What, then is in store for Pentleton and the McIntyre ensemble?
"My hope for the future of the McIntyre band is very simple: to try and keep the group working as much as possible," he says. "All of the above makes not only me but the members of the MacOrk want to keep it going, even though the current down money trend makes it a bit difficult. We'll do our part if the fans do theirs. Supporting the bands will go a long way to keeping the flame burning."
MORE NAME BANDS NOW
Ray Anthony. Oct. 24, L.A. Jazz Institute "A Jazz Tribute to Frank Sinatra," Los Angeles,
Count Basie Orchestra directed by Dennis Mackrel. Oct. 23, Mayo Center for the Performing
Arts, Morristown, NJ; Oct. 24, State Theatre of Ithaca, Ithaca, NY; Oct. 25, Moriah Central
School, Port Henry, NY; Oct. 30, Mecc Jazz Maastricht, Maastricht, Holland; Oct. 31,
Thessaloniki Music Hall, Thessaloniki, Greece.
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra directed by Bill Tole. Oct. 2, Pawley's Island, SC.
Jan Garber Orchestra directed by Howard Schneider. Oct. 3, Dubuque County Fairgrounds
Ballroom, Dubuque, IA.
Harry James Orchestra directed by Fred Radke. Oct. 2, Astoria, OR.
Glenn Miller Orchestra directed by Larry O'Brien. Oct. 2, Blanche Touhill Performing Arts
Center, St. Louis, MO; Oct. 3, The Orpheum Theatre, Galesburg, IL; Oct. 5, Tiffin
Columbian High School, Tiffin, OH; Oct. 7, Historic Crockett Theatre, Lawrenceburg, TN;
Oct. 9, Fulton City High School, Fulton, KY; Oct. 12, T.B. Shelton Auditorium, Red Wing,
MN; Oct. 15, SE Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO; Oct. 17, River Raisin
Centre for the Arts, Monroe, MI; Oct. 20, Mansion at Oak Hill, Carmel, IN; Oct. 21, Bear
Creek Farms, Bryant, IN; Oct. 22, Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, Dearborn,
MI; Oct. 23, Tecumseh Civic Auditorium, Tecumseh, MI; Oct. 25, Central Dauphin High
School, Harrisburg, PA; Oct. 26-27, Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe, PA; Oct. 28, The Carlyle
Club, Alexandra, VA; Oct. 29, Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, Dover, DE; Oct. 30,
Patchogue Theatre, Patchogue, NY.
Artie Shaw Orchestra directed by Matt Koza. Oct. 16, Central Auditorium, Findlay, OH;
Oct. 18, Carnegie Hall, Lewisburg, WV; Oct. 19, Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Myrtle
Beach, SC; Oct. 26, East Georgia College, Swainsboro, GA; Oct. 28, East Noble High
School, Kendalville, IN; Oct. 29, Indiana Theatre, Terre Haute, IN.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
Terry Gibbs, b.Oct. 13, 1924. Vibraphonist with Rich '48; Herman '48-'49; T. Dorsey '50;
Paul Tanner, b.Oct. 15, 1917. Trombonist with Miller '38-'42; Miller Orch.-Beneke '46-'50;
Norman Leyden, b.Oct. 17, 1917. Arranger with Miller AAF '44-'45; Miller Orch.-Beneke
'46-'49; Columbia "Once Upon a Time" LP with Johnny Desmond '59.
Betty Bennett, b.Oct. 23, 1921. Vocalist with Thornhill '46; Rey '47-'48; Ventura '49;
Herman '50; Barnet '52.
NEW IN-PRINT AND / OR ONLINE
David Bernhart. "Buddy Morrow," Big Band Academy of America / bigbandacademy.
blogspot.com, October 5, 2010. Bernhart comments, "Over the last year and a half or so,
I corresponded occasionally with Buddy's wife, Carol. The hope was that the BBAA could
honor Buddy at a Big Band Reunion, scheduling the event for a time when the Morrows
would be in L.A. to visit their daughter. While I'm disappointed that such an affair never
came to pass, the disappointment pales compared to the realization of the terrible hole
Buddy's death leaves in the musical landscape. There are just some personalities who
can't be replaced and Buddy was one of them, if anybody was."
Tony Eaton. "CD Reviews," [ Glenn Miller Society ] Moonlight Serenader, 3rd Edition 2010,
pp.7-8. Positive reviews of "Glenn Miller and the Army Airforces Band" (Sounds of
Yester Year [ UK ] DSOY 812) and "Garry Stevens Sings Again With Tex Beneke And The
Glenn Miller Orchestra 1946-1948 (Sounds of Yester Year [ UK ] DSOY 820).
---. "Downs Revisited," [ Glenn Miller Society ] Moonlight Serenader, 3rd Edition 2010,
pp.9-10. In part a mention of a hardcover version of Hunton Downs' controversial 2009
book about Glenn Miller's fate, now retitled The Glenn Miller Conspiracy: The Shocking
True Story of How He Died and Why (London, England: JR Books, 2010). Eaton says
that "the main difference is in the flow" and calls it "a re-shaped and arguably a more
readable mark 2, rather than a straight copy of the US paperback."
---. "What's New?," [ Glenn Miller Society ] Moonlight Serenader, 3rd Edition 2010, p.6.
Including the likely demolition of the Pennsylvania Hotel in New York City and the death
of Jack Parnell, a former Ted Heath musician, whom Eaton considers "one of Britain's
greatest post-war drummers."
Eloisa Ruano Gonzalez. "Buddy Morrow: Big-band trombonist found fame," Orlando [ FL ]
Sentinel, October 2, 2010. The Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home is in charge of
"Obituaries: Trombonist Buddy Morrow dies at 91," Los Angeles Times, October 4, 2010.
