Roseville Big Band Concert in Central Park, July 4, 2010, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Directed by Glen Newton

Three Coins in the Fountain by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne, arr. by Richard Maltby (1954); this song, written for the romantic film of the same name, received the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1954. The title refers to the three main characters in the film each throwing a coin into the Trevi Fountain in Rome while making a wish. Cahn and Styne were asked to write the song to fit the movie but were unable to either see the film or read the script. They completed the song in an hour and had produced a demonstration record with Frank Sinatra by the following day! This is the song's first performance by the Roseville Big Band at a concert in the park!

Let's Fall in Love by Ted Koehler and Harold Arlen (1933), arr. by Rusty Dedrick; first performance by the Roseville Big Band at a concert in the park!
(featuring vocalist Karen Dunn)

Rock Around the Clock by Jimmy DeKnight (James E. Myers) and Max Freedman (1952), arr. by Glen Newton; originally written for Bill Haley and His Comets, who recorded the song in 1954.
(featuring the Swing Cats dancers, with solos by Bill Pearson on baritone sax, Bob Nielsen on trumpet and Glen Newton on trumpet)

This selection is available on the Roseville Big Band Concert in the Park (+8) CD . Click here to see a YouTube video of the Swing Cats performing Rock Around the Clock and Jumpin' at the Woodside.

Easy to Love by Cole Porter (1936), arr. by Sammy Nestico; introduced in the 1936 film "Born to Dance"; first performance at a Central Park concert by the Roseville Big Band!
(featuring vocalists Karen Dunn and Glen Newton)

Introduction of the trombone section to the audience

Won't You Be My Neighbor (It's a Beautiful Day in this Neighborhood) by Fred Rogers (1967), arr. by Mike Tomaro; from the television show Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. Fred McFeely Rogers (1928-2003) was the host of the television show Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, in production from 1968 to 2001; with 998 episodes, it was the longest-running show on PBS. Rogers, who wrote 200 songs, composed all the music for his series.
(featuring trombonists Scott Swenson, Rich Eyman, and George Henly, and tenor saxophonist Dan Desmonds)

The Nearness of You by Ned Washington and Hoagy Carmichael (1937), arr. by Dave Hanson; the biggest selling 1938 version of this song was recorded by the Glenn Miller orchestra, with a vocal by Ray Eberle
(featuring vocalist Keith Miner)

Introduction of the trumpet section to the audience

Teach Me Tonight by Sammy Cahn and Gene DePaul (1953), arr. by Sammy Nestico; first performance at a Central Park concert by the Roseville Big Band!
(featuring vocalist Karen Dunn)

Introduction of the saxophone section to the audience

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 Peterson, tenor sax, and Glen Newton, alto horn, trading fours; Mike Wobig, electric bass; Dan Desmonds, tenor sax; and Dave Tuenge, drum set) Click here to see a YouTube video of the Swing Cats performing Rock Around the Clock and Jumpin' at the Woodside.

How About You? by Ralph Freed and Burton Lane (1941), arr. by Dave Wolpe; introduced in the 1941 film "Babes on Broadway"
(featuring vocalists Karen Dunn and Glen Newton, with instrumental solos by Glen Peterson, tenor sax, and Glen Newton, trumpet)

Introduction of the rhythm section to the audience

Brazil by Ary Barroso (1939), arr. by Dave Wolpe; one of Ary Barroso's biggest hits, "Aquarela do Brasil" (English: "Watercolor of Brazil"), was featured in the 1942 Disney animated film "Saludos Amigos"
(featuring guest percussionists from the audience, with solos by David Tuenge, drums, Kay Foster, alto sax, Glen Peterson, tenor sax, and Ann Booth, piano)

All of Me by Seymour Simons and Gerald Marks (1931), arr. by Lennie Niehaus; first recorded by Belle Baker ("The Ragtime Singer," who also introduced Irving Berlin's "Blue Skies" in "Betsy"), "All of Me" has become one of the most recorded songs of its era, with notable versions by Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Django Reinhardt and Willie Nelson.
(featuring vocalist Karen Dunn, with solos by Carl Berger, guitar; and Glen Peterson, tenor sax, trading fours with trombonist Rich Eyman)

Chicago by Fred Fisher (1922), arr. by Paul Clark
(featuring solos by Dan Theobald, trumpet; Scott Swenson, trombone; Bill Frank, alto sax; and Glen Peterson, tenor sax)

Roseville Big Band performers for this concert at the Frank Rog Amphitheatre:

Saxes: Kay Foster (alto), Bill Frank (alto and soprano), Glen Peterson (tenor), Dan Desmonds (tenor), and Bill Pearson (baritone)
Trumpets and Flugelhorns: Mark Lee, John Preston, Dan Theobald, and Bob Nielsen
Trombones: Scott Swenson , George Henly, Rich Eyman, and Keith Miner (bass trombone); Glen Newton also played bass trombone while Keith sang "The Nearness of You"
Rhythm: Ann Booth (piano), Carl Berger (guitar), Mike Wobig (electric bass), Dave Tuenge (drums), and Glen Newton (vibraphone)
Vocalists: Karen Dunn, Glen Newton, and Keith Miner
Sound: Jarame Berneche

Swing Cats, directed by Cindy Gardner: Zach Berg, David Engelhard, Gina Forstad, Sophie Gardner, Ted Hefty, Eric Page, Jennifer Page, Dominique Pomeroy, Stephanie Riley, Sarah Snyder, and Tyler Williamson

Concerts in Central Park (including this one, produced by John Rusterholz) are broadcast on Channel 15, CTV North Suburbs in the ten-city area served by the North Suburban Cable Commission. This concert was broadcast live from the Frank Rog Amphitheatre on Channel 15 to 30,000 cable households in Arden Hills , Falcon Heights , Lauderdale , Little Canada , Mounds View , New Brighton , North Oaks , Roseville , St. Anthony and Shoreview. (Unfortunately, there were transmission problems for about the first 15 minutes.) This concert was also broadcast on Town Square Television's Channel 21 which serves 22,000 cable households in Inver Grove Heights, Lilydale, Mendota, Mendota Heights, South St. Paul, Sunfish Lake and West St. Paul.

It's always tough to estimate the crowd size on July 4th, but there wer probably between 1000 and 1500 people watching and listening to the concert live in the park.

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