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Sunday, Oct 06, 2013 • Capitol Center Jazz Orchestra- Tribute to Benny Goodman & the 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert • 1:30 PM

The Capitol Center Jazz Orchestra
Clayton J. Poole, Music Director
Ms. Patty Barkas, vocals
Featuring Ken Peplowski, Clarinet Soloist
The 75th Anniversary Tribute to Benny Goodman and the
1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert

Hailed by the New York Times as “Goodman straight up with a twist of Lightning!”, NYC jazz clarinetist and Benny Goodman alumnus Ken Peplowski is featured with the highly acclaimed Capitol Center Jazz Orchestra to celebrate the 75th anniversary of  Benny Goodman’s  historical  1938 Jazz concert at New York City’s famed Carnegie Hall. This revolutionary performance claimed a new place for jazz on the American cultural scene and has come to be seen as the most important jazz concert in history. 

This incredible evening with today’s premier jazz clarinetist will feature numerous classics from Goodman’s historic 1938 performance, including “Don’t Be That Way”, “Memories of You” and, of course, the iconic “Sing, Sing, Sing”.

 The Capitol Center Jazz Orchestra

The Capitol Center Jazz Orchestra is a distinguished and select group of big band veterans comprised of alumni from such well known orchestras as Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, Artie Shaw, as well as the more recent Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band.  Orchestra members are from all over the United States.  They have collectively shared the stage with such stars as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, Jack Jones, Rosemary Clooney, Mel Torme’ and Joe Williams. Recently the Orchestra has been featured with The “Rat Pack”, The Four Freshmen, Delfeayo Marsalis, pianist Frederick Moyer,  trumpet great Byron Stripling and former Count Basie drummer Butch Miles. In 2013 they will be on tour celebrating the 75th Anniversary of “The Benny Goodman 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert” featuring guest artist Ken Peplowski.

KEN PEPLOWSKI, jazz clarinetist

 By the time Ken was in his early teens, he was experimenting with jazz, playing in the school “stage” bands, and also by jamming with many of the local jazz musicians. “By the time I hit high school, I was teaching at the local music store, playing in our family band, and playing jazz gigs around town while still getting up early every day for school.”

After a year of college, Ken joined the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra under the direction of Buddy Morrow. In 1980, Ken moved to New York City, and was soon playing in a variety of settings, from Dixieland to avant-garde jazz. “Everything’s a learning experience in jazz music - there’s always an element of the unpredictable.” In 1984, Benny Goodman came out of retirement and put together a new band, hiring Ken on tenor saxophone. Peplowski wound up signing with Concord Records, under the tutelage of Carl Jefferson, the founder and president, and recorded close to 20 albums as a leader.

“What’s in the future? “Who knows? I love all kinds of music, and I’d like to find more opportunities to bridge the gaps between different musical styles - I consider myself an interpreter of material - if something interests me, I try to put my own spin on it, without thinking or worrying about playing in any particular style. Basically, I like a challenge, I’m a sucker for a good melody, and I love playing for audiences, big or small.”

And he has certainly achieved these goals, be it in small clubs, the Hollywood Bowl,

headlining in Las Vegas, the Newport Jazz Festival, pops concerts, European festivals´ clubs, or at home in NYC doing everything from playing on the soundtracks to Woody Allen movies, to taking on the role of music director for interactive French and Italian cookbooks.

The litany of musicians Ken has collaborated with includes Mel Torme, Leon Redbone, Charlie Byrd, Peggy Lee, George Shearing, Madonna, Hank Jones, Dave Frishberg, Rosemary Clooney, Tom Harrell, James Moody, Cedar Walton, Houston Person, Steve Allen, Woody Allen, & Erich Kunzel

Patty Barkas, Vocal Stylist

For over a decade, Patty has performed, recorded and toured globally with an eclectic range of artists, including Ruth Pointer of The Pointer Sisters, Peter Wolf of the The J.Geils Band and Brad Delp of the band, Boston. Ms. Barkas is one of Boston’s premiere session singers, recording with major label artists on Sony-Epic, Polygram, Ryco-Disc, Sire and Reprise, as well as film soundtracks, TV features and commercials. She is a classically trained voice having performed under the batons of both Seiji Ozawa and Leonard Bernstein and she enjoys re-creating the classic vocal jazz interpretations of the swing era including such stylists as Ella Fitzgerald, Helen Forrest, and Billie Holiday.

Ticket Price: $50, $75