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A suitably memorable finale to the 40th anniversary festival, the Benny Goodman Carnegie Hall concert of 1938 is widely regarded as the finest jazz spectacle ever. It was thanks to Benny in general, and this concert in particular, that jazz was elevated from the dance halls, clubs and dives to the concert platform.
The repertoire is as refreshing today as it was in 1938, and Pete Long and the All-Star Goodmen Orchestra bring it to life with their outstanding musicianship. In keeping with the original concert, Pete uses Benny Goodman’s favoured ensemble of clarinet, reeds and drummer, with Petworth favourite Richard Pite playing an exact replica of Gene Krupa’s drum kit and using Gene’s actual cymbals and brushes. The entire repertoire from the 1938 concert is featured, including Don’t Be That Way, Sing Sing Sing, I Got Rhythm, If Dreams Come True and Springtime in the Rockies.
The charismatic and ever-entertaining Pete Long leads this recreation of a landmark concert from the front, anecdotes and all...
Generously sponsored by UBS
Pete Long, All-Star Goodmen Orchestra, Benny Goodman (photo: Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra)