engagement, which is a set of performances at a casino 10 minutes west of Spokane, Washington.
"We run an efficient organization," O'Brien boasted to Dykk.
For a select list of big band tour itineraries, see below.
Cab Calloway Orchestra directed by C. Calloway Brooks, Aug. 17, Cain Park, Cleveland
Peter Duchin Orchestra, Aug.8, Guild Hall Summer Gala, Mulford Farm, Long Island, NY;
Aug. 11, H.B. Mattlin Middle School, Plainview, NY.
Harry James Orchestra directed by Fred Radke, Aug. 1, Hanover, PA; Aug. 2, Pottstown,
PA; Aug. 21, Stoneham, MA; Aug. 23, Worcester, MA; Aug. 24, Manchester, NH.
Sammy Kaye Orchestra directed by Roger Thorpe, Aug. 3, free outdoor concert, "Salute to
America," Purple Heart Hall of Honor, Vails Gate, NY; Aug. 9, [ private dance ], Lords
Valley Country Club, Lords Valley, PA.
Guy Lombardo's Royal Canadians directed by Al Pierson, Aug. 3, Fredonia Opera House,
Hal McIntyre Orchestra directed by Don Pentleton, Aug. 17, free outdoor concert, Stanley
Park Pavilion, Westfield, MA.
Glenn Miller Orchestra directed by Larry O'Brien, Aug. 1-2, USS Hornet, Alameda, CA;
Aug. 5-6, Northern Quest Casino, Airway Heights, WA; Aug. 9, Kirkland Performance
Center, Kirkland, WA; Aug. 12, Idaho State University Performing Arts Center, Pocatello,
ID; Aug. 14, Natrona County High School, Casper WY; Aug. 16, North Platte High School
North Platte, NE; Aug. 17, Midwest Theatre, Scotts Bluff, NE; Aug. 19, Heartland Events
Center, Grand Island, NE; Aug. 22, Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts, Menomonie, WI;
Aug. 23, Pabst Theater, Milwaukee, WI; Aug. 24, Civic Auditorium, Richmond, IN; Aug.
25, Tibbits Opera House, Coldwater, MI; Aug. 26, St. Cecilia Music Center, Grand
Rapids, MI; Aug. 27, Lake Anna Park, Barberton, OH; Aug. 29, Turf Valley Resort &
Conference Center, Ellicott City, MD.
Russ Morgan Orchestra directed by Jack Morgan, Aug. 10th, National Ballroom Operators
Convention, Col Ballroom, Davenport, IA; Aug. 30, American Legion, Orland, IN; Aug.
31, Metropolitan Beach Ballroom, Mt. Clemens, MI.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
Herb Ellis, guitarist (G. Gray '44, J. Dorsey '45-'47; Carter '54), b.Aug. 4, 1921.
Jack Morgan, trombonist (Morgan '58-'69; Morgan Orch. '69- ), b.Aug. 4, 1940.
Buddy Collette, saxophonist - clarinetist (Les Hite '42; Hayes '47; Carter '48-'49), b.Aug. 6, 1921.
Urbie Green, trombonist - leader (Savitt; Carle '45; Krupa '47 / '50; T. Dorsey Orch. '66-'67), b.Aug. 8, 1926.
Frank Capp, drummer (Kenton '51; Hefti '52), b.Aug. 20, 1931.
Peter Appleyard, vibraphonist (Goodman '71-'77), b.Aug. 26, 1928.
Med Flory, saxophonist (Thornhill '50; Mooney; Herman '53 / '59), b.Aug. 27, 1926.
Jerry Dodgion, alto saxophonist (Carter '55; Goodman '59-'60 / '61 / '62), b.Aug. 29, 1932.
Chris Calloway, 62, singer and one of Cab Calloway's daughters, d.Aug. 7, 2008, cancer.
Survived by her mother, Nuffie, and sisters Cecilia and Cabella.
Lita Roza, 82, vocalist (Heath '50-'54), d.Aug. 14, 2008. Thank you to Tony Eaton for this information.
Ralph Young, 90, vocalist (Reynolds '40; Brown '41-'42; [ and later in duo "Sandler & Young" ]), d.Aug. 22, 2008,
"after a brief illness."
Walt Stuart, 82, trumpeter (McIntyre '50-'52; Morrow '55-'59?) and arranger, d.Aug. 30, 2008.
Jimmy Dorsey, "Four Jills in a Jeep," 20th Century Fox (available separately or as part of
set "The Alice Faye Collection Volume 2," 20th Century Fox).
NEW COMPACT DISCS
Louis Armstrong, "Rudy Vallee's Fleischman's Yeast Show & Louis' Home-Recorded
Tapes," Jazz Heritage Society 5289147 [ 2-CDs; disc 1: 1937 / disc 2: highlights from
Armstrong's home archive ].
