Swing Swing Swing
Many musicians ponder the fate of the great songs of the swing era, and wonder whether that music will outlive the World War Two generation. The enthusiastic response to our recent performances of the selections on this CD reminded us that the music of the Swing Era is still alive and well! We are excited to share our versions of these great tunes with you. We lead off with the most requested song of the swing era, Glenn Miller's In the Mood. Miller first recorded this tune by Joe Garland in 1940. The Glenn Miller Orchestra still tours the world, under the direction of trombonist Larry O'Brien. Emily Hoerdemann, Karl Booth and Steven Levin all do a great job of replicating the original solos from Miller's recording. Emily Hoerdemann is featured on Artie Shaw's theme song, Begin the Beguine. Later in his life, he would refer to this song as "an anchor around my neck," but it remains one of the great big band themes. By all accounts a difficult person, Artie Shaw retired from the music business in 1954. He was famous not only for his musicianship, but also for his many wives, who included Lana Turner and Ava Gardner. Hoerdemann plays Shaw's clarinet solo on the soprano saxophone. Tommy Dorsey was a virtuoso trombonist, and he displayed it every time he played his theme song, I'm Getting Sentimental Over You. Frank Sinatra's early success was in the Dorsey band, and he often said that he learned breath control from watching Tommy Dorsey play every night. Dorsey had a phenomenal high range, and this arrangement tops out at a high C sharp. Mark Dempsey does a wonderful job with this beautiful, difficult melody. Originally recorded in 1939, Woodchopper's Ball quickly became the most popular arrangement in Woody Herman's book, and a "must-play" at every concert throughout his career. We feature soloists Emily Hoerdemann, Karl Booth, Mark Dempsey, and Anna Robinson on this swing-era classic. Leap Frog was the theme song of Les Brown and His Band of Renown, which was best known for backing comedian Bob Hope for many years. The band still exists, and has been led by Les Brown, Jr. since 2001. I like to remind our students that this song is heard in the movie The Nutty Professor with Jerry Lewis. One O' Clock Jump was such a major hit for the Count Basie Orchestra that they still use it to close every concert. Originally a solo vehicle for members of the Basie band, we use it to feature our excellent saxophone section. Take the A Train, by Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington, was first recorded in 1941 and featured Ray "Floor Show" Nance on cornet. It remains one of the most popular songs ever recorded. As an homage to Nance, who also played the violin, we feature Anna Robinson, playing Nance's cornet solo on the violin. Aaron Wood plays Duke's famous introduction on the piano. Ted Heath was Great Britain's most famous bandleader, and he led his first orchestra in 1944. He was hugely successful for about fifteen years. Memories of You was used by the Ted Heath orchestra to feature two trumpet soloists. We feature our lead trumpeter, Kevin Moletti, along with myself, on this beautiful, show-stopping arrangement of Eubie Blake's great standard. We round things out with one of the great concert closers, Sing Sing Sing. Benny Goodman brought down the house in Carnegie Hall in 1938 with this tune, originally featuring Babe Russin on tenor sax, Harry James on trumpet, Goodman on clarinet, pianist Jess Stacy, and Gene Krupa on drums. It is difficult for any drummer to fill the shoes of Gene Krupa, but Brian Spicklemire proves that he is up to the task. We also hear from Emily Hoerdemann, recreating Goodman's original solos. In the process of rehearsing, performing and recording this music, all of us who were involved gained a greater appreciation for the swinging, virtuoso arrangements from what was a very short era in music. We hope that you enjoy listening (and even dancing!) to the great music on the CD as performed by the outstanding jazz musicians at Bradley University. Tracks 1. In the Mood (Joe Garland) Solos: Emily Hoerdemann (soprano sax), Karl Booth (tenor sax), Stevin Levin (trumpet) 2. Beguine the Beguine (Cole Porter, arr. Artie Shaw) Solo: Emily Hoerdemann 3. