Concert at St. Michael's, June 14, 2022, 7:10 - 8:25 p.m.

1660 W. County Road B, Roseville, Minnesota 55113

Directed by Glen Newton
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Band: Wear tan/khaki slacks or shorts and the new summer shirts.

April in Paris by Vernon Duke and E. Y. Harburg (1932), arr. by Bob Lowden; from the 1932 Broadway musical "Walk a Little Faster"; one of Count Basie's classic hits in 1955, performed by Basie's orchestra in the middle of the prairie in the 1974 film "Blazing Saddles".
(featuring solos by Keith Miner, trombone, and Dan Theobald, trumpet)

Tribute to Stevie Wonder

Stevland Hardaway Morris  (born May 13, 1950) first got the public's attention at age 11 as "Little Stevie Wonder". In 1963, at age 13, he became the youngest artisst to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart. His career included innovations in the use of synthesizers, album planning, and cross-genre music. His 25 grammy awards are the most of any solo artist.

My Cherie Amour by Stevie Wonder, Henry Cosby and Sylvia Moy (1968), arr. by Sammy Nestico; Wonder's original song, "Oh, My Marsha", was inspired by a girlfriend at the Michigan School for the Blind. Motown producer Barry Gordy asked songwriters Cosby and Moy to help him update it. Moy came up with the song's final title. It reached #4 on the Billboard pop chart.

Sir Duke by Stevie Wonder (1976), arr. by Michael Philip Mossman; a tribute to jazz giant Duke Ellington, who had died in 1974, and other stars of the big band era, this track from his album "Songs in the Key of Life" reached #1 on the pop and R&B charts.
(featuring vocalist Karen Dunn, tenor saxophonist Glen Peterson, and drummer Jim Foster)

I Just Called to Say I Love You by Stevie Wonder (1984), arr. by Dave Wolpe; winner of the Academy Award for Best Original Song, from the movie "The Woman in Red", this song is Wonder's best-selling single.
(featuring vocalists Karen Dunn, Bruce Stasch, and Glen Newton)

I Wish by Stevie Wonder (1976), arr. by Mike Tomaro; another chart-topping song from "Songs in the Key of Life," it talks about how he wishes he could relive his childhood in the 1950’s and early ‘60’s. about how he could go back and relive it.
(featuring a solo by tenor saxophonist Glen Peterson)

Introduction of the rhythm section to the audience and dmonstration of vibraphone sounds with the motor on and off

You Are the Sunshine of My Life by Stevie Wonder (1972), arr. by Mark Taylor; this song from his album "Talking Book" was his third #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and his first #1 on the Easy Listening Chart (aka Adult Contemporary Chart)
(featuring vocalist Karen Dunn, with a solo by tenor saxophonist Glen Peterson)

Let's Call the Whole Thing Off by George and Ira Gershwin (1936), arr. by Nelson Riddle; introduced by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers as part of a dance duet on roller skates in the 1937 film "Shall We Dance"
(featuring vocalists Bruce Stasch and Karen Dunn)

Introduction of the saxophone section to the audience

Embraceable You by George and Ira Gershwin (1930), arr. by Dave Barduhn; the Gershwin brothers originally wrote the song in 1928 for an unpublished operatta named "East is West." It was eventually published in 1930 and included in the Broadway musical "Girl Crazy," where it was performed by Ginger Rogers in a song and dance routine choreographed by Fred Astaire.
(featuring alto saxophone soloist Kay Foster)

The Maine Coon Cat Waltz by Glen Newton (2014), a tribute to the "gentle giants" of the cat world
(play F & G twice. 1st time at F: Glen Peterson on tenor sax, 1st time at G: Glen Newton on vibraphone, 2nd time at F: Bill Frank on flute, 2nd time at G: Dan Theobald on flugelhorn)

Introduction of the trumpet and flugelhorn section to the audience and demonstration of the difference between trumpet and flugelhorn

Darn That Dream by James Van Heusen and Eddie DeLange (1939), arr. by Matt Harris; introduced in the Broadway musical "Swingin' The Dream"
(featuring vocalist Keith Miner, with a trombone solo by Glen Newton)

Tonight's Supermoon Songs

When a full moon coincides with the moon being at its closest to Earth (its perigee) on its monthly journey, it's called a Supermoon (sometimes Strawberry Moon). At its fartheset (the apogee) it is about 253,000 miles away. The average is 239,000 miles. Tonight is one of three Supermoons during 2022.

Moon River by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer (1961), arr. by Joe Reisman, vocal arr. by Glen Newton; winner of the Academy Award for Best Original Song, from the 1961 movie "Breakfast at Tiffany's," Moon River won the 1962 Grammy awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
(featuring alto saxophonists Kay Foster and Bill Frank and vocalists Karen Dunn, Bruce Stasch, and Glen Newton)
This selection is available on the Roseville Big Band Concert in the Park CD and cassette tape.

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", it 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)

Introduction of the trombone section to the audience

How High the Moon by Morgan Lewis and Nancy Hamilton (1940), arr. by Dave Wolpe; the earliest recorded hit version was by Benny Goodman & His Orchestra in 1941, but the best-known recording of the song is by Les Paul and Mary Ford, made on January 4, 1951. Tonight we have a Supermoon in the sky. How high is the moon? About 222,000 miles tonight.
(featuring the trombone section, with solos by Keith Miner, George Henly, and Jared Bade)

Roseville Big Band performers for this concert:

Saxes: Glen Peterson (tenor), Bill Frank (alto), Kay Foster (alto), Dan Carlson (tenor), and Dan Desmonds (baritone)
Trumpets/Flugelhorns: Dan Theobald, Mark Syman, Mark Lee and Bob Nielsen
Trombones: George Henly, Keith Miner, Jared Bade, and Scott Henry (bass trombone)
Rhythm: Mike Holt (piano), Eric Laska (bass), Jim Foster (drums), and Glen Newton (vibraphone)
Vocal: Karen Dunn, Bruce Stasch, Glen Newton and Keith Miner

Because of weather service warnings about excessive heat, with a temperature of 91 "feels like 93", we moved the concert from the Central Park Amphitheatre to St. Michaels. The concert was presented in the sanctuary because a 95th birthday party was in progress in the community room. We started 10 minutes later than originally planned because of problems getting some sound system channels working. The later start also gave more people who had first gone to Central Park the opportunity to hear the whole concert. About 40 people were in the audience.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022.


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