Blue of a Kind members before their Memorial Day set. They'll take a "Zip Trip"
By: Travis Andersen
Members of the Melrose-based a cappella group Blue of a Kind plan to put a little zip in their routine on Friday morning.
They'll appear on the "Zip Trip," a Fox 25 Morning News segment, with clear marching orders.
"We've been asked to do something a bit on the caffeinated side," said Bob Eggers, music director for the group.
They'll perform "Sentimental Journey," a tune written by Les Brown, Bud Green, and Ben Homer in 1945. Eggers said noted artist Walter Latzko arranged the music for Blue of a Kind nearly three years ago.
"It's not an easy piece," Eggers said.
Residents can watch the FOX 25 Morning News shoot the live broadcast from 6 to 9 a.m. Friday on Main Street in downtown Melrose.
Group members visited Melrose Mayor Robert Dolan in early May to deliver a copy of their new CD. Dolan said they should consider appearing on the broadcast, and a FOX producer called them soon after.
"We've got a friend in the mayor," Eggers said. "It's great to represent the town."
Founded in 2005, Blue of a Kind plays as many styles as it does venues. Eggers rattled off a litany of genres in a phone interview: bebop; swing; jazz; pop; folk; and gospel, to name just a few.
"It's more collegiate," he said, referring to campus a cappella groups such as the Yale Whiffenpoofs - of which he's an alum - that'll try just about anything. "It's more vocal jazz."
Blue of a Kind sang during the city's Memorial Day observances last weekend and have June appearances scheduled at Memorial Hall and the Incarnation Church. As for Friday, they can hardly wait.
"Everyone's just so excited," Eggers said.