- Artist: Janet Klein
- Format: CD
- Release Date:10/17/2000
The enchanting ukulele chanteuse, Janet Klein and her intriguing gentlemen pals, the Parlor Boys, perform 23 Late Ragtime and Early Jazz-Age tunes as well as 1920s jazz-styled Hawaiian numbers and French and Amercian speakeasy songs. Sweet and sexy like a classic showgirl, evoking the vamps of the silent era, Janet Klein coos gloriously sweet numbers such as 'You're A Heavenly Thing' and 'Cooking Breakfast For the One I Love' and flirts and teases with naughty songs such as ' The Physician','Nasty Man' and 'I'm No Angel'. Janet's own unique vocal style reflects the old-fashioned sweetness and charm of bygone singers like Ruth Etting, Josephine Baker, Lil Armstrong and Mae West. Among the Parlor Boys are two alumni of R.Crumb's band 'The Cheap Suit Serenaders', Tom Marion, on guitar, mandolin and banjo, and Robert Armstrong, on Hawaiian steel guitar, accordion and saw, as well as recording and radio personality Ian Whitcomb, on ukulele and accordion, composer, band-leader and music historian Brad Kay, on ragtime style piano and cornet, and John Reynolds, on guitar and whistling (grandson of Zasou Pitts). Janet has managed to charm these time-warped musicians into her parlor and out on the town, performing regularly for audiences in Los Angeles and Northern California. Also an alluring treat is the CD packaging itself, chockfull of period photographs and ephemera from Janet's collection.
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