Known as The Voice of Westchester, Peekskill’s Doug Ferony is a veteran singer, producer and actor who has been performing throughout the New York metro region and beyond since the eighties. In that time the prolific crooner has delivered a steady string of timeless recordings. With a heavy dose of brat-pack cool, Ferony has produced a dozen albums featuring his own unique spin on jazz and pop standards.
Devoted to carrying on the tradition of all the classic East Coast singers that preceded him, through the years Doug Ferony has performed in some of the most prestigious venues in and around the Big Apple and beyond, including New York’s Tavern on the Green and casinos in both Atlantic City and Las Vegas. Regular readers of The Static Dive will remember Doug’s version of “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face“. The track was the first single from his new album, which has finally arrived.
Catch the Wave is the new album from Doug Ferony, released worldwide via all major streaming services on July 28, 2022. On the 13-song collection he serves up classic pop from the 40’s to the 60’s. Ferony lends his velvet tone to beloved jazz standards and bossa nova grooves, backed by soloists like pianist Regan Ryzuk, guitarist Doug Munro, Mike Dopazo on soprano and alto sax, trumpeter Bill Ash, and vibraphonist Tyler Blanton, along with a crack rhythm section including bassist Michael Goetz, drummer Nadav Snir-Zelnicker, and Khadafy Khan on timpani/windchimes.
From the easy Latin vibes of tracks like “I Concentrate on You” and the iconic “Besame Mucho” to smoky love songs like “Moonglow” and “The Foolish Things”, Doug Ferony delivers a smooth and sexy set of beloved classics. The band is stellar throughout while Doug’s impeccable tone and cool confidence transports us to a time when jet-setting entertainers made the scene on the stages of Birdland, Vegas and the Catskills.
Check out the album in its entirety below, or listen on your favorite streaming service. You can also hear the song “Wave” on the Deep Indie Songwriters playlist. We had the chance to talk to Doug Ferony about the new album. Check out his answers to our 8 questions below. And follow the links at the end of this article to connect with Doug Ferony, and catch the wave.
8 Questions with Doug Ferony
Where are you from?
How long have you been making music?
I started in 1988
Who are the musicians involved in your project?
Mike Dopazo on alto & soprano saxes, Doug Munro on guitar, Regan Ryzuk on piano, Nadav Znir-Zelnicker on drums, Bill Ash on trumpet and Michael Goetz on bass.
Who are your biggest musical influences?
Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Bobby Darin, Buddy Rich, Sammy Davis Jr. Carlos Jobim, Joao Gilberto
What is your greatest non-musical influence?
I enjoy romantic comedies, action films and book & movie biographies. I love good food too… mostly Italian!!
What inspired you to create this project?
I have been recording and making music albums for over 30 years. I have recorded with my big band & orchestra many popular standards, up-tempo, swing style songs and a few occasional romantic albums along the way.
During the 2020 pandemic, after I recovered from COVID I had plenty of time to reflect. I had a feeling come over me to make a soft romantic album of beautiful bossa’s and love songs with my small group quartet of musicians.
What are your plans for the future (musically)?
To continue making recordings, performing and touring.
Is there anything else you would like to say?
I have traveled across the country and outside of the U.S. Performing in concert, putting on music shows and working with many other bands besides my own. With this being said the live performance experiences have been exciting and fun with wonderful audiences. Also having worked on many major motion pictures such as Goodfella’s, Back To School, Spider-man 2, The Irishman, TV’s Law & Order SVU & The Sopranos.
This latest music album of ours “Catch The Wave” is coming at a time when I think we can get back to some peaceful music. Romance, reflection and a look toward the future with a more peaceful mind. And to be thankful for what we have on this beautiful planet of ours. I hope these songs bring some comfort and peace when listening. Here’s to praying for a better tomorrow for all of us. And here’s looking at you kid! DF