|Benny Goodman Tribute
Stan Rubin Orchestra
January Jazz Fest
Jan. 12, 2013 / 8pm
Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Center
"The beauty of big-band swing is that it combines musical
structure with improvisation,
The "King of Swing" will make his way to the Centenary Stage to lead the Benny Goodman Tribute on Saturday, January 12 at 8 PM, when the Stan Rubin Orchestra arrives with its 15 piece big band to launch the January Jazz Fest in Hackettstown.
Bandleader, conductor, and clarinetist, the legendary Benny Goodman is synonymous with swing and big band jazz orchestra. With a career spanning over 50 years, Goodman worked with such legendary jazz performers such as Bix Beiderbecke, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Mildred Bailey, Bessie Smith and countless others. His following of fans and music enthusiasts has kept Benny Goodman’s name and legend an ever-present staple in jazz and swing music.
Celebrating the life and music of Benny Goodman is the acclaimed Stan Rubin Orchestra featuring bandleader, Herb Gardner. Stan Rubin, widely known as the foremost preserver of the swing style, enjoys his strong roots in the state of New Jersey, from his early days at Blair Academy in Blairstown, to his graduation from Princeton University, where the jazz band he started when he didn’t make the basketball team was eventually invited to perform for Grace Kelly’s wedding to the Prince of Moraco, which changed everything for Rubin. Rubin has invested $300,000 of his own money into a library of swing, a collection of the arrangements played by the likes of Goodman, the Dorsey Brothers, Artie Shaw, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Harry James and a half-dozen others who swung America from the 1930s into the early 50s.
Bandleader Herb Gardner has performed with a renown roster of jazz luminaries, including Wynton Marsalis, Doc Cheatham, Max Kaminsky, Gene Krupa, Roy Eldridge and more. He toured with popular jazz performers Wild Bill Davison, Kenny Davern and Dick Wellstood. While serving as co-leader of Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, Gardner played at George Bush’s inauguration and Bill Clinton’s victory party.
The January Jazz Fest at CSC is made possible in part through the support of Premiere Sponsor, Heath Village Retirement Community, in Hackettstown. The 2012-13 season of performing arts events at Centenary Stage Company is made possible (and affordable) through the generous support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts, the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, and Centenary Stage Company members and sponsors, also including Silver sponsor Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, and series sponsors Fulton Bank of New Jersey, and Mamas and Café Bacci, as well as CSC members and sponsors.
Also see 'Herb Gardner and Stan Rubin Orchestra to Bring Benny Goodman Tribute to Centenary Stage, 1/12' article with many links to additional information.
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