Nostalgic “Moonlight” Brings Back the Big Band Era

September 5, 2014
The Big Band music of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Count Basie, Harry James, and many others will come to life again when the Baylor University Jazz Ensemble presents the eighth-annual “A Moonlight Serenade.” This exhilarating swing concert, on Saturday, September 13, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Concert Hall, is a re-creation of what folks in the 1940s heard on radios, in nightclubs, on 78-rpm records, and from the hotel ballrooms of their day.
The 19-member Jazz Ensemble is led by Alex Parker, Senior Lecturer in Jazz Studies. Faculty artists who will be performing on the program are Michael Jacobson (saxophone), Mark Schubert (trumpet), Kent Eshelman (piano), Brent Phillips (trombone), Horace Maxile (piano), and Edward Taylor (drums).
Music will include Glenn Miller’s “American Patrol,” “Little Brown Jug,” “Song of the Volga Boatman,” and “Moonlight Serenade,” Woody Herman’s “Stompin’ at the Savoy” and “Blues on Parade,” Tommy Dorsey’s “Swanee River,” Benny Goodman’s “Down by the Old Mill Stream,” “Air Mail Special,” “Don’t Be That Way,” and “South of the Border,” Duke Ellington’s “Royal Garden Blues,” “Cottontail,” and “Do Nothin’ ’Til You Hear from Me,” Count Basie’s “Sunset Glow,” Clyde McCoy’s “Sugar Blues,” and Buddy Rich’s “Big Swing Face.” The student vocalist in “Don’t Be That Way” will be Jenna Davies, a sophomore from Aurora, Illinois.
General admission tickets for the swing concert are available for $5 at the School of Music box office, located in the lobby of the Glennis McCrary Music Building. (Tickets are free for anyone who is 65 years of age or older.) For online ticket purchases, visit the School of Music website at and click on “Concert Information.” For additional ticket information, call the box office at 254-710-3571.

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