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Blissful Boomers Enjoy the Big Band Sound in Fonthill

Last night I took in the season's third event at the 2012 Fonthill Bandshell Summer Concert Series. It featured one of the preeminent bands around, the Toronto All-Star Big Band, which revives the spirit, style and sound of 1930's and 40's, that golden age of the big bands. And the ironic plus amazing component is that all of the performers, both musicians and vocalists range in age from 15-22! Wow! What a talented crew!

They are well practiced with sparkling programming, smooth choreography and witty nostalgia, an awesome cast of young talented people that has earned a position at the top of the list of presenters throughout Ontario and the U.S, with recent gigs at the Port Hope Jazz Festival, Beaches International Jazz Festival, Art Park in Lewiston N.Y. and Toronto's famed Palais Royale and Casa Loma.

As usual, there was a large, appreciative crowd on hand in lawn chairs, composed of several thousand music lovers and even a few old timers who loved to jive on the sidewalk and nearby road.

You Tubes:

Orange Coloured Sky - The Toronto All-Star Big Band - {Live}: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEPoNQnVceM

Toronto All-Star Big Band - Just A Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_OvN8Ir1Qc

Toronto All Star Big Band: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvoKfJ6RF5s&feature=related

The Toronto All-Star Big Band engages cream-of-the-crop young musicians from across the GTA in a rigorous regime of rehearsals, workshops and a fantastic breadth of rich and skill-building performance experiences with international stars such as Buddy deFranco, Eddie Daniels, Larry Elgart, Clark Terry, Cleo Laine and John Dankworth. They recently played with "Doc" Severinsen in Mississauga. See them when you can.

Last night, they didn't disappoint, playing two hours of big band era hits from the 1930s and 1940s. With lots of solos, including a young lady playing the double bass, they exhibited incredible showmanship for a group so young.

Now in its seventh season, the free Fonthill Thursday program is enjoying a growing reputation for bringing professional entertainment to Pelham in the family friendly atmosphere of Peace Park. Check out the Summer Concert Series schedule on their website: http://www.fonthillbandshell.com/

Playing With Doc   Talented Musicians   Terrific Brass Section   Toronto Allstar Big Band   Vocalists






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