OK, we just watched Oprah (saved it on Tivo, too). 29 minutes in, Bette Midler does a tune from her upcoming show with the full orchestra behind her -- featuring our Fat City Horns all sparkly-tuxed out and dancin' for real in a line out front of the rest of the band right behind Bette and her three singer/dancers. It was a slammin' on-fire up-tempo swing thing. The horn chart has "Nathan Tanouye" written all over it. The entire band is killer. At the end of the tune, the Fat City Horns step foward to partially surround Bette and her dancers in a semicircle. Our cats are no mere "sidemen," they're gonna be an integral part of her show! That is just too cool (Bette's press release for the show here).
Wow. We gotta YouTube that Oprah thing.
From Oprah's website:
The Divine Miss M and her Harlettes hit the Oprah stage for a sneak peek of her new Las Vegas show with a performance of the song "Big Noise From Winnetka."
"Caesar's Palace will never be the same," Bette says. "And to all those who have accused me of being tacky, too much and over the top—you ain't seen nothing yet."
UPDATE: Bette interview with Charlie Rose: