BENNY GOODMAN REINVENTED Concert Comes to Blue Note, 1/15-20
On January 16, 1938, the Benny Goodman Orchestra set a new precedent for jazz performances by performing at Carnegie Hall. Up until then, jazz was traditionally heard in clubs. Furthermore, the concert broke new ground for racial equality by being one of the first such presentations in a "highbrow" concert hall to feature a racially integrated band. From January 15th to January 20th, the Blue Note will bring the world of jazz orchestras back to the club with the music of Benny Goodman's immortal Carnegie Hall Concert.
The concert at Carnegie Hall included such notable pieces as "Sing Sing Sing" (with Jess Stacy's incredible unplanned piano solo at the end) and the "Honeysuckle Rose" jam session that featured many Count Basie and Duke Ellington alumni setting 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.
75 years later, under the direction of Ken Peplowski, the show will be resurrected with an all-star lineup that includes Lew Tabackin (tenor sax,) Ehud Ashaire (piano,) Clifton Anderson(trombone,) Terrell Stafford (trumpet,) Willie Jones III (drums,) Linda Oh/Martin Wind (bass,)Yotam (guitar,) and Monte Croft (vibes.) Ken Peplowski, a former member of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, was hired to play tenor saxophone when Benny Goodman came out of retirement in 1984. He went on to record close to 20 albums as a leader. The late Mel Tormé once 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."
When: Tuesday - Sunday, January 15 - 20, 8:00pm and 10:30pm
Where: The Blue Note, 131 West 3rd Street, New York, NY 10012
Club Policies: Doors open at 6pm nightly. Reservations highly recommended - available online or by calling the club at (212) 475-8592. Reservations held no later than 30 minutes prior to showtime. Seating is first come, first served. We DO seat incomplete parties. American Express Preferred Seating available at www.bluenotejazz.com. Full dinner menu available and full bar with all premier liquors, domestic, and international beer available nightly. There is a $5 food/drink minimum per person, per set. No reservations are accepted for the bar - it is only available at the door, the night of the show.