Big Band Echoes

    May 18, 2018 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
    Cottonwood Public Library
    100 S 6th St
    Cottonwood, AZ 86326
    Big Band Echoes @ Cottonwood Public Library | Cottonwood | Arizona | United States

    Big Band Echoes, a nostalgic look back to the Big Band Era of the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s, will be meeting at the Cottonwood Public Library on Friday, May 18 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and will continue on the third Fridays of each month. Hosted by Jim Ahlstrom, a former radio personality now living in Cottonwood, the program will feature music from the Big Band Era along with a special emphasis each month on a featured big band leader, a short bio and a sampling of their best known hits. Noted big band singers will also be featured. Ahlstrom says he’ll conduct some trivia elements involving big band themes, song titles, and lyrics to challenge the audience. The audience will also be introduced to foreign big bands, one or two novelty songs and portions of big band radio remotes recorded during that era. Current artists of the big band genre will also be presented. The host also said the audience will be encouraged to bring in their favorite song on CD or challenge him to find it in his vast collection of music. “I’m hoping that the attendees will not only enjoy listening to some long forgotten tunes but will also enjoy participating in the trivia portion of the evening,” Ahlstrom added.
    This month Ahlstrom will be featuring Tommy Dorsey as the band of the month and The Ink Spots as vocalists of the month. Other artists featured will include a radio remote broadcast with the Art Kassel band and selections by Ray Anthony. Other artists include: Kay Kyser, Johnny Mercer, Andre Rieu, Nat King Cole, Keely Smith, Anita O’Day, June Christy, Helen O’Connell, Helen Forrest, Ella Fitzgerald and some big band instrumentals from the Swing Era. The group will meet in the Dede Ewald Room. For more information on library services please visit The library is located at 100 S 6th St in Cottonwood.


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