The Freedom Park
Bandshell in the Town of LaGrange will be the venue for a swinging "Ella and Frank, Big Band Style"
show presented by The Big Band Sound
25-piece jazz orchestra to benefit the Sparrow's
Nest local charity. Performances are Friday, June 3rd at 6 p.m. and
Saturday, June 4th at 6 p.m. and the suggested donation is $20 per person. Click here for
donation "tickets" and more information. "Ella and Frank, Big Band Style" will feature The Big Band Sound 25-piece jazz orchestra,
including six vocalists, emcee, and swing dance performers, in a show spotlighting the
music of Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, and their friends. Ella and Frank
collectively recorded more than three thousand different songs during their
careers, which spanned the Golden Age of Popular Music. They started off
singing with big bands during the swing era, Ella with Chick Webb and Frank
with Tommy Dorsey, and then went on to spectacular solo careers where they were
often backed by the big bands of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and others. "Ella
and Frank, Big Band Style" will highlight the best of those songs: the
songs at the core of the Great American Songbook that they and their friends
brought into our lives, all in the most exciting setting of a live big band.
Songs made famous by Ella Fitzgerald that will be performed include
"A Tisket, A Tasket" from her early big band years and arrangements
of "Sweet Georgia Brown" and "Mack the Knife" from her
later solo tours. Standards popularized by Frank Sinatra will include
"Saturday Night is the Loneliest Night of the Week" from his early big
band career and arrangements of "Love is the Tender Trap" and
"You Make Me Feel So Young" from his later years. Other classics that
will be performed include "Don't Get Around Much Anymore", "I
Only Have Eyes for You", "Stormy Weather", "I Got
Rhythm", and many more. Just as Ella and Frank did when they appeared
together in concert on Broadway, the finale of the show will be "The Lady
is a Tramp".
Although tickets won't be required for entry, the
suggested donation is $20 per person, which can be made in advance by clicking here, or at a performance. Proceeds from this show will benefit
the Sparrow's Nest local charity. Sparrow's Nest of the Hudson Valley
provides meals to the families of caregivers and children diagnosed with cancer.
More information about Sparrow's Nest
can be found at sparrowsnestcharity.org. The
Big Band Sound has performed throughout the Hudson
Valley for over 40 years and this "Ella and Frank" show is the
ninth in a series of “Big Band Style” shows that we've presented. Over the past five shows, more than thirty-five thousand dollars
has been raised for Sparrow's Nest of
the Hudson Valley. In 2020, The Big Band Sound was recognized by the
Dutchess County Executive's Arts Awards with their Special Citation.
This year's show will be performed outdoors at Freedom Park Bandshell
in the Town of LaGrange Poughkeepsie. The park is located at 212
Skidmore Rd. in LaGrangeville. Click here to get directions. Handicapped
access is available. If it should rain, the performance will take place under the cover of the large picnic pavilion adjacent to the bandshell. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets!
Wednesday, June 29th, 2022 - Outdoor Concert at Vanderbilt Mansion The Town of Hyde Park's annual "Music in the Parks" concert series will include (for the 20th time!) a concert by The Big Band Sound this evening at 7 p.m. and their concerts are returning to the Vanderbilt Mansion! The spacious grounds of this grand mansion are the perfect place for picnicking and listening to our beautiful jazz standards! Admission is free, so pack your lawn chairs and blankets. If it rains, this concert may be cancelled. Call (845) 229-8086 for more information. Directions: Vanderbilt Mansion is on the west side of Route 9 at the north end of the Village of Hyde Park.
Saturday, July 2nd, 2022 - Outdoor Concert in Millbrook As part of the summer concert series sponsored by the Millbrook Arts Group, The Big Band Sound will be performing for our 15th year at the Millbrook Community Bandshell this evening starting at 6 p.m. On the Saturday of the Fourth of July weekend, bring your picnicking paraphernalia to spread out on the beautiful lawn and enjoy our special celebration of America's original music: jazz! Directions: Taconic Parkway to Route 44 east, then stay straight on Route 82 and turn left at the light onto North Ave. Follow the road as it turns right and becomes Franklin Ave. After 4 blocks, the bandshell is on is on the left, just past the Thorne Building at 3323 Franklin Ave. Click here for more directions. If it rains, the concert may be cancelled. Check the Millbrook Arts Club Facebook Page for information if the weather is in doubt.
Saturday, August 13th, 2022 - Outdoor Concert, Wappingers Falls
TheStony Kill Farm Foundationwill
be hosting a concert for the community
featuring The Big Band Soundthis
evening starting at 5:30 p.m. on the lawn of the Visitor Center/Manor House. Stony
Kill is a historic working farm and the nonprofit Foundation hosts environmental conservation and sustainable
agriculture programs year-round. Pack your lawn chairs and picnic for this free
concert. If it rains, this concert will be held on Sunday, August 14th at the
same time. Directions: Stony Kill is on the west side of Route 9D 1.8 miles
north of Interstate 84. Turn in at the north entrance. Use "Farmstead Lane"
in your GPS. Click here for more directions.
