Scarlett and Dr. Bob Finney Jazz Group

Biographies

Scarlett - Featured Vocalist

Growing up in St. Louis, Missouri, Scarlett dreamed that one day she would perform in an elegant lounge in front of a shiny black Grand piano, dressed in an alluring gown singing just like her idols--Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, or Nancy Wilson.  Her family was poor and their main focus was just surviving so Scarlett's dreams were considered frivolous and unattainable.

Scarlett's dreams began to take shape once she relocated to California.  She met and married Robert Finney, Ph.D., a university professor who is also a jazz musician.  They embarked on their musical career together with his band backing Scarlett.  They made their debut appearance at the Gardenia Restaurant and Jazz Lounge in Los Angeles.  That appearance was followed by performances at the Lunaria Jazz Restaurant in Century City and morphed from there.  They have performed to capacity crowds in and around Long Beach, CA such as the Sky Room atop the Breakers Hotel, the Madison, DaVinci's, the Long Beach Museum of Art, the Mexican-American Museum of Art, the Four Olives Jazz Restaurant, Los Cerritos Adobe Museum, Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum, Duke's Place at the Balboa Bay Club and a myriad of private events.  They were the featured band at Harrah's in Laughlin, Nevada for two New Year's Eve galas in a row and for a Marietta College reunion event in Marietta, Ohio.  They were voted "Best of Long Beach" in the entertainer's category by the Long Beach Award Program for seven consecutive years since 2012 earning them a place in the program's prestigious Hall of Fame.

Scarlett and the Dr. Bob Finney Jazz Group have three CDs that showcase jazz and pop classics from The Great American Songbook:  "Scarlett Fever," "Lush Life, " and "The Sax Doctor."   Also, Scarlett is the featured vocalist on Dez Rubano's "At'za Jazz" CD that was recorded in Denver, Colorado. 

Dr. Bob Finney - Tenor Saxophonist

During his Cranford, New Jersey high school days, Bob Finney was the tenor saxophonist in a Dixieland jazz group.  They played locally at high school events and variety shows.  But Bob wanted more.  While still a teenager, he heard that every Tuesday night at Eddie Condon's club in Greenwich Village there were open jam sessions and if you were lucky enough to get in you might be invited to play with some big name talent.  So, without his parents' permission, young Bob hustled off to New York as many Tuesdays as he could manage.  After more than a few tries, he got in.  Finally, the zealous young man with the saxophone got noticed and began getting invitations to join the more learned musicians on stage.  He played with trombonist Jack Teagarten and Miff Mole, trumpeter Red Allen, and drummer Cozy Cole.  On one occasion, clarinetist Peanuts Huckow leaned over to the eager youngster and said, "Hey kid!  Try this lick."  Those opportunities coupled with his formal lessons, helped to make Bob's improvisations that much sweeter over the years.