The Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts (CCPA) pays Tribute to Benny Goodman at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, March 12, 3:00 PM. Tickets, which start at $40, are available at the CCPA Ticket Office and cerritoscenter.com or by calling (562) 467-8818.
In the early 1930s, America was swaying to a different beat as Swing music swept the dance scene. Distinguished primarily by a lively rhythm section and an upbeat tempo, the Swing genre attracted then-aspiring musicians such as Count Basie, Glenn Miller, and Benny Goodman, whose brilliant clarinet playing earned him the nickname “King of Swing.”
Grammy winner Goodman was at the height of his career in 1938 when he and his band performed to a sold-out crowd at Carnegie Hall and redefined popular music. Music critics and historians have credited that performance with introducing Jazz to mainstream America. A re-creation of that iconic concert, TRIBUTE TO BENNY GOODMAN AT CARNEGIE HALL features Big Band, Swing, and Jazz hits (including One O’ Clock Jump, Don’t Be That Way, and I Got Rhythm). The lineup includes bandleader Terry Myers, vocalist Nancy Osborne (And the Angels Sing), Peter Marshall, and the timeless vocal group The Ink Spots (If I Didn’t Care, We Three, and The Gypsy).
Terry Myers began playing the saxophone at age 10 and was quickly drawn to Jazz and Dixieland bands as a teen. Myers – who has played with Ray Charles, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, and The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra – has performed throughout the United States and in Switzerland, Holland, England, and Ireland. In 1990, he founded The Terry Myers Orchestra, which released the Soul Mates album and the live recording It’s About Time.
At age 17, Jazz entertainer Nancy Osborne got her start with the Young Americans, then toured nationwide in such shows as Lil Abner, Cabaret, Gypsy, and My Fair Lady. She recently produced her own 17-piece Big Band album, Hot Swing, Cool Jazz. Osborne also sings with the Chordettes, doing popular ’50s shows with groups such as the Crewcuts, the Four Preps, the Four Lads, and the Four Aces.
Big Band vocalist Peter Marshall Since his days as a band singer at age 15, Peter Marshall has tackled nearly every facet of entertainment: stage, screen, television, radio, and music. Best known as the host of the five-time Emmy-winning game show Hollywood Squares, Marshall also appeared on The Love Boat, WKRP in Cincinnati, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. He was in the stage productions of Bye-Bye-Birdie and Broadway’s Skyscraper, 42nd Street, and La Cage Aux Folles.
Vocal Group Hall of Famer The Ink Spots ruled the music charts with If I Didn’t Care, a single that showered the band with global recognition. With its other hits – Address Unknown, We Three (My Echo, My Shadow, and Me), I’ll Never Smile Again, and I’ll Get By – the ensemble maintained its popularity on the airwaves and music charts. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999.
For tickets or more information on the performance, call (562) 467-8818 or go to cerritoscenter.com.
This article was released by the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts.