It’s obvious watching this Video the fun that Suzanne and I had and she was definetly a great foil on stage. But beyond that on the inside there are 3 elements here for me that are why i got into music and this comes from early Louis Armstrong who was my first inspiration and mentor beside my dad. Louie combined not only being a great and powerful jazz trumpet player (the greatest of all time) but also an entertainer and bandleader with a real element of “showbusiness” as is obvious in his famous 1934 footage of “Dinah” in Denmark something worth checking out on you tube. For me Suzanne and the TV show gave me that type of platform that the straight jazz world didn’t and i had a ball ! Glenn
In my career I have had several what you might call “foils” to create with. These are artists where i had a tremendous rapport right from the start and it was just easy to make music together. In the Jazz world Benny Goodman was one of those artists who I spent 2 years with side by side on stage. Bob Wilber the great soprano player was another and we were together several years and recording many albums. Suzanne Somers was a very special artist and we had a rapport or “simpatico” that was very special from the first moment as is very obvious from this clip. This song one of my favorite standards “But Beautiful” is the one that started that musical relationship with Suzanne that lasted for 9 years and definitely was a high point to an illustrious career for me. This clip is from our live show on a video titled Suzanne Somers Live at Club Indigo featuring Glenn Zottola available on Amazon.
This is another clip from the pilot. As you can see we really had fun from the start and Suzanne was the driving force behind that as you can see ! Glenn
Suzanne loved this song and we are about the same age (although I would say she looks better than me) and we both talked about hearing Eydie Gorme sing this on the Tonight Show growing up years ago. I truly love playing behind singers and for sure Suzanne and I had a very special rapport or “sympatico” as her husband called it. Music and a song are timeless. Glenn
This was our pilot for the TV show at Universal Studios. Glenn