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Aird, Daniella. "Big Band a blast to past: Seniors flock to hear jazz, swing hits,"
South Florida Sun Sentinel / sun-sentinel.com, Jan. 25, 2006. [ trumpeter Paul Cohen
(Shaw '45; Basie '71-'74; Goodman '85) leads a big band ]
Barber, Mary. "Shaw's legacy lives on with orchestra," Jackson [ MI ] Citizen Patriot /
mlive.com, Jan. 12, 2006.
Coutros, Evonne. "Why retirement's inconceivable for Bucky Pizzarelli,"
northjersey.com, Jan. 4, 2006. [ Pizzarelli reminisces about Monroe, Goodman, others ]
Dream Brother. "Louis Armstrong - The Definitive Collection," murmurs.com,
Jan. 29, 2006. [ brief review of CD ]
Figueroa, Laura. "Big Band brings back fond memories at fair," Bradenton [ FL ]
Herald / bradenton.com, Jan. 26, 2006. [ Sammy Kaye Orchestra ]
"Historic music venue up for sale for $3.8 million," Stamford [ CT ] Advocate /
stamfordadvocate.com, Jan. 29, 2006. [ the dance hall at Bantam Lake and once known as
The Music Box ]
"Jazz legend Maynard Ferguson to perform at Lake Texoma Festival," Durant [ OK ]
Daily Democrat / durantdemocrat.com, Jan. 26, 2006.
Leland, Elizabeth. "Beat of the generations: Want to know what heredity sounds
like? For 4 generations, the Thorne men have lived for their music,"
Charlotte [ NC ] Observer / charlotte.com, Jan. 1, 2006. [ including Bob Thorne, trumpeter
(Brown '36-'37) ]
Miller, Cam. "Nature of jazz will not allow for Carnegie carbon copy," North County
[ CA ] Times / nctimes.com, Jan. 4, 2006. [ clarinetist Ken Peplowski explains why his concerts
can't replicate Benny Goodman note-for-note ]
Moody, Mike. "Krupa quartet to play tribute to Ol' Blue Eyes," Brownsville [ TX ]
Herald / brownsvilleherald.com, Jan. 24, 2006. [ the New Gene Krupa Quartet, featuring
Michael Berkowitz, performs with singer Nick Hilscher ]
Pieper, Mary. "Big names grace stage at the Surf," [ Clear Lake, Iowa ] Globe
Gazette / globegazette.com, Jan. 30, 2006. [ performers at the Surf Ballroom have included
Ellington, Nelson, Basie ]
Puckett, Jeffrey Lee. "Profile: John La Barbera, jazz whirlwind," [ Louisville, KY ]
Courier-Journal / cournier-journal.com, Jan. 29, 2006. [ La Barbera (Rich; Miller-DeFranco) ]
Reich, Howard. "Jazz: Tale of 2 bands: Which is best?," Chicago Tribune,
Jan. 15, 2006. [ he picks the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra over the Chicago Jazz Ensemble ]
"Study Finds Musical Heritage Falling Silent," International Musician, Jan. 2006, p.3.
[ of recordings made between 1890-1964 and protected by copyright, only 14% have been reissued on CD ]
Varble, Bill. "Maynard Ferguson performs in Medford," [ Medford, OR ]
Mail Tribune / mailtribune.com, Jan. 27, 2006.
Whaley, Charles. "Book Review: Tommy Dorsey, the volatile band leader,"
[ Louisville, KY ] Courier-Journal / courier-journal.com, Jan. 15, 2006.
