Swing is the Thing

Swing is the Thing

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SAT, OCT 20, 2018, 7:30 PM
SUN, OCT 21, 2018, 2:00 PM

Arlene Schnitzer Hall
1037 SW Broadway
Portland OR 97205

Swing is the Thing

Jump ‘n’ jive from the 1940s right into the jukebox tunes of the ‘50s and ‘60s with hits like “Tuxedo Junction,” “Great Balls of Fire,” and “Rock Around the Clock.” Dancers, vocalists, and clarinet sensation Dave Bennett join in the fun. Pops Concert

Jeff Tyzik, conductor
Dave Bennett, clarinet and vocals
Julie Jo Hughes, vocals
Stephen Sayer, Chandrae Roettig, Evita Arce, and Michael Jagger, dancers

A multi-instrument phenomenon, Dave Bennett is a clarinet virtuoso who plays electric guitar, piano, drums and vocalizes. He is the only artist anywhere saluting The Roots of Pop: covering music from the Swing Era to early Rockabilly and Country, to Elvis Presley, the Beatles and more.

Entirely self-taught, Dave began at age 10 on clarinet listening to and quickly playing along with Benny Goodman records. At 12 he was invited by legendary jazz trumpeter Doc Cheatham to the bandstand of New York’s famous Sweet Basil jazz club. By 14 he was out frequently touring around the USA with Michigan’s New Reformation Dixieland Band. Later self-taught instruments were the electric guitar and “boogie-woogie” style piano.

Dave is a blazing clarinet sensation playing the “swing style” of Benny Goodman. Leading his Tribute to Benny Goodman, Dave has been a featured soloist at Carnegie Hall with The New York Pops (2013) and has played the program with 50 other US and Canadian orchestras including Nashville, Detroit, Rochester, Omaha, Toronto, Vancouver, Orlando, San Antonio, Jacksonville, Houston, Portland, OR and Portland, ME. Seventy-five performing arts centers across the USA have featured Dave’s performances.

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