Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin (1924) arr. by Sammy Nestico; written originally for solo piano, orchestrated by Ferde Grofe, composer of "The Grand Canyon Suite," and given its first public performance by Paul Whiteman, "The King of Jazz" and his band, with George Gershwin playing the piano. Gershwin composed the concerto-like piece at the request of Whiteman, who wanted it for this February 24, 1924, concert, which he called "An Experiment in Modern Music." Gershwin's original title for the work was "American Rhapsody", but he changed it on the recommendation of his older brother Ira.
(featuring Ann Booth, piano; Mark Syman, trumpet; and Dan Theobald, muted trumpet)
I Get a Kick Out of You by Cole Porter (1934) arr. by Dave Wolpe; composed for the 1934 show "Anything Goes"
(featuring vocalist Karen Dunn, with an alto sax solo by Bill Frank)
A Room Without Windows by Ervin M. Drake (1964), arr. by Mike Bratlie; from the 1964 Broadway show "What Makes Sammy Run"; premiere performance of this arrangement
(featuring a trumpet solo by Glen Newton)
The Lady is a Tramp by Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers (1937), arr. by Dave Wolpe, vocal arr. by Glen Newton; from the musical "Babes in Arms"
(featuring vocalists Karen Dunn and Glen Newton, with scat vocal solos by Keith Miner) Click here to see a composite YouTube video of this performance and two others wtih the Roseville Big Band..
Four Songs for a Rainy Day
Here's That Rainy Day by Johnny Burke and James van Heusen (1953), arr. by Bob Lowden; introduced by Delores Gray in the Broadway Musical "Carnival in Flanders"
(including a muted trumpet solo by Dan Theobald and a piano solo by Ann Booth)
Introduction of the trumpet section to the audience
Come Rain or Come Shine by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer (1946), arr. by Paul Jennings; from the stage musical "St. Louis Woman"
(featuring Mark Syman, flugelhorn soloist) Click here to see a YouTube video of Mark playing this solo.
Rain Delay by Dean Sorenson (1994), arr. by Dean Sorenson
(featuring a vibraphone solo by Glen Newton, a guitar solo by Carl Berger, a tenor sax solo by Glen Peterson and a trombone solo by George Henly)
Introduction of the rhythm section to the audience
Come in From the Rain by Melissa Manchester and Carole Bayer Sager (1975), arr. by Paul Jennings
(featuring flugelhorn soloist Mark Lee)
Skylark by Johnny Mercer and Hoagy Carmichael (1941), arr. by Jerry Nowak
(featuring vocalist Karen Dunn) (Click here to see a YouTube video of Karen singing "Skylark".)
Introduction of the trombone section to the audience
Jammin' with Joan by Len Yaeger (2006)- dedicated to Joan Griffith; world premiere performance
(featuring a tenor trombone solo by Mike Bratlie, a bass trombone solo by Keith Miner, and a guitar solo by Carl Berger)
Evergreen by Paul Williams and Barbra Streisand (1976), arr. by Dave Wolpe; the love theme from the 1976 Warner Brothers film, "A Star is Born"
(featuring vocalist Karen Dunn)
Introduction of the sax section to the audience
Moonlight in Vermont by Karl Suessdorf and John Blackburn (1944), arr. by Dave Wolpe; the unofficial song of the state of Vermont, it is frequently played as the first song at Vermont wedding receptions; each verse (excluding the bridge) is a haiku, with phrases of 5, 7, and 5 syllables.
(featuring vocalist Keith Miner, with a tenor sax solo by Glen Peterson and a flugelhorn solo by Dan Theobald)
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 trombonist Rich Eyman and Glen Peterson, tenor sax, trading fours with bass trombonist Glen Newton)
Roseville Big Band performers for this concert:
Saxes: Kay Foster (alto),
Bill Frank (alto), Glen
Peterson (tenor), Dan Desmonds (tenor), and Bill Pearson (baritone)
Trumpets and Flugelhorns: Mark Lee, Dan Theobald, Mark Syman, and Bob Nielsen
Trombones: Mike Bratlie, George Henly, Rich Eyman, and Keith Miner (bass trombone); Glen Newton played bass trombone on "Here's That Rainy Day" and "Moonlight in Vermont"
Rhythm: Ann Booth (piano), Carl Berger (guitar), Mike Wobig (bass), Dave Tuenge (drums), and Glen Newton (vibraphone)
Vocalists: Karen Dunn, Glen Newton, and Keith Miner
This concert is recorded by volunteers from CTV15 public access television and broadcast in the ten-city area served by the North Suburban Cable Commission.