Jazz Series

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A Swingin' Affair: 75 Years of Sinatramania
August 27
75 years ago, Frank Sinatra made his record-breaking appearance at New York's Paramount Theater, hurling the boy singer into the spotlight and making him a world phenomenon. Join James Langton and his New York All-Star Big Band - along with the sensational vocal quartet Gimme Four - for this unique tribute, and hear the original arrangements written for Sinatra during his 50-year career by Nelson Riddle, Axel Stordahl and others, including material recently unearthed from the archives that has not been performed for decades. Former vocalist and front man with the internationally acclaimed Pasadena Roof Orchestra, James Langton will tip his hat to "Ol' Blue Eyes" in his classy, sophisticated and witty style, swinging new life into such timeless classics as "I've Got You Under My Skin", "Summer Wind" and "The Way You Look Tonight", as well as numbers immortalized by Sinatra during his early years as a big band vocalist, including "I'll Never Smile Again."
Swingin' in the Hall!
January 14, 2018
An 80th Anniversary Celebration of Benny Goodman's Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert
On January 16, 1938, Benny Goodman and his Orchestra performed to a packed house at New York's prestigious Carnegie Hall, at that time a "blue-nose" place where society and the elite mixed, and to which only the affluent possessed season tickets. Goodman's smashing success introduced jazz to a new audience, and transformed him into the world's first pop icon. Eighty years later, on January 14, 2018, Dan Levinson and James Langton's New York All-Star Big Band will celebrate that milestone with music played at that landmark event. You'll hear "Don't Be That Way", "One O'Clock Jump", and the anthemic "Sing, Sing, Sing", as well as other hits immortalized by the Goodman orchestra during the Swing Era. These are the sounds that captivated an entire planet - and they're as exciting today as they were eight decades ago. Don't miss this!
Swingin' On A Star
March 25, 2018
Dan Levinson's Gotham SophistiCats with Molly Ryan
Hot Jazz from the Golden Age of Hollywood
Hooray for Hollywood! Come enjoy an afternoon of effervescent melodies from the silver screen originally performed by such iconic Hollywood figures as Fred Astaire, Ethel Waters, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, the Marx Brothers, Shirley Temple, and even Cary Grant. Dan Levinson's Gotham SophistiCats with vocalist Molly Ryan will serve up a hot plate of delectable cinematic fare and have you dancing in the aisles. So pick yourself up, shake the blues away, put on the ritz, step out with your baby, and let yourself go - you’ll be carrying moonbeams home in a jar!