The Young at Heart Duo is made up of Leo Cavanagh and Phil Smith who have been providing great music for many years in the Napa/Vallejo and North Bay region of Northern California. The instrumentation is Guitar and Saxophone/Clarinet with some vocals by Phil. They kiddingly say that “they play music people use to like.” There is melody, harmony, lyrics you can understand and all at a volume friendly level that you can enjoy. The Young at Heart Duo plays music from the Big Band era, Great American Songbook, Latin Tunes, Duke Ellington, and some originals. You will be tapping your toes and probably singing along with the Duo when you hear them play their special music. We hope to entertain you soon !

Phil Smith

Master Woodwind Player | Saxes | Clarinet | Flute – Vocals

Phil Smith is a master of the woodwinds and plays alto and tenor saxophone as well as the clarinet and has a pleasant baritone singing voice. He was born in Memphis,Tennessee and grew up in Blytheville, Arkansas and comes from a musical family of three other brothers who have played professionally most of their working lives. Phil attended the University of Memphis on a music scholarship and also the coveted Berklee School of Music in Boston, MA

 

He has performed or recorded with Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Michael Bloomfield, Charlie Rich, Dinah Shore, Joe Williams, Big Joe Turner, Henry Mancini, Earl “Fatha” Hines, Michael Buble, Englebert Humperdinck, Vic Damone, Edy Gorme and Doc Severenson to name a few who have sought after Mr. Smith’s talents.
Phil has always favored the Big Band era and the Great American Songbook for his repertoire of songs. Phil Smith and Leo Cavanagh have played together on many occasions and make great music as a consummate duo. They have an extensive song list and are very entertaining

 

Leo Cavanagh

Guitar

Leo Cavanagh has a background in both jazz and classical music.  He composed and performed the music for three seasons at the Napa Valley Shakespeare Festival, appeared twice with Arthur Fiedler and the San Francisco Pops Symphony, and led jazz groups in many California jazz festivals.  He is the author of two guitar method books and he transcribed the music for the songbooks of Michael Nesmith and Peter Rowan. He taught guitar at both Napa Valley and Solano Community Colleges.  He is particularly fond of the music of Duke Ellington and has arranged and recorded an album of his compositions for an acoustic jazz trio.

 

YOUNG AT HEART DUO – DEMO SONGS