Wisk, Allison. "Bandman is music to students' ears," Dallas [ TX ] Morning News /
dallasnews.com, Jan. 22, 2006. [ about elementary school music teacher Art Osborne, whose mother,
according to the story, was Vaughn Monroe's cousin ]
Ernani "Noni" Bernardi, 94, alto saxophonist - arranger (T. Dorsey '35; Goodman
'38-'39; Elman recordings '38-'39, Kyser '40-'47), Jan. 4
Jimmy Valentine, 89, vocalist (Bradley '40-'41), Jan. 5, following an operation for
Fayard Nicholas, 91, tap dancer (The Nicholas Brothers, in "Sun Valley Serenade"
[Miller, '41], "Orchestra Wives" [Miller, '42], and "Stormy Weather" [Calloway,
Waller, '43]), Jan. 24, pneumonia
BAND ITINERARIES - SELECT LIST
Count Basie Orchestra directed by Bill Hughes: Jan. 16, IAJE Conference,
New York, NY
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra directed by Bill Tole: Jan. 26, Palm Desert, CA
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra directed by Buddy Morrow: Jan. 9, Maltz Jupiter Theatre,
Jupiter, FL; Jan. 20-24, American Queen Riverboat cruise
Maynard Ferguson and Big Bop Nouveau: Jan. 24-29, Jazz Alley, Seattle, WA;
Jan. 31, South Medford High School, Medford, OR
Woody Herman's Thundering Herd directed by Frank Tiberi: Jan. 11, Broward
Center for the Performing Arts, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Sammy Kaye Orchestra directed by Roger Thorpe: Jan. 25, Manatee County Fair,
Gene Krupa Orchestra directed by Michael Berkowitz: Jan. 6, Sanford, NC;
Jan. 14, Carlisle, PA; "Gene Krupa Quartet," Jan. 26, Jacob Brown Auditorium,
Guy Lombardo's Royal Canadians directed by Al Pierson: Jan. 29, Manatee
Community College, Bradenton, FL
Glenn Miller Orchestra directed by Larry O'Brien: Jan. 10, Florida Community
College, Jacksonville, FL; Jan. 12, North Florida Community College, Madison, FL;
Jan. 14, Cypress Gardens, Winter Haven, FL; Jan. 15, Van Wezel Performing Arts
Center, Sarasota, FL ( 2pm ) and Barbara Mann Performing Arts Center, Ft. Myers,
FL ( 7:30pm ); Jan.17, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, FL; Jan. 18, Lyric Theater,
Stuart, FL ( 6pm and 8:15pm); Jan. 21, Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC; Jan. 22, Newberry
Opera House, Newberry, SC; Jan. 24, Lemon Bay High School PAC, Englewood, FL;
Jan. 26-29, Busch Gardens, Tampa Bay, FL; Jan. 30, private dance, Bonita Springs, FL
Russ Morgan Orchestra directed by Jack Morgan: Jan. 15, Tropicana Hotel
and Casino, Las Vegas, NV
Artie Shaw Orchestra directed by Dick Johnson: Jan. 13, Macomb Center for
the Performing Arts, Clinton Township, MI; Jan. 14, Potter Center, Jackson Community
College, Jackson, MI; Jan. 15, Mendel Center for the Arts, Lake Michigan College,
Benton Harbor, MI; Jan. 31, Duxbury, MA
FRIDAY THE 13TH WAS LUCKY FOR THEM
Clarinetist Buddy DeFranco and pianist - trombonist - composer Bob Brookmeyer were honored January 13th as two of the new National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) "Jazz Masters" for 2006. The ceremonies, awarding America's highest recognition in jazz, were held as part of the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) convention, in the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton New York Hotel.
Trumpeter Jon Faddis' Jazz Orchestra of New York opened the musical portion of the program by performing Beige, a movement from a Duke Ellington suite, and The Count Basie Orchestra directed by Bill Hughes later played a brief set. For the grand finale, the two big bands squared off, recalling the 1961 Columbia album "Duke Ellington Meets Count Basie," with soloists from each group trying to outdo each other on Battle Royale.
Another of the "Jazz Masters" recipients, singer Tony Bennett, commented, "More than anybody else I'd like to thank Count Basie for teaching me how to perform."
The NEA provides each honoree with a one-time fellowship of $25,000.
SING! SING! SING!
A number of tributes to Benny Goodman's famous 1938 Carnegie Hall jazz concert took place during January, featuring clarinetist Ken Peplowski, who was in the last big band Goodman led during 1985-86, and the so-called Kingdom of Swing Big Band, "staffed by many Benny Goodman Orchestra alumni." Dates included January 6, Haugh Performing Arts Center, Glendora, CA; January 7, the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, CA; and January 15, the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, Wickenburg, AZ.
RING IN / SWING IN 2006
The Turner Classic Movies (TCM) cable TV channel brought in the New Year with a great line-up of back-to-back "swing" motion pictures, starting the morning of January 1st. In order, they were: "Swing!," a 1938 musical - drama; the 1936 Fred Astaire - Ginger Rogers feature, "Swing Time"; "Swing Your Lady," a 1938 comedy starring Humphrey Bogart; the 1940 "Mystery in Swing"; and two 1943 films featuring Kay Kyser, "Swing Fever" and "Around the World." Kyser was given an encore on January 3rd, when TCM showed him in the 1942 comedy, "My Favorite Spy."
BEST BAND ON CAMPUS
That was the title of a 1962 album by Les Elgart and His Orchestra (Columbia CL 1890 / CS 8690), subtitled "Campus Favorites By 'Mr. College.'" Now, according to the Les Elgart Orchestra's website, leselgart.com, the band may be heading back to the school grounds, by joining the National Association of Campus Activities. "It is our goal to bring quality big band music to our college students all across America," the band's present leader, Russ Dorsey, states. "We have special programs that educate and involve the students and faculty."