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Roger Cairns from California Los Angeles

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Roger Cairns started singing at a very early age and hasn’t stopped since. He sang at his
aunt’s wedding when he was three years old. He sang in the church choir. Every year, he
sang at the local residents' association Christmas party. He sang at school and was 12
when he was awarded the Robert Burns Prize for excellence in the singing of Scottish
songs. That’s what Roger knew, that’s what he loved, and that’s what he decided he was
going to do when he turned 9: he was going to become a singer.

Flash forward 50 years and Roger is in Los Angeles, California, singing with a 20-piece
jazz orchestra. His musical path out of the Scottish projects was circuitous, to say the
least: it took him from crawling over English rooftops installing television antennas to
delivering refreshments to the Beatles; from taking helicopter trips to North Sea oilrigs to
organizing outdoor stunt spectaculars in Saudi Arabia; from impromptu visits by the
KGB to the birth of his three children. And yet, though life frequently got in the way and
Roger had to put his musical career on hold several times over the years, never did any of
his experiences feed his soul the way music did and nothing ever replaced his love of
singing.

Roger was born in the small coal mining village of Gilmerton, a suburb of Edinburgh, Scotland in
1946. Not surprisingly, Roger’s talent and his penchant for music were neither nurtured
nor welcomed by his family in a post-war Britain more concerned with survival than
entertainment. So when he was 15 years old, Roger was sent off to complete a five-year
mining engineering apprenticeship with the National Coal Board.
But eighteen months later, tired of being underground, Roger emerged from the bowels of
the Scottish mines and headed for London to pursue his dream. He was 17.

Within a
couple of years, Roger found himself touring Germany with London-based Rare Amber
and releasing a blues album on the Polydor label. Then came Rubber Duck, a nine-piece
jazz-rock ensemble which caught the ear of Bee Gees manager Dick Ashby and earned
Roger backstage congratulations from Jimi Hendrix.

The group Listen, led by Essex-based composer Paul Abrahams, followed, and won a
national rock contest in 1972. With Listen, Roger sang on BBC TV’s flagship Old Grey
Whistle Test, performed live on Britain’s chief radio station, Radio One, and landed on
the front page of the then best-selling music paper, Melody Maker. Listen also performed
at the Queen Alexandria Hall in Kensington on the occasion of future Prime Minister Tony
Blair’s nineteenth birthday.

More success followed as Roger secured an EMI recording contract, enjoyed radio
airplay across the dial in the UK, and garnered widespread coverage in national and
regional dailies. He fronted Roger Berteau & the Radiomen, released a couple of singles
on the Hollywood label under the stage name John Laine, and landed an interview and
performance on BBC TV’s nationwide Breakfast Time morning program. He was also a
guest on Richard Baker’s celebrated Start the Week Radio 4 program.

Who is this man? A blues singer? A jazz singer? John Laine?

If there’s one thing people who know Roger will agree on, it is that he is a chameleon. He
can move seamlessly between styles and genres, between blues, jazz, ballads and swing,
between musical eras, like the show tunes of the 30s and 40s, through the lush ballads of
the 50s and early 60s, to the revived rhythm & blues of the 60s and the fusions of the 70s.
After all, Roger’s musical influences are motley, ranging from Ray Charles to Mel
Torme, David Clayton-Thomas to Johnny Hartman, Steve Winwood to Vic Damone. And
yet, although it’s tempting to suggest that Roger’s inimitable sound is a reflection of the
kaleidoscope of music that emerged during his formative years, Roger’s unique singing
style simply cannot be pinned down. As composer Paul Abrahams states, Roger has
integrated the “disparate strands [of the masters] into something that is distinctly his
own.”

It’s not surprising if you consider that, as a teenager, Roger was fascinated with the
science of singing—the phrasing and vocal technique of one artist, the voice production
of another. He was beguiled with the capacity of certain song stylists to convey emotion
so purely, with such subtle discipline in their vocal technique, that they were more
moving to behold than any rock star throwing himself about the stage. He was a student
of music itself, immersing himself in all its breadth and depth. He was soaking it in,
literally communing with sound. As a result, when Roger performs, he doesn’t just sing,
he feels.

And today, it’s jazz that Roger is feeling. In 1992, he auditioned with the LA-based Dirk
Fisher Big Band, he signed on, and performed with the band until 2005. Though the sheer exhilaration of fronting a big band performing swing continued to
gratify Roger immensely, he could not resist the draw of leading a small group. So, with the
enthusiastic support of his wife, Chitra and the unstinting help of his hugely talented
arranger/pianist/composer and fellow jazz lover Gary Fukushima, Roger established his five-piece Roger Cairns Jazz Crew. The less structured setting of a quintet
accommodates improvisation so Roger now enjoys the freedom to weave in and around
material which is as eclectic as Roger’s past. The resulting sound has the sense of deja vu
but yet feels fresh and original, while at the same time is familiar, comfortable and
welcoming without being tired or jaded.

