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Glenn Miller Orchestra

Doors: 2:00pm
Show: 3:00pm
Runtime: 120min, with intermission
Premium seating is available.
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The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra:

“A band ought to have a sound all of its own. It ought to have a personality.” – Glenn Miller

Alton Glenn Miller was born in Clarinda, Iowa on March 1, 1904. But it was in North Platte, Nebraska, several years later that Glenn actually got his musical start when, one day, his father brought home a mandolin. Glenn promptly traded it for an old battered horn, which he practiced every chance he got. In fact his mother worried, “It got to where Pop and I used to wonder if he’d ever amount to anything.”

In 1923, Miller entered the University of Colorado, although he spent more time traveling to auditions and playing where and whenever he could. After flunking three of his five courses one semester, Glenn dropped out to concentrate on his career as a professional musician.

He toured with several orchestras and ended up in Los Angeles where he landed a spot in Ben Pollack’s group, a band that included a guy named Benny Goodman. Here, Miller also got the chance to write some arrangements. Arriving in New York City, he soon sent for, and married his college sweetheart, Helen Burger in 1928, and for the next three years, earned his living as a free-lance trombonist and arranger.

Miller played and recorded with the likes of Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey (who on several of their records, featured an up-and-coming singer by the name of Bing Crosby), Gene Krupa, Eddie Condon and Coleman Hawkins. In addition, during that time, Glenn cut 18 sides for Goodman, and also worked for radio studio conductors like Victor Young, Carl Fenton and Jacques Renard. In 1934, Miller became the musical director of the Dorsey Band, and later went on to organize The Ray Noble Orchestra, which included such players as Charlie Spivak, Peewee Erwin, Bud Freeman, Johnny Mince, George Van Eps and Delmar Kaplan, among others.

In April 1935, Glenn Miller recorded, for the first time, under his own name. Using six horns, a rhythm section and a string quartet, he recorded “Moonlight on the Ganges” and “A Blues Serenade” for Columbia. But selling only a few hundred records, he continued his position with the Noble Orchestra.

In 1937, Glenn Miller stepped out to form his own band. There were a few recordings — one for Decca and one for Brunswick — a couple of week-long stints in New Orleans and Dallas, and many one-nighters, but it was not to be. Though the group would play one more date several days later in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Glenn gave his men their final notice on New Year’s Eve at the Valencia Ballroom in York, Pennsylvania. Broke, depressed and having no idea what he was going to do, he returned to New York City.

It is said that Miller could never remember precisely the moment he decided to emphasize his new reed section sound. But it was during this disheartening interim, that he realized the unique sound — produced by the clarinet holding the melodic line while the tenor sax plays the same note, and supported harmonically by three other saxophones — just might be the individual and easily recognizable style that would set his band apart from all the rest.

Formed in March 1938, the second Glenn Miller Orchestra — which would later include the likes of Tex Beneke, Marion Hutton, Ray Eberle, Paul Tanner, Johnny Best, Hal McIntyre, and Al Klinck — soon began breaking attendance records all up and down the East Coast. At the New York State Fair in Syracuse it attracted the largest dancing crowd in the city’s history. The next night it topped Guy Lombardo’s all-time record at the Hershey Park Ballroom in Pennsylvania. The Orchestra was invited by ASCAP to perform at Carnegie Hall with three of the greatest bands ever — Paul Whiteman, Fred Waring and Benny Goodman — and created more of a stir than any of them.

There were record-breaking recordings, as well, such as “Tuxedo Junction”, which sold 115,000 copies in the first week. “In the Mood”, and “Pennsylvania 6-5000?, all appearing on the RCA Victor Bluebird label. In early 1940, Down Beat Magazine announced that Miller had topped all other bands in its Sweet Band Poll, and capping off this seemingly sudden rise to the top, there was, of course, Glenn Miller’s “Moonlight Serenade” radio series for Chesterfield cigarettes which aired three times a week over CBS. In 1941, it was off to Hollywood where the band worked on its first movie, “Sun Valley Serenade”, which introduced the song — and soon-to-be million selling record –”Chattanooga Choo Choo”, and featured the Modernaires and the Nicholas Brothers. Then came “Orchestra Wives”. But the war was starting to take its toll on many of the big bands as musicians, and the rest of country’s young men, began receiving draft notices.

