Monday, February 11, 2013

Music man

"The only thing that ultimately matters is to eat an ice-cream cone, play a slide trombone, plant a small tree, good God, now you're free." Ray Manzarek, singer, producer, film director, writer, and co-founder and keyboardist of The Doors 

PAUL IS HAVING a busy week as a trombone player. Tonight it's Des Moines Big Band where he plays lead trombone. You can catch them at 6:30 at Adventureland Inn in Altoona.

Tomorrow he's goes to Jefferson, IA for a Five By Design concert with Tanner Taylor, Jim Oatts, Dave Bohl, Dave Altemeir and other musical buds of his. Tanner is a piano phenom originally from Jefferson who now lives and plays in Minneapolis, and Five By Design is a singing group based in Shakopee, MN featuring music from the 30s, 40s and 50s. (For more information about the group, scroll down.)

Thursday night Paul plays with the same group in Topeka, KS. Normally he'd be playing with the Turner Center Jazz Orchestra on the Valentine's concert featuring the great Janey Hooper on vocals. (I'll be at TCJO to sub for Paul — administrative duties, clearly not on the trombone.) If you live in central Iowa, the TCJO concert starts at 7:30. Tickets are $25 at the door, or $20 if you call and reserve ahead of time.

Friday night Paul is home. Yay! Saturday night he plays the same Five By Design concert in Ottumwa, IA, and Sunday they're in Des Moines at Hoyt Sherman Place. I'll get to go to that one. Monday night Paul would again normally be playing with the Des Moines Big Band, but Five By Design is in Forest City, IA for another concert, and he's with them.

Here's a link to the Five By Design website if you want to buy tickets, but I have to warn you that the procedure for purchasing them for the Jefferson concert seems to require no small amount of persistence. Loyal jazz fan, Karl Shilling finally resorted to driving to Jefferson to get tickets because neither buying online or over the phone worked. Tickets for the other dates are no problem; you can purchase them online. Below is their schedule for the year and a little description of their music, both pulled from their website.

Five By Design

Five By Design's signature harmonies have withstood the test of time in a career that stands out on America's musical landscape, spanning more than twenty years. Whether backed by symphony orchestra or studio big band, Five By Design embraces the unforgettable melodies, lush harmonies, and swinging rhythms that evoke the names of Miller, Mancini and Mercer.

Radio Days, Five By Design’s flagship production, debuted in the 1980's as a patriotic tribute to the “golden age of radio,” commemorating the 50th anniversary of World War II.  Nearly two decades later, Radio Days still receives great reviews.  The Washington Post heralded its Kennedy Center debut with the National Symphony Orchestra as “one of the best pops performances of the season.” 

With the success of Radio Days and the renewed interest in swing, the Baltimore Symphony requested another production from Five By Design ultimately leading to the Baltimore premiere of Club Swing in 2001.  The show follows the rise and fall of the big band era from 1937-1955 at the fictional Hotel Crosby, “where the music’s hot, the drinks are cool, and the legend lives forever.”

In 2006 Five By Design unveiled their third production.  In true variety show fashion, Stay Tuned moves seamlessly from songs to skits and back again providing a night of marvelous entertainment when television ruled the airwaves.  The music of Perry Como, Rosemary Clooney, Bobby Darin and many more is presented live and in living color. 

Feb 12
Jefferson Scranton High School, Jefferson, IA

Feb 14

Topeka Performing Arts Center, Topeka, KS

Feb 16

Bridge View Center, Ottumwa, IA

Feb 17

Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines, IA

Feb 18

Waldorf College, Forest City, IA

Mar 02

State Theatre. Uniontown, PA

Mar 05

Ashland University, Ashland, OH

Mar 23

Elgin Symphony, Elgin, IL

Mar 24

Elgin Symphony, Elgin, IL

Mar 27

Lincoln Way North Auditorium, Frankfort, IL

Apr 06

Anderson Symphony Orchestra, Anderson, IN

Apr 26

Edmonton Symphony, Edmonton, Canada

Apr 27

Edmonton Symphony, Edmonton, Canada

Jun 23

St. Louis Symphony, St Louis, MO

Sep 21

Sheboygan Symphony, Sheboygan, WI

Sep 22

Oconomowoc Arts Center, Oconomowoc, WI

Nov 01

Heyde Center, Chippewa Falls, WI

Nov 03

Lucille Tack Center, Spencer, WI

Apr 04

Fort Worth Symphony, Fort Worth, TX

Apr 05

Fort Worth Symphony, Fort Worth, TX

Apr 06

Fort Worth Symphony, Fort Worth, TX
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