. Los Angeles premieres include Eating Raoul, original plays at the Taper and Tiffany Theatres, and multiple productions of Hello Mudduh, Hello Faddah including Off-Broadway. TV Credits include Golden Girls, a three-year stint on General Hospital, and a four-season association with Picket Fences.
Along with fellow Pied Pipers, Don is a proud member of the Vocal Group Hall of Fame and remains the only actor in Los Angeles authorized by Lucie Arnaz to portray Ricky Ricardo at Universal Studios Hollywood and holds a degree in Drama/Directing from Boston Conservatory. His debut CD Nice ‘N Easy released in 2013, is now in its second printing. Come hear Don with This Ain’t Your Daddy’s Big Band at Viva Rancho Cantina, Burbank every Monday at 7:30. Don continues to earthquake-proof his Sherman Oaks home of twenty-two years.
For more information about Don Lucas, please visit his website.
Lia Booth is quickly establishing herself as one of Southern California’s most talked about young jazz singers. She has been making a strong impression and building a solid fan base with her fun, dynamic and heartfelt performances. Her daring yet effortless musical style is rooted deeply in the past but with a contemporary sensibility that breathes new life into classic jazz standards night after night.
Lia had her start singing in the college vocal jazz ensembles Singcopation (Mt. San Antonio College, Bruce Rogers, Director) and Pacific Standard Time (Cal State Long Beach, Christine Guter, Director). These experiences included several recording projects and appearances at the famed Monterey Jazz Festival and other notable concert venues.
Since 2010 Lia has been performing in popular jazz venues across Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties, working both with the area’s younger generation of “jazz lions” and with a host of veteran jazz musicians.
While actively leading her own groups, Lia is also a featured member of The Tony Guerrero Quintet and The Swingliners. She has just released a new album of standards in a duo setting with guitarist Will Brahm (available on all music platforms for purchase NOW!) and is currently in the planning stages for an upcoming big band album. Check back often for news on some exciting upcoming projects!
For more information about Lia Booth, please visit her website.