On October 7, 1942, Alton Glenn Miller reported for induction into the Army and was immediately assigned to the Army Specialist Corps. His appointment as a Captain came after many months of convincing the military higher-ups that he could modernize the army band and ultimately improve the morale of the men. His training complete, he was transferred into the Army Air Corps, where he ultimately organized the Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band. Miller’s goal of entertaining the fighting troops took another year to be realized, but in late 1943 he and the band were shipped out to England.

There, in less than one year, the Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band engaged in over 800 performances. Of these, 500 were broadcasts heard by millions. There were more than 300 personal appearances including concerts and dances, with a gross attendance of over 600,000. But Glenn was not to participate in the final six months of these activities.

In the Fall of 1944, the band was scheduled to be sent on a six-week tour of Europe and would be stationed in Paris during that time. Miller decided to go ahead, in order to make the proper arrangements for the group’s arrival. And so, on December 15th, Glenn Miller boarded a transport plane to Paris, never to be seen again.

In his book “Glenn Miller & His Orchestra”, George Simon wrote this about the man. “His favorite author was Damon Runyon. His favorite book was the Bible. Spencer Tracy and Olivia de Havilland were his favorite movie actor and actress. His big loves were trout fishing, playing baseball, listening to good music, sleep and money. His pet hates were bad swing, early-morning telephone calls (he liked to sleep from 4 a.m. to noon), and the phrase ‘goodbye now’. His favorite quotation, one he stated, was not from the Bible, nor from Runyon, but from Duke Ellington: ‘It Don’t Mean a Thing If it Ain’t Got that Swing!’

(Artist) Website: The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra


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David Bromberg Big Band

Show: David Bromberg Big Band
Date: Sunday, January 30, 2022
Show Time: 8:00pm
(We apologize for any confusion with advertisements, but the show will start at 8:00pm- not 7:00pm.)
Doors: 6:30pm
Seating: 7:00pm
The Vaudeville Bar will open and begin serving at 6:30 PM.
The prices shown above do not include any ticketing or service fees.

Description:  The BIG ROAD of David Bromberg

With his 1971 self-titled Columbia Records release, David Bromberg emerged as the wunderkind of American roots music. The disc’s compelling blend of traditional and original material, virtuosic musicianship and iconic cover art trumpeted the arrival of a new artist possessed of audacious and uncompromising vision. Over the course of four albums for Columbia and five for Fantasy Records, and through associations with artists like Bob Dylan, Jerry Jeff Walker, John Hartford, George Harrison, the Grateful Dead, Emmylou Harris and Bonnie Raitt, Bromberg’s reputation, repertoire and following grew exponentially. However, the incessant demands of touring finally brought the band’s recordings and shows to an end in the early 1980’s. 

The twenty-two year drought ended in 2006 with the release of the Grammy-nominated solo effort Try Me One More Time. Gradually tour dates were added and bandmembers assembled as David, in 2011, followed up Try Me with Use Me, a typically unorthodox Brombergian effort, partnering him with some of the most celebrated names in music – Linda Ronstadt, Vince Gill, Los Lobos, Dr John, Keb’ Mo, John Hiatt, Levon Helm and others – whom David asked to either write or choose songs and then produce him doing them. 

Two more albums emerged from 2013 to 2017, Only Slightly Mad and The Blues the Whole Blues and Nothing But the Blues, both produced by three-time Grammy winner Larry Campbell. Recorded at Levon Helm’s Barn, Only Slightly Mad brought the band back to David’s eclectic ‘kitchen sink’ musical philosophy, while with The Whole Blues, David upheld Texas fiddler Johnny Gimbel’s claim that: “There are only two songs – the Star-Spangled Banner and the Blues.” The band skipped over the ‘Banner’ and headed straight for the blues, winning the 2017 Downbeat Critic’s Poll for Best Blues Album. 