Daniel E. Slotnik. "Obituaries: Buddy Morrow, Trombonist and Bandleader, Dies at 91,"
New York Times, October 3, 2010, p.A26.
Roland Taylor. "Miller's Mighty Service Band: The ensemble in focus," [ Glenn Miller Society ]
Moonlight Serenader, 3rd Edition 2010, pp.2-5. The chronology of Glenn Miller's AAF
orchestra continues, now through August 12, 1944.
Paige VanVorst. "On the Jazz Beat Bookshelf," Jazzbeat, Volume 21 No. 2 & 3 2010,
p.25+. Various reviews including John Tumpak's When Swing Was the Thing: Personality
Profiles of the Big Band Era (Milwaukee, WI: Marquette University Press, 2009).
Tex Wyndham. "Tommy Dorsey," Jazzbeat, Volume 21 No. 2 & 3 2010, pp.21-22.
Previews a forthcoming TD CD on the Circle label.
Jonathan Yardley. "Review of 'Hi De Ho,' Alyn Shipton's biography of Cab Calloway,"
Washington [ DC ] Post, Oct. 24, 2010. Yardley comments that Shipton "does a
workmanlike if uninspired job with Calloway, whose zest and brio shine through only
intermittently . . . Say it for Shipton, though, that he makes a solid case for Calloway as
a jazz musician as well as an entertainer . . . "
McIntyre, who formed his big band in 1941, respected and took inspiration from, in particular, fellow leader Duke Ellington. McIntyre's tasteful arrangers often tried to emulate Ellington's harmonic shades and tone colors in the band's music, giving him many lovely ballads to play on his Johnny Hodges-like alto sax.
"Hal always had the best arrangers available, Billy May among them," according to Pentleton. "We most enjoy playing his arrangement of Daisy May. Some of the others would include St. Louis Blues, 'Deed I Do, and I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me."
"We're lucky in as much as we still have many of the original McIntyre arrangements in our book, although after many years of touring, some of the charts have been lost or, in some instances, taken. In that case, we've had to do record copies. One of the favorite parts of our performances is when I ask the musicians to hold up their copy of Hal's beautiful chart on Don't You Know I Care. It's in pretty rough shape... yellow, torn, and just about unreadable. The audiences love it."
McIntyre was co-composer with tenor saxophonist and arranger Dave Matthews on a number of originals for the band, such as The Commando's Serenade, Play No.49, and South Bayou Shuffle.
"Playing that book is a delight, it's so swinging and musical," Pentleton enthuses. "I enjoy seeing our members anxious to go to work, the audiences enjoying what we have to offer, especially the standards - Sentimental Journey, Moonlight in Vermont and so on. The other night we were playing a sold-out concert when I happened to look to the side of the hall and there were two couples dancing. It doesn't get better than that."
Here is, at this writing, the complete personnel of The Hal McIntyre Orchestra: Dave Burdett (2nd trumpet / jazz soloist), Dennis Perricio (lead trumpet), Everett Longstreth (third trumpet / arranger), Walt Bostian (2nd trombone / jazz soloist), Steve Piermarini (lead trombone / vocal conductor), Tim Kelly (bass trombone), Ed Harlow (1st tenor saxophone / jazz soloist), Sid D'Urbano (2nd alto saxophone / flute / clarinet), Tom Ferrente (lead alto saxophone / Hal McIntyre soloist), Paul Elman (2nd tenor saxophone / band manager), Arthur Bakopolus (baritone saxophone), John Acaro (piano), Stephen Arsenault (bass), Don Pentleton (drums / leader), and Steve Marvin (vocals).
ALSO OF NOTE
Honoring the memory of Louie Bellson in the town of his boyhood home, the inaugural running of the "Louie Bellson 5K Memorial Drum Roll" will take place on the 16th of this month in Moline, IL. Proceeds go to support music education in Illinois Quad City public schools.
Les Brown will be posthumously inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame on the 7th of this month. The ceremony will take place on the North Carolina Research Campus, and the Hall itself is at 109 West A St. in Kannapolis, NC.
And the late Dizzy Gillespie was remembered on the 21st of this month, his birthday, with a Google "doodle" - that is, an abstract illustration of him, in the shape of the Google logo on their website.
NEW COMPACT DISCS
Bernie Cummins. "Original 20s - 30s Hot Dance Music," Vintage Music Productions 321.
Recorded 1927-30 on Brunswick or Victor.
Duke Ellington. "At the Cotton Club," Storyville [ Den ] 1038415. 2-CDs, including nine
transmissions from the Cotton Club on Lenox Ave. in New York City; an April 29, 1938
broadcast from the Konserthuset in Stockholm; and a 1933 newsreel film clip from the
Dizzy Gillespie. "Performance," Universal 66118. 16 tunes done in 1945-47.
Benny Goodman. "The Complete Benny in Brussels," Solar Records 66125. 3-CDs,
including the material from the rare 5-LP Westinghouse "Brussels" souvenir set.
Harry James. "Performance," Universal 66117. 15 selections from the 1940s.
Glenn Miller. "Jazz for Kids," HiHi Records / Victor [ Japan ] VICJ-61639.
Teddy Wilson. "Solo / Big Band," Storyville [ Den ] 1088607. 8 CDs, including studio
sessions, transcriptions, radio broadcasts, and live performances spanning 1939 to
Next month I will review a new CD reissue of stereo recordings made in 1957 by many of the famous big band sidemen, playing some of the most famous hits of Glenn Miller and the Dorsey brothers.