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You (Tommy Dorsey) Solos: Mark Dempsey, trombone, Aaron Wood (piano) 4. Woodchopper's Ball (Joe Bishop and Woody Herman) Solos: Emily Hoerdemann (alto sax), Karl Booth (tenor sax), Mark Dempsey (trombone), Anna Robinson (trumpet) 5. Leap Frog (Joe Garland) Solo: Karl Booth (tenor sax) 6. One O'Clock Jump (Count Basie) Featuring the saxophone section 7. Take The A Train (Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington) Solos: Aaron Wood (piano), Anna Robinson (violin) 8. Memories of You (Eubie Blake, arr. Ted Heath) Featuring Kevin Moletti (trumpet) and Dr. Todd Kelly (trumpet) 9. Sing Sing Sing (Louis Prima, arr. Benny Goodman) Solos: Brian Spicklemire (drums), Emily Hoerdemann (soprano saxophone) Personnel Emily Hoerdemann, alto and soprano saxophones Lauren Green, alto saxophone Karl Booth, tenor saxophone Corey Burns, tenor saxophone Mickey Lenisa, baritone saxophone Kevin Moletti, lead trumpet Steven Levin, trumpet Anna Robinson, trumpet and violin Eric Chelmecki, trumpet Mark Dempsey, lead trombone Steve Krave, trombone Melody Glasscock, trombone Sara Swanson, trombone Luke Nelson, trombone Andrew Vickers, bass trombone Aaron Wood, piano Josh McCarthy, guitar Erik Juhl, bass Brian Spicklemire, drums Recorded by Gary Manuel at Mirror Image Studios, Bartonville, Illinois April - August, 2006. Special thanks to Dr. Jeffrey Huberman, Dean of the Slane College of Communication and Fine Arts at Bradley University. Jazz at Bradley University The Jazz Program at Bradley University, under the direction of Dr. Todd Kelly, includes two big bands, one combo, and a year-long improvisation sequence. The program hosts the Bradley University Jazz Festival each year in February. The Bradley Jazz Ensemble is the flagship ensemble of the program. In past years, they have performed at the Illinois Collegiate Jazz Festival and the Elmhurst College Jazz Festival, as well as performances in France, Switzerland, and Italy at the Vienne Jazz Festival, Brienz Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, Umbria Jazz Festival, and the Tuscany Valdarno Jazz Festival. They have brought many clinicians and soloists to the Bradley campus, including Mike Lee, The Mike Vax Big Band, Matt Wilson, Rachael Lee, Allen Vizzutti, Ron Jones, Tom Garling, Byron Stripling, Chris Vadala, and the Jeff Hamilton Trio. They perform a yearly tribute to jazz masters - past tributes have included Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Woody Herman, Frank Sinatra, Buddy Rich, and Stan Kenton. The Bradley Jazz Lab Band meets once a week, and performs twice each semester for campus concerts. It is open to both music majors and non-majors. The Bradley Jazz Combo is made up of the finest jazz musicians on campus, and focuses on developing skills in improvisation and group interaction. They perform weekly in Peoria, and play frequently both on and off campus. Dr. Todd Kelly, Associate Professor of Music at Bradley University, directs the Bradley Jazz Ensemble's and teaches Trumpet, Jazz Improvisation, and Secondary Music Methods. He is active as a trumpet player and clinician throughout the United States. Dr. Kelly is an artist/clinician for the Conn/Selmer Company, and is a member of the International Association for Jazz Education, the Music Educators' National Conference, and the International Trumpet Guild. Music at Bradley University Bradley University is a comprehensive private university located in Peoria, Illinois. With 5,300 undergraduate and 800 graduate students, Bradley offers the opportunities and choices of a larger university (with over 100 programs in 5 colleges plus a graduate school) and the quality, personal attention, and challenge of a small private college. The Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts enrolls over 1000 students in five departments including Art, Communication, Multimedia, Music, and Theatre Arts. The Music Department offers degrees in Music Performance, Music Education, Music Composition, Music Business, the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Music, and a Minor in music. Scholarships are available to qualified music majors. For more information about music at Bradley University, call 309-677-2595, or contact Dr. David Vroman through email at dvroman@bradley. Edu.