Sunday, December 11, 2011

The Frank Perowsky Big Band Xmas Show at Gillespie Auditorium, Tues. Dec. 13

You won't want to miss Woody Herman alumnus Frank Perowsky and his Big Band Xmas Show (including jazz legends Jerry Dodgion, Sam Burtis and Jack Walrath) when they return to Jazz Tuesdays at the New York City Bahá'í Center on Tuesday, December 13. There will be 2 shows at 8:00 and 9:30 pm. Call 212-222-5159 for information and reservations.

What a band! -- vocalists Daralyn Jay and Jim Mola; David DeMotta, piano; Jon Burr, bass; Ben Perowsky, drums; Dave Stryker, guitar; Trumpets: Seneca Black, Jack Walrath (yes, the long time Mingus' collaborator), Steve Smyth, Waldron Ricks; Trombones: Sam Burtis (the man who played memorable solos on Deodato's "Amani" and "Havana Strut"), Mike Fahn, Art Baron, Joe Randazzo; Saxes: Jerry Dodgion (the alto sax giant on Jobim's "Girl from Ipanema" from the legendary "Tide" album), Seth Carper, Rob Scheps, Tim Armacost, Max Schweiger.

Upon graduation from Juilliard in 1958, Frank Perowsky began his professional career in New York City touring with the big bands of Lee Castle, Woody Herman, Les and Larry Elgart, Tito Rodriguez, Johnny Richards, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, and Bill Watrous. He began writing big band arrangements in 1968 and an early arrangement, “Bouncin’ with Bud” was recorded by Buddy Rich for the “Class of ‘78” album.

Frank has performed on stage with many great artists such as Peggy Lee, Nancy Wilson, Bobby Darin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Mel Torme, Billy Eckstine, and Liza Minnelli. Since 1998 he has been a soloist in Mike Longo’s New York State of the Art Jazz Ensemble which has recorded 3 CDs. One of them, “Oasis” (2004), includes Frank’s original song “Song of my Dream - Tribute to Duke”.

Admission is 15.00, $10.00 for students.
Tickets will be sold at the door, or call 212-222-5159 for reservations and information.

Jazz Tuesdays
in the John Birks Gillespie Auditorium
The New York Baha'i Center
53 East 11th Street (between University Place & Broadway)
Two shows: 8:00 and 9:30 p.m.

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