Jumana Abu-Ghazaleh
New York
March 2006

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"The Dream Of Olwen" Reviewed by RadioIndy.com!
POSTED BY: disturbed3003 POSTED ON: 26 Sep 2010 12:04 PM

The outstanding album, “The Dream of Olwen,” by Roger Cairns & Gary Fukushima, is easy listening music at its best. This duo has taken a superb collection of Great American songs from the past and interweaves their own musical interpretations to them. Vocalist, Roger Cairns, sings with a deep and rich tonality while Gary Fukushima accompanies him on the piano with delicate and dreamy dexterity. The classic song, “I’m In Love Again,” is an expressive ballad as Cairns projects his voice with emotional sincerity while Fukushima performs with a tender, crisp and clean piano accompaniment. A favorite standard from the past, “Ebb Tide,” is performed with passionate vocals and gently surging piano complexities. Another delightful number, “For All We Know,” is delicate and dreamy as the relaxed vocals and sweet piano melodiously charm its way into your heart and soul. If you like Andy Williams or Mel Torme, then you will thoroughly enjoy the splendid collection of songs on the wonderful album, “The Dream of Olwen.”

-Diane and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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POSTED BY: radioindy POSTED ON: 08 Sep 2010 11:37 AM

  Roger Cairns & Gary Fukushima: The Dream of Olwen
An ideal solo recital, Cairns with musical soul mate, Gary Fukushima ... betrays a musical psyche steeped in the Great American Songbook. ... Roger’s distinctive voice pleasures these songs … treating all as poetry deserved of prominent reading. Genre: Easy Listening: Ballads Release Date: 2010



"Let's..." Reviewed by RadioIndy.com!
POSTED BY: EricLawrence POSTED ON: 10 Oct 2008 12:39 AM
Roger Cairns’ “Let’s…” showcases the Scottish vocalist’s ability to move seamlessly between many musical styles, settings and genres. His passion, versatility, and flexibility are on full display as he interprets jazz standards and more modern selections. The production is clean and straightforward, with the vocals upfront and Cairns being supported on most tracks by a jazz quartet consisting of piano, bass, drums, and sax, though the sax is replaced by a fitting jazzy guitar on the spirited “Gravy Waltz.” From the New Orleans feel of “Moonlight Becomes You” to the Brazilian textures of “They Say It’s Wonderful” and “How Am I To Know,” Cairns' personality can’t help but to shine through. His heartfelt rendition of the jazz standard “My One And Only Love” is a definite highlight, exhibiting his mastery of the jazz ballad. Additional notable tracks include the bouncy, lively “Stormy Monday” and the contemporary sound of “To The Ends Of The Earth.” “Let’s…” is recommended for fans of jazz vocals and, with the many different styles presented here including blues, jazz, ballads, and swing, music fans in general.
-Rodney and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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"Let's..." by Roger Cairns (Jazz Artist from Los Angeles, California(CA))
POSTED BY: momof5pacs POSTED ON: 18 Jan 2009 07:48 PM

RadioIndy is pleased to present Roger Cairns with a GrIndie Award for the CD "Let’s…"

Roger Cairns’ “Let’s…” showcases the Scottish vocalist’s ability to move seamlessly between many musical styles, settings and genres. His passion, versatility, and flexibility are on full display as he interprets jazz standards and more modern selections. The production is clean and straightforward, with the vocals upfront and Cairns being supported on most tracks by a jazz quartet consisting of piano, bass, drums, and sax, though the sax is replaced by a fitting jazzy guitar on the spirited “Gravy Waltz.” From the New Orleans feel of “Moonlight Becomes You” to the Brazilian textures of “They Say It’s Wonderful” and “How Am I To Know,” Cairns' personality can’t help but to shine through. His heartfelt rendition of the jazz standard “My One And Only Love” is a definite highlight, exhibiting his mastery of the jazz ballad. Additional notable tracks include the bouncy, lively “Stormy Monday” and the contemporary sound of “To The Ends Of The Earth.” “Let’s…” is recommended for fans of jazz vocals and, with the many different styles presented here including blues, jazz, ballads, and swing, music fans in general.

-Rodney and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
Check out Roger Cairns's music on RadioIndy.com with link to purchase and links to popular sites



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