“Birdland” was originally introduced on the 1977 Weather Report album “Heavy Weather.” The song, a three Grammy Award winner and jazz standard, was a tribute to Charlie “Bird” Parker and the Birdland jazz club in NYC. Composed by jazz fusion pioneer Joe Zawinul, the composition has been featured in hit albums by Buddy Rich, Quincy Jones, the Maynard Ferguson Big Band, and the Manhattan Transfer.
“It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got that Sing, Sing, Sing” is a compilation piece merging Duke Ellington’s 1931 chart “It Don’t Mean a Thing (if it Ain’t Got that Swing)” with Louis Prima’s 1936 “Sing, Sing, Sing.” Demonstrating its jazz standard status, “It Don’t Mean a Thing”, with lyrics by Irving Mills, has been recorded by a lengthy list of jazz greats including Thelonious Monk, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Tony Bennett and was even recorded by Alvin and the Chipmunks. Today “Sing, Sing, Sing” is most associated with Benny Goodman’s 1938 Carnegie Hall concert, which featured Gene Krupa on drums, Harry James on trumpet, and Benny Goodman on clarinet, and Jess Stacy on piano. More recently ‘Sing, Sing, Sing’ was featured in the soundtrack to the 2011 video game ‘L.A. Noire”
Malaguena – was originally the sixth movement of Suite Andalucia by Cuban composer and pianist Ernesto Lecuona. Written around 1927, the piece evokes various Spanish sounds and themes. Malaguena has been featured in various forms popular music including Stan Kenton’s jazz orchestra, guitarist Roy Clark, a rock version by Bill Haley & the Comets, and even thrash metal band Tourniquet
Family and friends will have a chance to preview the 2011 Field Show during the public rehearsal on the final day of Band Camp, on Thursday, August 18th at 3pm at LHS.