But back to the band - they were good, playing numbers from George Gershwin, Tommy Dorsey, E. Y. Harburg ("Over the Rainbow") all the way up to Stevie Wonder's "You Are the Sunshine of My Wife" in time. The 15-person band, with a guitarist, drummer, bass, piano, singer, and the requisite horns, gave spirited, evocative renditions of every song.
As someone who came of age in the 1950s, when rock 'n' roll was aborning and big-band music was mostly over, I've always found these sounds unexpectedly appealing. On the one hand, they seem old fashioned. On the other hand, I can hear an energy in them which rock music took a different way, and it's invigorating to hear and see it live, almost like traveling in time (another one of my favorite themes).
So if you ever get a chance to see Sentimental Journey, go for it. In the meantime, here's a photo - with Bob Cormier in the second row, white mustache and red tie and trombone in hand.