Eventually David’s band settled into its current lineup of Mark Cosgrove (guitar, mandolin, vocals), Nate Grower (fiddle, mandolin, guitar, vocals), Josh Kanusky (drums, vocals) and newest member, Suavek Zaniesienko (bass, vocals). This nucleus has performed hundreds of shows together, traversing thousands of miles, across the US & Canada to Europe, Japan and Australia. With the group having attained a high level of musical telepathy, they entered the studio in mid 2019 for a slightly different approach to record making….

The new album, Big Road, will give Bromberg fans the most intimate portrait to date of David and the band, musically and visually. Featuring twelve new tracks, five hi def performance videos and a mini documentary detailing the album’s creation, it will be released in three formats: traditional CD, a gatefold vinyl album and a CD/DVD combo pack. In an age where recorded music has been devalued and relegated to a digital stream for smart phones, Big Road returns the listener to the golden age of record making, when enjoying an album was a tactile, visual and auditory experience.  Joining David’s core band are keyboardist extraordinaire Dan Walker on piano, organ and accordion, a stellar horn section of Bromberg regulars like Birch Johnson (trombone), Jon-Erik Kellso (trumpet), Matt Koza (tenor sax) and Bob Stewart (tuba) with Larry Campbell on mandolin and pedal steel. 

We think you’ll agree that traveling the David Bromberg Band’s Big Road is a trip work taking.

Artist Website: https://davidbromberg.net/

 


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Sinatra & the Pops

***This show was originally scheduled for July 11, 2020 at 7:00pm. If you have tickets for July 11, 2020, your tickets are still valid for July 17, 2021. If you have any questions, please call the box office at 856-327-6400 or email info@levoy.net.***

Lobby Doors: 6:00 PM
Seating:
6:00 PM
Runtime:
~ 90 minutes, intermission TBD
The Vaudeville Bar will open and begin serving at 6:00 PM.
The prices shown above do not include any ticketing or service fees.


The Jersey Shore Pops:

The Jersey Shore Pops (JSP) is a professional orchestra that performs classical and popular music concerts with international guest artists. JSP also educates adults, young people, and special populations throughout southern New Jersey in the beauty and power of classical music. Incorporated in the state of New Jersey in 2006 as Peacemaker Productions, JSP is a tax‑exempt 501 (c) (3) organization and adopted its current name in 2009.

Jersey Shore Pops is comprised of 25 New Jersey based professional musicians. The orchestra uniquely reaches out to the community by combining popular and classical music concerts to appeal to a larger demographic base. By attempting to reach out constantly to new audiences and younger audiences, Jersey Shore Pops exposes audiences to excellent music with a fantastic professional orchestra.

The Jersey Shore Pops is the orchestra‑in residence at The Middle Township Performing Arts Center located in Middle Township, New Jersey. The orchestra provides the county of Cape May with a Summer Concert Series and performs 8‑10 concerts each year in the county.

The Jersey Shore Pops, though an alliance with The Atlantic Youth Orchestra, is providing an opportunity for young musicians to perform in a professional environment. The JSP orchestra offers master class opportunities for students of the AYO throughout the year with their “SIDE BY SIDE” educational program. This program provides motivation for the students as well as preparing them for the rigors and demands of performing with a professional organization. They also offer music students free admission to all concerts to expose them to professional classical concerts.

The mission of The Jersey Shore Pops orchestra is to provide the community with quality classical and popular concerts at an affordable price. In addition, a major goal is to also provide an opportunity for local New Jersey musicians to perform at quality performing arts centers in South Jersey.

(Artist) Website: Jersey Shore Pops

Linda Gentille:

Linda Gentille, originally from Pacific Palisades California is a world renowned entertainer and conductor of The Jersey Shore Pops Orchestra in Cape May, New Jersey. As a major headline act, Gentille has performed in over 30 US states, and 20 countries. She began her career with The Liberace Show as a teenager and quickly developed her own touring show. She performed on numerous television shows and became known as an international piano superstar in China. Linda holds the world record for performing more concerts in China than any foreign artist.


