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, January 18 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and continues on the third Friday 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. “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 feature the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra as Band of the Month and the featured Vocalist of the Month will be Nat King Cole. A new feature monthly is the Big Band Trifecta, featuring three tunes by some of the most popular dance bands of this era, with the Ray Anthony Orchestra initiating this new series. The January big band remote broadcast will tune in on the Jimmy Dorsey Band appearing on July 18, 1944 from the Frolics Club in Miami Florida.
Among other artists to be heard are Freddie Slack, Woody Herman, Bing Crosby, Claude Thornhill, Gordon Jenkins, Billy Butterfield, Harry James, Eddy Howard, Dean Martin, Ella Fitzgerald, Al Martino and Matt Monro.
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