Big Big Jazz Band & Barefoot Dance to Perform at Ware Center, 11/3
What happens when a big jazz band sound hits the stage with an improvisational dance troupe? Lota music, lotsa motion, lotsa costumes and fun...that's what. Bob Troxell's Big Big Jazz Band is combining talents with the new Barefoot Dance Company for a Sunday afternoon, November 3rd special presentation of improve music and dance at 3 PM at the Ware Center, 42 North Prince Street, Lancaster, PA.
Bob Troxell's Big Big Jazz Band was organized in 1968, to serve as the pit orchestra at a Lancaster politics-spoofing show written by Donald Goldstrom. Priscilla Kaufhold is the artistic director of Barefoot Dance Company, a new Dance Company. The two have intertwined their artistic talents to produce the collaborative performance entitled "String of Pearls". The name derives from the thought a necklace is made up of individual but harmonious gems. In this case, the pearls are the talented musicians and dancers on stage.
Since 1968, The Big Big Jazz Band has delighted audiences' young and old alike in the Central Pennsylvania region. Its purpose has been entertainment through the music that the talented guys and girls in the band love. And since it is a labor of love (no one gets paid), their proceeds make it possible to help many Lancaster area service organizations raise money through the band's appearances at fund raising events.
The Big Big Jazz Band have played for over 400 fund-raising benefit performances; concerts for community organizations, jazz worship services, funerals and other church-related occasions. It is estimated they have helped raise over three-quarters of a million dollars for local non-profits. Their musical library has well over 500 arrangements of tunes, both secular and some religious; many are reminiscent of the exciting sounds of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, the Dorsey Brother's Bands and other big bands of the forties and fifties.