The music of the Benny Goodman orchestra is truly timeless. These are the sounds that captivated an entire planet during the Swing Era, and it's as fresh today as it was 79 years ago. In-demand reed man and Goodman devotee Dan Levinson plays Goodman's parts backed by James Langton's New York All-Star Big Band and featuring vocalist Molly Ryan. This late-summer concert promises to be absolutely spectacular - an opportunity to hear musicians of this caliber play these great arrangements doesn't happen often!
The concert features classic arrangements of Fletcher Henderson, Jimmy Mundy, Edgar Sampson, Mel Powell, and Eddie Sauter, which helped bring the Benny Goodman Orchestra to the forefront of the Swing Era with such hits as "Don't Be That Way," "Stompin' at the Savoy," "Bugle Call Rag," "And the Angels Sing," "Why Don't You Do Right," "King Porter Stomp," and of course "Sing, Sing, Sing."
About Dan Levinson
A specialist in traditional jazz and swing, Dan is indeed one of the most prolific musicians on the scene today. Though based in New York City, Dan's schedule has taken him across the country and around the world. An ardent Benny Goodman devotee, Dan's tributes to the clarinet legend have brought him many accolades over the years. His re-creations of Goodman's famous Carnegie Hall jazz concert have delighted audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. Since 1993, Dan has been a member of
Vince Giordano's Nighthawks, and has been featured with them on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion radio program and at Carnegie Hall. Dan has performed on over 75 CDs, including seven under his own name. He can also be heard on the soundtracks to the films Ghost World, The Cat's Meow, and Martin Scorsese's The Aviator. During a twenty-year career, he has appeared alongside such prominent artists as Dick Hyman, Mel Tormé, Wynton Marsalis, Ed Polcer, Howard Alden, Joe Ascione, Dan Barrett, Jon-Erik Kellso, Randy Reinhart, Mark Shane, Kevin Dorn, Dick Sudhalter, Frank Vignola, Randy Sandke, and John Cocuzzi.
About James Langton’s All-Star New York Big Band
James Langton's All-Star New York Big Band features the cream of New York City's jazz musicians, faithfully re-creating the captivating sounds of the Swing Era, most notably the bands of Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw. Over the years, the ranks of this stellar ensemble have been graced by the
exceptional talents of Randy Reinhart, Jon-Erik Kellso, Bria Skonberg, Randy Sandke, Dave Brown, Charlie Caranicas, Harvey Tibbs, Jim Fryer, Mark Lopeman, Chuck Wilson, Marc Phaneuf, the Anderson Twins, Mark Shane, Rossano Sportiello, Brooks Tegler, and Kevin Dorn. Vocalist/guitarist Molly Ryan brings
her attractive, elegant vocal style to songs originally recorded by singers such as Peggy Lee, Helen Ward, Martha Tilton, and Helen Forrest. Before moving from London to New York in 2002, British-born bandleader James Langton led the internationally acclaimed Pasadena Roof Orchestra and the Solid Senders Orchestra, and spent many years painstakingly assembling his now massive library of arrangements, many of which come from the archives of the original bands.
Runtime: Approximately 2 hours
Kid Friendly: Yes