Jazz Celebration Big Band Concert

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Where and When

Time: 8:00 pm
Location: Gateway Auditorium

Contact: Jeff.Baumeister@bucks.edu

Jazz Celebration

Event Information


The Great American Songbook Meets the Jazz Orchestra”

Much of the greatest music ever penned by American composers and songwriters, came from Movies, and Broadway Musicals of the 1930’s-1950’s; iconic composers such as George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin have come to define the  “Golden Age” of American Music - usually referred to as The Great American Songbook. To Jazz Musicians, these songs are most often referred to as standards...

  • What is it about this Music that gives it such longevity and popular appeal?  
  • Will there ever be another Golden Age of American Music?
  • What is it about this kind of music that has inspired Jazz Musicians to adapt it to the “Jazz vocabulary”?

Just as Franz Joseph Hayden is credited with determining the particular instrumentation and design of the Symphony Orchestra as we know it today, so did the Jazz Orchestras of Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman determine the contemporary “Jazz Orchestra” of 5 Saxophones, 4 Trumpets,  4 Trombones, Guitar, Piano, Bass and Drums, with often the addition of 1 or more vocalists.

In this concert performance, we will attempt to answer the questions posed above!  This event is free and open to the public.