What is the Legacy of the Great Swing Bands? How can the flavor, the essence of an era, be brought to life by seven talented musicians in a single evening’s entertainment?
On Sunday, Nov 6, at 7 p.m., Dick Turner’s FEVER! Septet presents an amazing re-creation of signature pieces of the best-known big bands that reveal the variety and innovation that came out of the 30s, 40s, and 50s of swing’s heyday.
The program opens with the struttin’ “Down South Camp Meeting“, as arranged by Fletcher Henderson in 1934 and played by Benny Goodman in 1938. The Fever! Septet shows its versatility in evoking Artie Shaw’s treatment of “Begin the Beguine” and Glenn Miller’s “Serenade in Blue” and “Tuxedo Junction.”
Duke Ellington is covered with his story-song “Sophisticated Lady” and “Take the A Train.” Catch the exotic harmonies of his ballad “Warm Valley” later in the program. Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey are here tonight, as is Count Basie and Woody Herman. Les Brown swings with “Bizet Has his Day.” Then Stan Kenton’s “Artistry in Rhythm” shows how swing could take off into European classical tangents. The evening will end in the 1960s with “Jeannine,” a true brisk-paced swing number that says, “Don’t forget the legacy of the Great Swing Bands — we’re all still here!”
You’ll love the venue — The Bohemian Arts Loft at 3304 B on Bechelli. Out-of-the-way in a short strip mall, the Loft is colorful and welcoming, with room for stage and limited seating, expertly equipped for sound and lighting by Peter Robbins, and presided over by The Bohemian Loft’s own artist-in-residence Nadia.
What: Dick Turner’s FEVER! Septet
When: Sunday, November 6, at 7 p.m.
Where: The Bohemian Art Loft, 3304B Bechelli Lane, Redding, CA 96002
-from press release
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