Dance to the Big Band Swing
by Glen Newton (1999), arr. by Glen Newton; the Roseville
Big Band theme song!
(featuring vocalists Karen Dunn and Glen Newton, with solos by drummer David Tuenge and tenor saxophonist Glen Peterson)
This selection is a bonus track on the Roseville Big Band Concert in the Park (+8) CD.
Satin Doll by Billy Strayhorn, Duke
Ellington, and Johnny Mercer (1958), arr. by Sammy Nestico; one of the Duke
Ellington classics, played often by Count Basie's band.
(featuring solos by Ann Booth, piano, Dan Theobald, flugelhorn, and Glen Peterson, tenor sax; with vocalists Karen Dunn and Glen Newton)
Joshua traditional, arr. by
Mike Bratlie (2007); this traditional song
celebrates Joshua's triumph at Jericho, a heavily fortified city just five miles
west of the Jordan River; Mike has also created a similar arrangement for the
Minneapolis Trombone Choir.
(featuring solos by George Henly, trombone, and Carl Berger, guitar)
Skylark by Johnny Mercer and Hoagy Carmichael
(1941), arr. by Jerry Nowak; Mercer said that
he struggled for a year after he got the music from Carmichael before he could
get the lyrics right.
(featuring vocalist Karen Dunn)
Bei Mir Bist du Schoen (in C Minor)
by Sholom Secunda and Sammy Cahn (1932), arr. by Glen Newton; the Andrews Sisters
had their first major success with “Bei Mir” which held Billboard's
No. 1 slot for five weeks. This achievement established the girls as successful
recording artists and they became celebrities.
(featuring vocalists Karen Dunn, Denise Baber, and Glen Newton, with trombone solos by George Henly and Rich Eyman)
(It Seems to Me I've) Heard That Song Before
by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne (1942); a huge hit for trumpeter
Harry James and vocalist Helen Forrest; sung by Frank Sinatra in the Republic
motion picture "Youth on Parade"; charted at # 1 for 13 weeks in 1943.
(featuring trumpeter Mark Lee, with a vocal by Glen Newton)
It's Been a Long, Long Time by Sammy
Cahn and Jule Styne (1945), arr. by Tim Altmann; another of Harry James' biggest
hits; the Bing Crosby and Les Paul recording of this song hit #1 on the Billboard
charts the month after World War II ended in 1945.
(featuring trumpeter Kari Coad, vocalist Karen Dunn, and tenor saxophonist Glen Peterson)
Augie's Turn by Len
Yaeger (2007), arr. by Len Yaeger; Len's newest composition for the Roseville
(featuring solos by Mark Lee on the trumpet, Dan Theobald on trumpet, and Glen Newton on the E-flat flute)
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 Glen Newton, trumpet; and Glen Peterson, tenor sax, trading fours with trombonist Rich Eyman)
Still Love You
by Keith Miner (2000), arr. by Glen Newton;
Keith composed this song to honor his parents on their wedding anniversary.
(featuring composer-vocalist Keith Miner, with solos by Carl Berger, guitar; and Mike Wobig, electric bass)
The Glory of Love by Billy Hill (1936),
arr. by Dave Wolpe, vocal arr. by Glen Newton; Hill also wrote cowboy songs,
such as "Wagon Wheels" and, under the pseudonym of George "Funky"
Brown, he co-wrote the song "Have You Ever Been Lonely?"
(featuring vocalists Karen Dunn and Glen Newton, with Dan Desmonds on alto sax)
Roseville Big Band performers for this concert:
Saxes: Dan Desmonds (alto), Bill
Frank (alto/flute), Glen Peterson (tenor),
Debbie Clapp (tenor), and
Bill Pearson (baritone)
Trumpets and Flugelhorns: Mark Lee, Kari Coad, Dan Theobald, and Bob Nielsen
Trombones: Mike Bratlie, George Henly, Rich Eyman, Keith Miner (bass trombone)
Rhythm: Ann Booth (piano), Carl Berger (guitar), Mike Wobig (bass), and Dave Tuenge (drums)
Vocalists: Karen Dunn, Denise Baber, Glen Newton, and Keith Miner
Notes on the musical selections and composers:
Sholom Secunda was born in the Ukraine in 1894. He was one of the "big four" in New York City's 2nd Avenue Yiddish theater scene.
Jacob Jacobs wrote the original Yiddish lyrics to "Bei Mir" for the Yiddish musical "I Would if I Could" ("Men Ken Lebn Nor Men Lost Nisht"). Sammy Cahn created the English lyrics in 1937. The Andrews Sisters (Lead Patti, Soprano Maxene, and Alto LaVerne) recorded it on November 24, 1937.
"Heard that Song" was nominated for an Academy Award.
Sammy Cahn was born Samuel Cohen on the Lower East Side of New York City in 1913. Four of his songs received Academy Awards: "Three Coins in a Fountain" in 1954; "All the Way" in 1957; "High Hopes" in 1959; and "Call Me Irresponsible" in 1963. The first three were introduced by Frank Sinatra, and the last was introduced by Jackie Gleason. In 1988, the Sammy Awards for movie songs and scores were introduced in his honor.
Jule Styne was born Julius Kerwin Stein in London, in 1905, of Jewish immigrants from Ukraine. A piano prodigy, he composed over 1550 songs, including the scores for many Broadway shows, including "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," "Funny Girl," and "Gypsy."