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2009 Season At CPAA

Big Bands

We love big band music so naturally we go to all the big band activities. This year we are going about 16 times to CPAA for various events. Please join us!

A big band is a type of musical ensemble associated with playing jazz music and which became popular during the Swing Era from the early 1930s until the late 1940s. Big bands evolved with the times and continue to today.

A big band typically consists of approximately 12 to 25 musicians and contains saxophones, trumpets, trombones, singers, and a rhythm section. The terms jazz band, jazz ensemble, stage band, jazz orchestra, society band and dance band may be used to describe a specific type of big band.

2009 Begins With A Tribute To Nat King Cole (9/12/2009)

George Benson As Nat King Cole

An Unforgettable Tribute to Nat King Cole, 10-time Grammy-winning Jazz guitarist-vocalist George Benson celebrates the legend and legacy of the man who conquered the Pop charts in the ’50s and ’60s with ballads such as Mona Lisa, Unforgettable, and Ramblin’ Rose.

Benson has dominated music charts himself with a collection of award-winning hits, including Give Me the Night, Being With You, Mornin’, Moody’s Mood, Breezin’, and On Broadway.

Nathaniel Adams Coles (March 17, 1917 – February 15, 1965), known professionally as Nat "King" Cole, was an American musician who first came to prominence as a leading jazz pianist. Although an accomplished pianist, he owes most of his popular musical fame to his soft baritone voice, which he used to perform in big band and jazz genres.

He was the first black American to host a television variety show and has maintained worldwide popularity since his death; he is widely considered one of the most important musical personalities in United States history.

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What a wonderful voice

Les Brown's Band of Renown With Jan Daley (9/20/2009)

Les Brown Tribute

Les Brown’s Band of Renown, led by Les Brown Jr., plays the swinging hits of the ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s, including songs by Glenn Miller, Tony Bennett, Bobby Darin, and Dean Martin. Singer-actress-songwriter Jan Daley performs with the band in a show featuring melodies such as I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm and Sentimental Journey, plus comedy, dancing, and stories about the great performers and their songs. Daley performs songs from her new CD Where There's Hope, a tribute to the love songs from Bob Hope's legacy of movies.

Les Brown is a big band leader and composer, best known for his nearly seven decades of work with the group Les Brown and His Band of Renown (1938-2001). After graduating from New York Military Academy in 1932, Les Brown attended college at Duke University from 1932-1936. There he led the group Les Brown and His Blue Devils, who performed regularly on Duke's campus and up and down the east coast. Brown took the band on an extensive summer tour in 1936. At the end of the tour, while some of the band members returned to Duke to continue their education, others stayed on with Brown and continued to tour, becoming in 1938 the Band of Renown. A few years later, in 1945, this band brought Doris Day into prominence with their recording of "Sentimental Journey." The song's release coincided with the end of WWII in Europe and became the unofficial homecoming theme for many veterans. The band had nine other number-one hit songs, including "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm."

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Less Brown and his "Band of Renown" (.flv)

The Best Of DooWop

The Best Of Doo Wop Featuring The Buck Ram Platters, Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, Original Coaster Leon Hughes and His Group, The Olympics, The Vibrations, and Brenda Holloway With Comedy Host Scott Wood and The American Gold Band. We love DooWop music as we dance to it five nights a week!  We love DooWop music.

A great afternoon of fantastic music!

A great afternoon of fantastic music!

That's Italian Big Band (11/08/2009)

Take fun, comedy, and music. Mix them all up and you have … That’s Italian! The Big Band musical extravaganza whips up a winning recipe of humor and camaraderie, served by Sinatra-era entertainers, including singer Julius LaRosa, Dean Martin's singer-actress daughter Deana Martin, accordionist Dick Contino, and vocalist-pianist Frankie Randall. The performance also will feature The Harry James Tribute Band conducted by Jack Poster.


Guy Lombardo And The Royal Canadians (11/15/2009)

Guy Lombardo

Lombardo was born in London, Ontario. His father, Gaetano, was an amateur singer and had four of his five sons learn to play instruments so they could accompany him. Lombardo and his brothers formed their first orchestra while still in grammar school and rehearsed in the back of their father's tailor shop.[2] Lombardo first performed in public with his brother Carmen at a church lawn party in London in 1914.[3] His first recording session took place where trumpeter Bix Beiderbecke made his legendary recordings — in Richmond, Indiana, at the Gennett Studios — both during early 1924.

Lombardo's orchestra played at the "Roosevelt Grill" in the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City from 1929 to 1959, and their New Year's Eve broadcasts (which continued with Lombardo until 1976 at the Waldorf Astoria) were a major part of New Year's celebrations across North America. Even after Lombardo's death, the band's New Year's specials continued for two more years on CBS.

In 1938, he became a naturalized citizen of the United States. The Royal Canadians were noted for playing the traditional song Auld Lang Syne as part of the celebrations. Their recording of the song still plays as the first song of the new year in Times Square.

Although Lombardo's big band music was viewed by some in the jazz and swing community of the day as "corny," trumpeter Louis Armstrong famously enjoyed Lombardo's music.

Lombardo was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2007

Guy Lombardo

Guy Lombardo

Guy Lombardo

Guy Lombardo

Guy Lombardo

Guy Lombardo

Danu Doing Christmas In Ireland (12/1/2009)

DANÚ are an Irish traditional music group based in an Rinn/Ring, Co. Waterford, Ireland, made up of seven traditional musicians, hailing from counties Waterford, Dublin, Kerry and Donegal.

The group have a strong ethos of loyalty to the tradition from which their music comes and yet still bring a fresh, inspiring approach to their performaces.

A wonderfully lively group on stage, a DANÚ concert is a unique experience, never to be forgotten.