The Big Band Afternoon

Once again I sat and listened to the “Frank Parsons Big Band” at the Richey Suncoast Theatre.  Today’s program was the music of George and Ira Gershwin that brought back so many beautiful scenes and memories from one’s life.  For example their rendition of Rhapsody in Blue one of my all time favorites turns out to be Paul Whiteman’s theme song.  For those of us too young to remember Paul Whiteman, he was famous back in the 1920’s and thought of as the King of Jazz.  According to the internet the first recording was in 1924 and it was an acoustic version.  www.archive.org/details/rhapblue11924

Liz sang in her soft voice five or six songs that most of recalled from way back, with a smile on our faces.  Somehow the music of yesteryears seem to have words that were easy to understand but also shared a great deal of emotion. 

Fred Noon conducting the band has made a vast improvement (in my opinion), as the entire band keeps in time and on the right page.   It seems the audience grows each month to almost a sell out performance.  It is by far the best band in town and I look forward to going each month.

If you are in the New Port RIchey area someday, look them up.  Great band to dance and listen to.

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2 Replies to “The Big Band Afternoon”

  1. I’ve been listening to the old songs lately also. Gerrshwin’s “Summertime” is one of my favorites. The version with Louis Armstrong’s trumpet lead-in with Ella Fitzgerald singing is the best. I can’t believe the passion that comes from Louis trumpet. It’s a very sensous song considering that it’s being sung to a baby.

  2. Yes, Summertime is beautiful as is the complete Porgy and Bess musical. Each of the songs are filled with hopes, love and fears. Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald are the tops in all they do and so much to be said for the old but beautiful music that will live on. Glad you are enjoying it.

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