Saturday, August 20th, 2022 - Outdoor Concert in Goshen For the 20th time, the Goshen Public Library will be hosting The Big Band Sound to bring you a concert of the best of the big bands from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. For the first time, this concert will be held on the lawn of the new Library (at 366 Main St.) Admission is Free, thanks to our sponsor Norton & Christensen! It'll be hosted by the Friends Of The Goshen Public Library & Historical Society. If it rains, this concert will be held on Sunday, August 21st at the same time. Call (845) 294-6606 for more information. Directions: I-84 across the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge to the exit for Route 747. Turn left and take Route 747 south to the light at the end of the road. Turn right onto Route 207/Little Britain Rd., follow it for 12.1 miles and the new Library will be on the left, at 366 Main St. Click here to get custom directions.
Saturday, August 27th, 2022 - Outdoor Concert, Washingtonville Washingtonville's Moffat Library and the Friends of Moffat Library
will be presenting The Big Band Sound in a concert at Vern Allen Park
starting at 5 p.m. this afternoon. Admission is Free, so bring your chairs and
blankets to this spacious park and enjoy the swinging jazz sounds of big band
classics. If it rains, this concert will be held the next day, Sunday, August 28th
at the same time. Directions: I-84 across the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge to Exit 32 for Route
747. Turn left and take Route 747 south to the light at the end of the road.
Turn right onto Route 207 (Little Britain Rd.). After 0.5 miles, turn left onto
Toleman Rd. After 2.8 miles, turn left onto Decker Dr. and the park is at the
end of that road at the intersection with Ahern Blvd. Use "1 Ahern
Blvd." in your GPS. Click here for more directions.
Saturday, September 10th, 2022 - Indoor Concert, Congers For the 19th time, a performance of The Big Band Sound will be hosted by the New City Library, but, due to construction at the Library, this will be the first time this concert will be held indoors in the auditorium of the nearby Clarkstown Learning Center starting at 2 p.m. Admission is Free. Call (845) 634-4997 for more information. Directions: From the Bear Mountain Bridge, take the Palisades Parkway south to Exit 11. Turn left onto New Hempstead Rd. Go 2 miles to the end of the road, turn right onto North Main St., then immediately turn left onto Congers Rd. Go 2.9 miles, turn right onto S. Grant Ave. and the Clarkstown Learning Center will be on the right. There are parking spots on the street. Click here for more directions.New City Library
Saturday, November 14th, 2020 - 1940s Dinner Dance in Patterson The Patterson Recreation Center will be the site this Veterans Day of a 1940s Swing Dance with dinner starting at 6 p.m. followed by three hours of dancing to The Big Band Sound! We'll be playing the original arrangements of all your Swing Era favorites. $40 for dinner, dancing and music or $20 for just dancing and music. Call (845) 878-7106 for reservations. Click here for more information. Directions: Take Route 55 east to Route 22 south. Drive 2.7 miles and turn right onto Route 311. After 0.7 miles, turn left onto Front St. After 4 blocks, the recreation center is on the right, just past the Patterson train station. Or, take Interstate 84 to the exit for Route 311. Take Route 311 north for 2.9 miles and turn right onto Front St. Click here to get custom directions.
Saturday, July 10th, 2021 - Outdoor Concert, Village of Wappingers Falls This year marks the 150th Anniversary of the Village of Wappingers Falls and their Sesquicentennial Celebration will include a concert by The Big Band Sound on this day at Veterans Park starting at 6:30 p.m. There will be food trucks and fireworks on the lake will follow the concert at 9 p.m.! Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy this free concert. If it rains, this concert (and the fireworks) will be held on Saturday, July 17th at the same time. Directions: Veterans Park is on North Mesier Avenue four blocks north of East Main Street (that's four blocks north of Mesier Park, in the center of the Village, where we've often performed). Use "39 N. Mesier Ave." in your GPS. Click here for more directions.
"Swingin' in the Holidays!, Big Band Style" will feature The Big Band Sound
25-piece jazz orchestra, including six vocalists and swing dance
performers, in a show spotlighting everyone's favorite Christmastime,
wintertime, and holiday time music, all in the most exciting setting of a
live big band. Songs will include Ella Fitzgerald's "What Are You Doing
New Year's Eve", Frank Sinatra's "Moonlight in Vermont" and "I've Got
My Love to Keep Me Warm", Eartha Kitt's "Santa Baby" as well as her
sequel "(This Year's) Santa Baby", Kay Starr's swinging arrangement of
"(Everybody's Waitin' for) The Man with the Bag", Lou Rawl's cool
version of "Merry Christmas Baby", Carol Lawrence and Robert Goulet's
duet of "The Christmas Waltz", Louis Armstrong's classic "Zat You Santa
Claus?", and Glenn Miller's take on "Jingle Bells". Also included will
be a jazzy version of the Hanukkah song "S'Vivon", many other favorites
like "Silent Night", "Let it Snow", and "White Christmas", plus a
General Admission is $20 and tickets can be purchased in advance by clicking here or at the door. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be
required to enter, and masks must be worn at all times inside. Proceeds from "Swingin' in the Holidays!, Big Band Style" will benefit the Sparrow's Nest local charity. The Big Band Sound
has performed throughout the Hudson Valley for over 40 years and this show is the eighth in a series of “Big Band
Style” shows that they have presented to great acclaim. Over the past
four shows, more than $30,000 has been raised for Sparrow's Nest of the Hudson Valley, which provides meals to the families of caregivers diagnosed with cancer. More information about Sparrow's Nest can be found at sparrowsnestcharity.org.