“When Swing was King” – Benny Goodman Tribute
Tickets: $26, $30, $35
With their unique brand of musical Americana and hot jazz revelry, the Boilermaker Jazz Band brings the party to you! The Band interprets the great American song book in their own unique fashion, bringing the swinging sounds of the jazz age back to life. You’ll hear familiar classics and rarities performed by superb instrumentalists and heartfelt vocalists. From concert halls to dances, festival stages to elegant soirees, listeners and dancers agree — with their infectious beat and enthusiasm this band can make any crowd move!
Leading the Boilermaker Jazz Band on clarinet and vocals is Paul Cosentino, a full time bandleader/performer who founded the band in 1988 at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He is constantly searching for new and original tunes to add to the band’s classic jazz repertoire — you’ll hear something different every time! Paul plays an antique Albert system clarinet giving him a wonderfully distinctive sound.
The band also features fabulous female singer Jennifer McNulty who will thrill you with her smooth and sultry vocal stylings. From bar room ballads and not-so-standard standards to hot and bubblin’ swing, Jennie’s performances add a touch of sophistication to the Boilermaker ensemble.
The Boilermaker Jazz Band has performed at major venues throughout the world — including Lincoln Center and the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Chicago Summer Dance, the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC, The Edinburgh International Festival in Scotland, and The Jeju Island Swing festival in Korea.
Everywhere they go, they deliver the good feelings that real jumpin’ jazz can create. Paul and the Boilermakers have recorded eight critically acclaimed CD’s and have received rave reviews for their excellent live performances. The Boilermakers have been featured on radio shows across the country and overseas, including a National Public Radio Jazz Series that was broadcast on over 50 stations. The Boilermaker Jazz Band’s music was recently featured on the hit Fox TV show “So You Think You Can Dance” for a fantastic Lindy Hop routine.
The Boilermaker Jazz Band performs for festivals, concerts, clubs, dances, seminars, corporate events, weddings, and parties of any kind. We also offer dynamic, informative school and children’s programs and specialized “theme” performances — just ask!
The Boilermaker Jazz Band is proud to be featuring a wonderful concert: “When Swing Was King – The Music of Benny Goodman”. This full show features the best of Benny’s small band classics, big band themes, and great tunes made famous by Goodman’s Gals.
Benny Goodman was known as the King of Swing. His iconic Big Band recordings of the 1930s & ‘40s are instantly recognizable and still popular today.
But Benny also featured a wonderful small band that could play it hot– reallysizzling on tunes like Slipped Disc and Airmail Special– and delicate on lovely numbers like Memories of You. This was a trailblazing group and was the first openly integrated band performing in concerts halls and movies.
In this concert Paul Cosentino and the Boilermaker Jazz Band will bring the energy and delicate swing of the small bands to you, performing some of their best known material. You’ll also hear some of your favorite Goodman Big Band melodies, done small band style.
Jennifer McNulty sings selections by Benny’s Gals, including hits by Peggy Lee, Liltin’ Martha Tilton and the Helen’s- Ward and Forrest.
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SHOW SPONSORS: (Pending)
The Official Hotel of the Arcadia – The Holiday Inn Express
The Official Caterer of the Arcadia – Carlyn’s Italian American Cuisine of Windber
The Official Media of the Arcadia – WJAC TV
The Official Decorator/Florist of the Arcadia – Something Xtra Special of Windber