Directed by Glen Newton
Band: wear RBB shirts and khaki shorts or slacks.
Honeysuckle Rose by Andy Razaf and Fats Waller (1929), arr. by Richard Maltby; it was introduced as a soft-shoe number in the off-Broadway revue "Load of Coal" at Connie's Inn, a nightclub in Harlem. Fats Waller's 1934 recording was inducted into the Grammy Hame of Fame in 1999.
The Glory of Love by Billy Hill (1936), arr. by Dave Wolpe, vocal arr. by Glen Newton; Benny Goodman's 1936 recording was a #1 pop hit in 1936. After saying goodbye to his career as a violinst with the Boston Symphony, Hill turned to songwriting. His first big hit, in 1933, was "The Last Roundup", and his string of hits made him one of the most successful songwriters in Tin Pan Alley. "The Glory of Love" was his biggest hit, even bigger than "Have You Ever Been Lonely", whose lyrics he wrote under the pseudonym of George "Funky" Brown.
(featuring the Rosetones vocal quartet, with Dan Desmonds on alto sax)
Introduction of the rhythm section to the audience
Sophisticated Lady by Duke Ellington and Mitchell Parish (1933), arr. by Bob Mintzer; the sophisticated ladies Ellington refers to are three of his grade school teachers. In his words, "They taught all winter and toured Europe in the summer. To me that spelled sophistication."
(featuring tenor saxophonists Dan Carlson and Glen Peterson)
Love is Here to Stay by George and Ira Gershwin (1938), arr. by Dave Wolpe, vocal arr. by Glen Newton; first performed by Kenny Baker in "The Goldwyn Follies" in 1938, a satire on Hollywood about a producer who hires a "simple girl" to be Miss Humanity and evaluate his films from the ordinary person's point of view. It became popular when sung by Gene Kelly to Leslie Caron in the film "American in Paris" in 1951, but some of our audience members will have first heard the song in the movie "When Harry Met Sally" (1989), sung by Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald.
(high key male version; featuring Bruce Stasch and the Rosetones, with a trumpet solo by Dan Theobald)
Introduction of the saxophone section to the audience
It's a Wonderful World by Harold Adamson, Jan Savitt, and Johnny Watson (1939), arr. by Sammy Nestico; a big hit for Jan Savitt and His Top Hatters
(with solos by Mark Syman on flugelhorn and Mike Holt on piano)
Nice Work if You Can Get It by George and Ira Gershwin (1937), arr. by Dave Wolpe; one of nine songs the Gershwin brothers wrote for the movie "A Damsel in Distress".
(featuring Karen Dunn and the Rosetones, and a tenor sax solo by Glen Peterson)
Introduction of the Rosetones to the audience
Shea at Play by Len Yaeger (2021); dedicated to Len's grandson
(featuring solos by Mike Holt, piano; George Henly, trombone; and Dan Theobald, trumpet)
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. At age 13, Steveland Hardaway Morris, "Little Stevie Wonder" became the youngest artist to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
(featuring vocalist Karen Dunn, tenor saxophonist Glen Peterson, and drummer Jim Foster [cut from 59 (after beat 1) to 71 (after beat 1)])
Introduction of the trombone section to the audience
I Left My Heart in San Francisco by George Cory and Douglass Cross (1962), arr. by Billy Byers; singer Tony Bennett won two 1962 Grammy awards for his recording of this song: Best Solo Vocal Performance, Male, and Record of the Year. This gold-selling Top Ten hit stayed in the charts for almost three years. [Three days after this concert, Tony Bennett died at the age of 96.]
(featuring a tenor sax solo by Glen Peterson)
Straighten Up and Fly Right by Nat King Cole and Irving Mills (1944), arr. by Stephen Bulla; the King Cole Trio's most popular recording, based on a folk tale that Cole's father had used as a theme for one of his sermons.
(featuring vocalist Keith Miner, with a band vocal and audience sing-along, and instrumental solos by Mike Holt on piano and James Holdman on guitar)
Introduction of the trumpet and flugelhorn section to the audience
Georgia On My Mind by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell (1930), arr. by Dave Wolpe; Gorrell wrote the lyrics for Hoagy's sister, Georgia Carmichael, but since the ambiguity of the lyrics made it apply equally well to a woman or a state, it became the official song of the State of Georgia in 1979.
(featuring the Rosetones, with a tenor sax solo by Glen Peterson)
Woodchopper's Ball by Joey Bishop and Woody Herman (1939), arr. by Glenn Osser; the Woody Herman band's biggest hit, their recording was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002.
(featuring solos by Glen Newton, trumpet; Jake Olsen, trumpet; George Henly, trombone; James Holdman, guitar; Bill Frank, alto sax; Tom Huelsmann, bass trombone; Dan Carlson, tenor sax; and Eric Laska, string bass)
This selection is available on the Roseville Big Band Concert in the Park CD and cassette tape.
The Roseville Big Band:
Saxes (left to right): Glen Peterson (tenor), Bill Frank (alto), Dan Desmonds (alto), Dan Carlson (tenor), and Sue Wells (baritone)
Trumpets and Flugelhorns (left to right): Dan Theobald, Mark Syman, Jake Olsen, and Bob Nielsen
Trombones (left to right): George Henly, Keith Miner, Michael Sweet, and Tom Huelsmann (bass trombone); Glen Newton played trombone while Keith sang Straighten Up and Fly Right
Rhythm: Glen Newton (vibraphone), Mike Holt (piano), James Holdman (guitar), Eric Laska (bass), and Jim Foster (drums)
Vocal: The Rosetones (Karen Dunn, Diane Dolinar, Bruce Stasch, and Glen Newton), and Keith Miner
Around 230 people were in the audience at Central Park.
Saturday, July 22, 2023.
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