[Dixielandjazz] Early Jazz In NYC - Jan 6, 2005

Steve barbone barbonestreet at earthlink.net
Fri Dec 10 14:12:58 PST 2004

It doesn't get any better than this. A BARGAIN at $27.50. How comer they are
not headlining at some of the premier OKOM Festivals & Jubilees??????

Steve Barbone

An Evening of Early Jazz Thursday, Jan. 6, 2005 8 PM  featuring

New York, NY December 8, 2004 Jack Kleinsinger's "Highlights in Jazz," New
York's longest running jazz series (this is their 32rd season), is pleased
to present An Evening of Early Jazz Thursday, Jan. 6, 2005 at 8 PM featuring
Wycliffe Gordon, Ken Peplowski, Randy Sandke and Carrie Smith plus the
Manhattan Ragtime Orchestra featuring Orange Kellin, and Jon-Erik Kellso.

Trombonist Wycliffe Gordon has had an extraordinary career as a performer,
conductor, composer, arranger, and educator, receiving high praise from
audiences and critics alike. Gordon tours the world performing hard
swinging, straight ahead jazz for audiences ranging from heads of state to
elementary school students. His trombone playing mixes powerful, intricate
runs with sweet notes extended over clean melodies, and has been hailed by
The New York Times as "masterful". Gordon received the Jazz Journalists
Association 2000 Critics¹ Award for Best Trombone and has also earned the
2001 Jazz Journalists Association Award for Best Trombone.

Clarinetist Ken Peplowski has been compared to Benny Goodman--favorably. The
noted New York Times music critic John S. Wilson called him "a clarinetist
with a Benny Goodman tone and a Buddy DeFranco style." It is not surprising,
because Peplowski was a member of Goodman's last working orchestra. But
truly Peplowski plays the music that he likes, his own way. Ken has recorded
and performed with musicians as diverse as Mel Torme, Charlie Byrd, Peggy
Lee, George Shearing, Howard Alden, Rosemary Clooney, and Steve Allen.

Like Peplowski trumpeter Randy Sandke was brought to Benny Goodman's
attention by Bob Wilber and was hired on the spot after hearing Sandke play
a chorus of "Get Happy". Sandke was featured on Goodman's PBS broadcast
"Let's Dance," and on Goodman's final recordings. He played with Goodman
until Benny's death in June of 1986. In addition to recording with Goodman,
Sandke has also recorded with Ray Brown, Buck Clayton, Michael Brecker,
George Wein's Newport All-Stars, and John Hendricks, to name a few. Noted
author and jazz journalist Chip Deffaa had this to say about Randy Sandke.
"Few trumpeters interpret melodies more lyrical than Sandke...stunning..."

Vocalist Carrie Smith is truly a musician's singer. She has spent her life
singing gospel, blues, jazz and R&B After many appearances on local
television shows, and in jazz festivals around the world, Carrie sang her
way right on to Broadway where she starred in the musical, "Black and Blue".
Her voice is like semisweet chocolate, deep and a bit bitter but very rich
in flavor. Writing for All About Jazz C. Michael Bailey called her ³A blues
singer with a jazz singer's soul.²

The Manhattan Ragtime Orchestra is a brand new eight-piece group that was
formed by world-renowned clarinetist Orange Kellin and features some of the
most outstanding and well-known musicians in New York City that specialize
in vintage jazz. They all have made their names recording prolifically in
various contexts and have extensive credentials playing major festivals,
radio, television, motion picture sound tracks, and frequent worldwide
touring.  They play classic rags and other related forgotten American
popular music from the ragtime era.  Their new CD, Euphonic Sounds Radical
Pop Music From The Ragtime Era was just released on Stomp Off Records.

This concert will take place at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center (Borough
of Manhattan Community College), 199 Chambers Street (between Greenwich and
West Street). The tickets are $27.50, $25.00 for students.  They can be
purchased at the theater box office or by calling (212) 220-1460.Mail Order
to Highlights In Jazz 7 Peter Cooper Sq. NY, NY 10010 enclose self-addressed

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