Roseville Big Band Concert in Central Park, July 29, 2008, 7:30 - 8:55 p.m.

Directed by Glen Newton

Come early and get a sneak preview of the concert as the band does sound checks and reviews parts of songs!

Oh, Lady Be Good by George and Ira Gershwin (1924), arr. by Terry White; introduced by Walter Catlett in the Broadway show "Lady Be Good"; a signature song for Ella Fitzgerald after she recorded it in 1947; this is the Roseville Big Band's first performance of this song at a concert in the park.
(featuring trumpeter Bob Nielsen, alto saxophonist Kay Foster, and electric bassist Mike Wobig)

Candy by Mack David, Joan Whitney, and Alex Kramer (1944), arr. by Kris Berg; the recording by Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford on Capitol Records reached the Billboard magazine Best Seller chart on February 22, 1945 and lasted 15 weeks on the chart, peaking at #2.
(featuring vocalist Karen Dunn)

Wind Machine by Sammy Nestico (1976), arr. by Sammy Nestico; a favorite of the Count Basie band.
(featuring tenor saxophonist Mario Thayer with solos by guitarist Carl Berger and drummer David Tuenge)

Introduction of the sax section to the audience

It's Only a Paper Moon by Billy Rose, E. Y. Harburg, and Harold Arlen (1932), arr. by Jerry Nowak; originally titled "If You Believe in Me" and featured in the short-running play, "The Great Magoo"; later appeared in the 1933 film version of "Take a Chance" with its current title; still later it was the title song of the 1973 film "Paper Moon" starring Ryan and Tatum O'Neill.
(featuring vocalists Karen Dunn and Glen Newton)

Pickles by Steve Wright (1980), arr. by Steve Wright; originally recorded by the Steve Wright Big Band on the CD "Take Two" in 1981.
(featuring solos by Bill Frank, flute, Rich Eyman, trombone, Pat Gefre, trumpet, Carl Berger, guitar, and Mike Wobig, electric bass)

Crazy by Willie Nelson (1961), arr. by Allyn Erickson; Patsy Cline's #2 country hit recording of this song in 1962 helped establish Hugh "Willie" Nelson as a songwriter and performer. Cline introducing the song to her audiences live in concert saying "I had a hit out called 'I Fall to Pieces' and I was in a car wreck. Now I'm really worried because I have a new hit single out and its called 'Crazy'."
(featuring vocalist Karen Dunn)

Introduction of the trombone section to the audience

Just in Time by Betty Comden, Adolph Green, and Jule Styne (1956), arr. by W. Scott Ragsdale; introduced by Judy Holliday and Sydney Chaplin in the musical "Bells Are Ringing"; Tony Bennett had a hit recording of the song late in 1956; this is the Roseville Big Band's first performance of this song at a concert in the park.
(featuring solos by Glen Peterson on tenor sax and Ann Booth on piano)

It Don't Mean a Thing if It Ain't Got That Swing by Duke Ellington and Irving Mills (1931), arr. by Mike Carubia; with a title based on the credo of Ellington trumpeter Bubber Miley, and probably the first song to use "swing" in the title, it introduced "swing" into everyday usage; written by Ellington during intermissions at Chicago's Lincoln Tavern; first recorded by Ellington in 1932 with Ivie Anderson as vocalist; often performed by Ellington with trumpeter Ray Nance as vocalist.
(featuring the Swing Cats dancers, with vocalists Karen Dunn and Glen Newton and a trumpet solo by Mark Lee)
This selection is a bonus track on the Roseville Big Band Concert in the Park (+8) CD.

Still Love You by Keith Miner (2000), arr. by Glen Newton; Keith composed this song to honor his parents on their wedding anniversary.
(featuring composer-vocalist Keith Miner, with solos by Carl Berger, guitar; and Mike Wobig, electric bass)