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Big Band Wonderland – Christmas with the Stars

Lobby Doors: 7:00 PM
Seating:
7:00 PM
Runtime:
80min, plus intermission
Premium seating is available.
Premium prices include a $20 donation to the Theatre.
Merchandise
will be available for purchase.
The Vaudeville Bar
will open and begin serving at 7:00 PM.
The prices shown above do not include any ticketing or service fees.


Welcome to a Big Band Wonderland with the stars! Scroll to read more about the three incredible acts performing Live at The Levoy!

Bob Anderson:

 

“He does me really well, doesn’t he? He does everybody well, that’s his gift. His vocals, gestures and characteristics of the artist are absolutely accurate.” – Tony Bennett

“You do me better than me.” – Dean Martin

“Kid, you have a hell of an act!” – Frank Sinatra

Voted #1 celebrity impersonator in the world by VH1 and People Magazine, Bob Anderson’s talent is unparalleled. Anderson has performed in more Las Vegas show rooms than just about anyone in the history of Las Vegas entertainment. When Las Vegas celebrated 50 years of entertainment, Bob Anderson was voted #12, between Barbra Streisand and Ray Charles, of Las Vegas all- time favorite acts. He has been voted “Best Entertainer” in Las Vegas six times and has been inducted into Casino Legends Hall of Fame and The Las Vegas Entertainer’s Hall of Fame.

Anderson wrote and starred in the award winning show, FRANK The Man The Music at The Palazzo Theater in Las Vegas, once home to the Sands Hotel and the infamous Copa Room. Within weeks of opening, FRANK became the talk of the town and the must-see show.

Media from around the world called the production the most authentic re-enactment of a Frank Sinatra concert ever performed on a live stage.

Night after night, Anderson received multiple standing ovations for his chilling performance as Ol’ Blue Eyes. He was awarded “Best Headliner for 2015”, “Best Live Performance for 2015 “ and FRANK The Man The Music garnered “Best Live Show for 2015.”

Haley Reinhart:

In 2011, Haley Reinhart took the country by storm with her debut on American Idol. Although she finished 3rd, she still gained everyone’s attention with her angelic voice. She performed on the finale with Tony Bennett (who LOVES Haley). Since, Haley has sold over a million records. Her single “I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You” is now certified platinum. Haley has also received over 100 million views on youtube with the band Post Modern Jukebox. Haley just finished a new album and a guest appearance on Jeff Goldblum’s new record. Last Thursday November 8th, Haley appeared with Jeff Goldblum on Jimmy Kimmel performing her highly anticipated new single “My Baby Just Cares For Me.”

Dave Damiani & The No Vacancy Orchestra:

Since 2014, Dave Damiani and the No Vacancy Orchestra have been a mainstay on XM 71 Siriusly Sinatra. He and his orchestras over 60 recordings have been acclaimed by such greats as Johnny Mandel, Frank Sinatra Enterprises, Dave Koz, Rick Caruso, CITI, American Airlines and Modern Luxury Magazine. Damiani guest starred on the hit CBS show VEGAS in 2014 with Michael Chiklis and Dennis Quaid. In 2015, the Sinatra family had Dave Damiani and his band host the Sinatra 100 concert at The Grove in Los Angeles with George Benson, Jane Monheit, Renee Olstead, Johnny Mandel and Landau Murphy Jr.

Since 2015, Damiani has released 3 full length albums and has appeared all over the country with his orchestra. He has written “Come Home To West Virginia” with Landau Murphy Jr, and has the official song of Atlantic City “It’s Pure AC.”


