Benny Goodman Reinvented: 75th Anniversary, Carnegie Hall Concert
Ken Peplowski, musical director & clarinet
Lew Tabackin, tenor sax
Terell Stafford, trumpet
James Burton, trombone
Jon Gordon, sax
Ehud Asherie, piano
Monte Croft, vibes
Sheryl Bailey, guitar
Greg Cohen, bass
Willie Jones III, drums
Tonight's show will feature Ken Peplowski & company's re-working of selected songs from the historic Benny Goodman at Carnegie Hall concert in 1938, looked at through the perspective of contemporary musicians. This is much more a re-invention than a recreation.
Long before jazz was seen on concert stages throughout the world, its home was nightclubs like The Blue Note. Clarinetist Benny Goodman's legendary Carnegie Hall Concert on January 16, 1938 marked a momentous occasion of jazz crossing from the clubs to the highbrow realm of concert music (as well as being notable as one of the first public concerts featuring a racially integrated lineup). The show included now famous pieces like, "Sing, Sing, Sing" (with Jess Stacy's incredible unplanned piano solo at the end) and the "Honeysuckle Rose" jam session with Count Basie and Duke Ellington alumni sitting in. The show featured a host of stars including Goodman regulars Lionel Hampton and Gene Krupa as well as Buck Clayton, Johnny Hodges, Walter Page, Lester Young, Harry Carney, and Freddie Green. Tonight’s show features an all-star lineup reinventing that famous concert, but brought back to the original setting the music came from, exactly 75 years later.
About Musical Director Ken Peplowski
The late Mel Torme´said, “Since the advent of Benny Goodman, there have been too few clarinetists to fill the void that Goodman left. Ken Peplowski is most certainly one of those few. The man is magic.” These quotes only hint at Ken Peplowski’s virtuosity – not only is he an outstanding clarinetist and saxophone player, but he’s also a charismatic entertainer who has been delighting audiences for over 30 years with his warmth, wit, and musicianship.
A former member of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Ken moved to New York City in 1980 and played in all kinds of settings, from Dixieland to avant-garde jazz. In 1984, Benny Goodman came out of retirement and put together a new band, hiring Ken on tenor saxophone. Peplowski wound up signing with Concord Records and recorded close to 20 albums as a leader. Having performed throughout the world’s stages, the litany of musicians Ken has collaborated with includes: Mel Torme, Leon Redbone, Charlie Byrd, Peggy Lee, George Shearing, Madonna,Hank Jones, Dave Frishberg, Rosemary Clooney, Tom Harrell, James Moody, Cedar Walton, Houston Person, Steve Allen Woody Allen, & Erich Kunzel.
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