Dave McKenna (Pianist) - McKenna was playing by seven, and taught himself to play jazz through radio and records. He joined Charlie Ventura in 1949, worked with Woody Herman from 1950-1, and then found himself in Korea until 1953. He spent the rest of the decade commuting between Gene Krupa, Stan Getz, Zoot Sims and Ventura, and most of the 1960’s working with Eddie Condon or Bobby Hackett (five records with Hackett’s quartet include the classic Blues With A Kick on Capitol ). In 1967 McKenna and his family moved to Cape Cod, near to Hackett (who called him "The best piano player alive") and there began club work with seven years at the Column. By the late 1970s he was back on the international circuit, touring and recording with Bob Wilber and Pug Horton. In 1979 McKenna signed with Concords Records, a deal which brought his talents to international attention-by the early 1980s he was making the rounds of the festival circuit with Concord’s Superband, including Kindred spirits such as Warren Vache and Scott Hamilton. Since then he has continued to produce CDs that illustrate his piano talents in full. "McKenna is his own rhythm section and the hardest swinging of them all.
Buddy DeFranco (Clarinet) - Buddy (Boniface Ferdinand Leonardo) Defranco played with several name bands on alto including Gene Krupa 1942-3, Charlie Barnet 1943-4 and Tommy Dorsey (three stints in 1944-8, during which he was featured on clarinet). In between, he did prolific small group work in California, New York, and Chicago. He was a member of the Count Basie Octet 1950-1, playing in a film short but not allowed to be seen with the otherwise all-black group ( (he was replaced on screen by Marshall Royal). He formed hi own big band (1951), then a quartet (1952-5) including Art Blakely and Kenny Drew, later Sonny Clark. He settled on the west coast, led a new quartet (1961-4), and then became leader of the Glenn Miller "Ghost band" (1966-74). Involved in education in the late 1970s and occasional work as a soloist, he made several tours to Europe in the 1980s and (from 1981) began an ongoing partnership with Terry Gibbs. A consummate technician who invariably provokes the envy of struggling performers.
With the Grammy nominated recording you must believe in swing, the perennially swinging duo of pianist Dave McKenna and clarineted Buddy DeFranco join forces together again, they pick up where they left off, swinging romp of a recording that could have only come from a perfect pairing of jazz legends.