Introduction of the trumpet section to the audience

Y.M.C.A. by Jacques Morali, Henri Belolo and Victor Willis (1978), arr. by John Berry, vocal arr. by Glen Newton; Y.M.C.A. reached #2 on the U.S. charts in early 1979 and reached No.1 in the UK around the same time, becoming the Village People's biggest hit ever; the YMCA dance was first shown during the January 6, 1979, episode of American Bandstand; at Yankee Stadium, after the fifth inning, the grounds crew traditionally takes a break from grooming the infield to lead the crowd in the dance; at Chicago's Wrigley Field, the song will be played and the fans do the dance as the visiting team takes out their pitcher in the middle of an inning.
(featuring vocalists Karen Dunn and Glen Newton, with solos by baritone saxophonist Bill Pearson and bass trombonist Keith Miner, with Bob Nielsen leading the dancing, and an audience full of singers and spellers)

Linebacker by Fred Sturm (1999), arr. by Fred Sturm; in memory of Green Bay Packer legend Ray Nitschke, for the Wisconsin Honors Jazz Ensemble; first performance by the Roseville Big Band
(featuring tenor saxophonist Mario Thayer)

When I Fall in Love by Edward Heyman and Victor Young (1952), arr. by Jerry Nowak; introduced in the film "One Minute to Zero"; the original hit version was recorded by Doris Day on June 5, 1952, and released on Columbia Records.
(featuring vocalist Karen Dunn, with an alto flute solo by Glen Newton)

Introduction of the rhythm section to the audience

Brazil by Ary Barroso (1939), arr. by Dave Wolpe; "Aquarela do Brasil" ("Watercolor of Brazil"), known in English-speaking countries simply as "Brazil", is one of the most popular Brazilian songs of all time, written by Ary Barroso on a rainy night in 1939; first recorded by Brazilian singer Aracy Cortes later that year, it marked the creation of a new genre, the samba-exaltação (Exaltation Samba).
(featuring guest percussionists from the audience, with solos by David Tuenge, timbales, Kay Foster, alto sax, and Glen Peterson, tenor sax)

Roseville Rock by Jack and Linda Brewer (1998), arr. by Glen Newton, celebrating the 60th anniversary of Roseville's founding.
(featuring vocalists Karen Dunn and Glen Newton)

Jumpin' at the Woodside by Count Basie (1938), arr. by Bill Frank; a huge hit for Count Basie and the Basie band, named after Kansas City's Woodside Hotel where many of the band members stayed and where the tune was rehearsed.
(featuring the Swing Cats, with solos by Bill Frank, soprano sax; Glen Newton, euphonium, and Glen Peterson, tenor sax, trading fours; Mike Wobig, electric bass; Dan Desmonds, tenor sax; and David Tuenge, drums)

Kansas City by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller (1952), arr. by Bob Lowden; first recorded by Little Willie Littlefield in 1952, under the title, "KC Lovin' "; the best known version of "Kansas City," recorded in 1959 by Wilbert Harrison, hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and also restored the song's proper title. In 2005, Kansas City, Missouri, adopted "Kansas City" as its official song.
(featuring solos by Carl Berger, guitar, George Henly, trombone, Mario Thayer, tenor sax, Pat Gefre, trumpet, Mike Bratlie, trombone, and Dan Desmonds, tenor sax)

Roseville Big Band performers for this concert:

Saxes: Kay Foster (alto and soprano), Bill Frank (alto, soprano, and flute), Glen Peterson (tenor), Dan Desmonds (tenor), Bill Pearson (baritone), and guest tenor saxophonist Mario Thayer
Trumpets and Flugelhorns: Mark Lee, Pat Gefre, and Bob Nielsen; Kari Coad had planned to play but was absent due to an emergency
Trombones: Mike Bratlie, George Henly, Rich Eyman, Keith Miner (bass trombone)
Rhythm: Ann Booth (piano), Carl Berger (guitar), Mike Wobig (bass), Dave Tuenge (drum set), and Glen Newton (vibraphone, alto flute, euphonium, bass trombone)
Vocalists: Karen Dunn, Glen Newton, and Keith Miner

Swing Cats, directed by Cindy Gardner: Chad Allen, Mike Brafford, Chris Cocchiarella, Frances Emberley, Dave Engelhard, Kate Friedrichs, Eve Johnson, Stephanie Kellogg, and Sarah Newhouse

Concerts in Central Park (including this one, produced by John Rusterholz and Lynn Redlinger) are broadcast on Channel 15, CTV North Suburbs in the ten-city area served by the North Suburban Cable Commission.

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