Thursday, December 10, 2009
Jazz Concert Tribute to Benny Goodman in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, FL – 2009 marked the centennial of Benny Goodman, the “King of Swing”. To continue the celebration, the Gold Coast Jazz Society will present a special tribute concert of Goodman’s music by the Terry Myers Orchestra. The concert will occur on February 10, 2010 at the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The show begins at 7:45 pm. Single tickets are $35 and $40 and student tickets are $12. Purchase tickets through the Broward Center Box Office at 954-462-0222 or online at www.goldcoastjazz.org or www.browardcenter.org. A pre-concert Jazz Riff jazz talk will be given by WXEL radio personality, Stu Grant, at 7:00pm in the theater.
Goodman was an American jazz musician, band leader, clarinetist and fondly known as the “Patriarch of the Clarinet.” His popular bands included some of the biggest names in jazz and he launched the careers many famous musicians. Born in Chicago and one of nine children from poor immigrant parents, Goodman’s story is truly a “rags to riches” tale. As a youngster, Goodman’s father enrolled Benny and two brothers in music lessons. Benny learned quickly and was soon engaged as a professional musician in various local bands. The rest is history, as they say, as his career flourished as a catalyst for the swing movement. Goodman was also known for promoting racial integration in the bands in American popular music. "As far as I'm concerned, what he did in those days—and they were hard days, in 1937—made it possible for Negroes to have their chance in baseball and other fields," said Lionel Hampton.
The Terry Myers Orchestra got its start as a Benny Goodman tribute band, so it’s fitting that they perform Goodman’s music in celebration of his centennial. The band is a favorite touring orchestra in Florida. Myers, a clarinetist and band leader, has played in numerous jazz festivals, including North Sea (Holland), Cork (Ireland), Birmingham (England), Copenhagen (Denmark), Sacramento, Sun Valley, Clearwater, Jacksonville, Maui, Redding (California), High Mountain (Oregon), Helena (Montana), Medford (Oregon), Sun Fest (West Palm Beach), Gainesville, Indianapolis, Elkhart (Indiana), Milwaukee, Bern (Switzerland), Central Illinois, Bix Festival (Iowa) and the Hong Kong Arts Festival.
Terry's dynamic career has enabled him to appear with a variety of talented players including Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (Buddy Morrow), Bob Haggert, Milt Hinton, Butch Miles, Warren Vaché, Monte Alexander, Flip Phillips, Bill Allred, John Allred, Chubby Jackson, Duffy Jackson, Rosemary Clooney, Eddie Higgins, Bobby Rosengarten, Phil Flanigan, Larry Elgart, Vince Giordano, Ira Sullivan, Nathan Page and many others.
Tickets are available for the Feb. 10 concert. The Gold Coast Jazz Society is a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of jazz music through a mainstage concert series, free community concerts, jazz education programs and other events. Go online www.goldcoastjazz.org for more information about the Gold Coast Jazz Society or call 954-524-0805.
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