Count Basie, "Four classic albums: 'April in Paris' / Basie / The Greatest: Count Basie
Plays Joe Williams Sings Standards / The King of Swing," Avid ( UK ) AMSC 946
[ 2 CDs; "Digitally remastered for probably the finest ever sound quality" ].
Tex Beneke, "One Night Stands," Sounds of Yester Year ( UK ) DSOY 765 [ live
performances from January 1947 to June 1948; compilation and liner notes by
Alan Price ].
Xavier Cugat, "Spanish Dance: More 1944-45," Circle CCD-157 [ follow-up to Circle
CCD-59; runs 71:38 ].
Maynard Ferguson, "The Lost Tapes: Volume Two," SNR 002CD ["live recordings, new
versions, never before issued" ].
Benny Goodman, "Benny Goodman, 1930-33," Jazz Oracle ( UK ) BDW8059 [ The
complete recordings issued under Benny Goodman's name and issued on the Melotone
label in 1930 and 1931, as well as selected sides by Grace Johnston and Sid Garry
accompanied by the same band. Also included are the four titles by Steve Washington
from 1933 featuring Goodman. Liner notes are by Goodman researcher David
Ted Heath, "Swing Is King / Swing Is King, Vol. 2," Vocalion ( UK ) CDLK 4377 [ = London
Harry James, "Music From Armed Forces Radio: Stardust: Big Bands 1940's - 1950's,"
Armed Forces Radio 18 [ "Rare collection of never-before released music . . . " ( sic )
including I'll Never Be Free, Stardust, and Untitled ].
Vaughn Monroe, "Racing with the Moon: An Anthology 1940-56," Acrobat ( UK ) 3061
[ 2-CDs ].
various artists, "Music From Armed Forces Radio: Sentimental Journey: Big Bands
1940's - 1950's," Armed Forces Radio 15 [ James, Ellington, Barnet, Brown, Herman,
Lawrence, Hampton, Thornhill, S. Jones, Basie ].
---, "Music From Armed Forces Radio: Strike Up the Band: Big Bands 1940's - 1950's,"
Armed Forces Radio 16 [ same artists as above ].
---, "Music From Armed Forces Radio: Back Beat Boogie: Big Bands 1940's - 1950's,"
Armed Forces Radio 17 [ same artists as above ].
IN-PRINT AND / OR ONLINE
Daniel Bubbeo, "Review: 'Doris Day: The Untold Story' by David Kaufman," newsday.com,
Aug. 3, 2008 [ commenting on 626-pg. biography of Day (Brown '40-41 / '44-'46), who is now
age 86 and living a reclusive life in California ].
Julie Flemming, "Berigan to join jazz wall of fame," [ Beaver Dam, WI ] Daily Citizen,
Aug. 15, 2008 [ ASCAP, which added Berigan to its Jazz Wall of Fame at Lincoln
Center in June, has sent the presentation plaque to the Fox Lake Public Library in
Dan Kane, "On the beat: Evoking days of Moonlight Ballroom," Canton [OH ] Repository,
Aug. 3, 2008 [ details of a Canton Cabaret show titled "Remembering Moonlight
Ballroom," to be presented Aug. 15 and 22 at the Metropolitan Centre ballroom
in downtown Canton ].
Malcolm Laycock, "Serendipity Serenade," Big Bands International, No.124 August 2008,
pp.4-5 [ recalling music arranged or composed by Neal Hefti, who is now age 85
and retired ].
Dave Newhouse, "Voice of the ages," Oakland [ CA] Tribune, Aug. 2, 2008 [ recalling
the late Jo Stafford (T. Dorsey '40-'42; Weston) ].
Dieter Salemann, "Who played piano with Barnet?," IAJRC Journal, Vol.41 No.3 -
Aug. 2008, p.19 [ trying to identify the pianist(s) in Charlie Barnet's band from March
to July 1944 ].
Geoff Wheeler, "Capitol Records' Criterion Series," IAJRC Journal, Vol.41 No.3 -
Aug. 2008, pp.53-62.
Theresa Winslow, "New book chronicles Duke Ellington concert and its cultural impact,"
Annapolis [ MD ] Capital, Aug. 3, 2008 [ regarding Backstory in Blue: Ellington at
Newport '56 by John Fass Morton ].
FINALLY, IN POLITICAL NEWS...
Comedian David Letterman, on his late-night CBS-TV program, recently made a remark about the ongoing Presidential campaign.
“Well, the big debates are coming up," Letterman observed. "Barack Obama 'wants to debate about foreign policy,' while 'John McCain wants to debate about the big band era.'
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