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Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Lobby Doors: 7:00 PM
Seating:
7:00 PM
Runtime:
 75-90min, plus opener
Opening Act:
Vanessa Collier
Premium seating is available.
Premium prices include a $20 donation to the Theatre.
Merchandise
will be available for purchase.
The Vaudeville Bar
will open and begin serving at 7:00 PM.
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Dirty Dozen Brass Band:

Celebrating over 40 years since their founding in 1977, New Orleans-based Dirty Dozen Brass Band has taken the traditional foundation of brass band music and incorporated it into a blend of genres including Bebop Jazz, Funk and R&B/Soul. This unique sound, described by the band as a ‘musical gumbo,’ has allowed the Dirty Dozen to tour across 5 continents and more than 30 countries, record 12 studio albums and collaborate with a range of artists from Modest Mouse to Widespread Panic to Norah Jones. Forty-plus years later, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band is a world famous music machine whose name is synonymous with genre-bending romps and high-octane performances.
(Artist) Website: Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Vanessa Collier:

Blues Music Magazine proclaims, “Vanessa Collier is a fresh face who comes to the blues stage carrying her reed instruments, a dual degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston, a major label debut, almost two years of touring with Joe Louis Walker, and a mature musical vision…Collier commands center stage with her vocals, soloing, and stage presence.” Midwest Record exclaims, “This bluesy singing sax player knows how to bring the slinking funk to her captivating, award winning sound that has echoes in young Bonnie Raitt/Maria Muldaur vocal sounds…Killer stuff on every level, this sounds like one of the reasons you first became a music fan. Killer stuff.” and AXS.Com declares that she “might as well go ahead and add another shelf to her trophy case because clearly, she’s going to need it. With a voice that often recalls that of blues-rock stalwart Bonnie Raitt, Collier turns up the heat…”

Opener website : Vanessa Collier


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The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra

Lobby Doors: 6:00 PM
Seating:
6:30 PM
Runtime:
120 minutes, including an intermission
(Artist) Website: The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra
Suitable for All Ages
Premium seating is available.
Premium prices include a $20 donation to the Theatre.
Merchandise
will be available for purchase.
Meet & Greet
will be post-show at the merchandise table.
The Vaudeville Bar
will open and begin serving at 6:00 PM.
The prices shown above do not include any ticketing or service fees.


The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra:

The most popular and sought after big band in the world today for both concert and swing dance engagements. With its unique jazz sound, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is considered to be one of the greatest bands of all time. The present Glenn Miller Orchestra was formed in 1956 and has been touring consistently since, playing an average of 300 live dates a year all around the world.


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Peacherine Ragtime Orchestra

Doors: 2:00 PM
Runtime: ~ TBD

 

The Peacherine Ragtime Orchestra:
Masters of Silent Comedy with the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra! The thrilling era of silent films comes alive again with the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra! The PRSO, “the premier American ragtime ensemble” as acclaimed by the Washington Post, takes you back to the early 1900s as they accompany two silent films starring Buster Keaton and Laurel and Hardy from the turn of the last century with their historic, authentic orchestral scores. Between the films, hear Peacherine play the rollicking rhythms of the early 20th century, featuring favorites by Scott Joplin, Irving Berlin, and more! Fun for the whole family!

 

Peacherine Silent Film 3Formed by young virtuoso Andrew Greene at the University of Maryland in 2010, the PRSO recreates the syncopated stylings from a bygone era – ragtime, musical theater, dance selections, and silent film accompaniment – all performed off of the original turn-of-the-century orchestral scores. The ensemble is primarily composed of young musicians, age 35 and below, and has been widely praised for their work preserving and performing America’s musical past. Peacherine has appeared at leading venues including The Kennedy Center, The Library of Congress, The American Film Institute, state-of-the-art performing arts centers, historic theaters, colleges, universities, and concert associations.

 

Frequently PRSO’s work has been featured in documentaries, online video, and is heard on radio and podcast programs across the United States, including Hot Jazz Saturday Night (WAMU 88.5, Washington DC), Ragtime America (KGNU 88.5, Boulder, CO), and Rapidly Rotating Records (KISL 88.7, Catalina Island, CA). The PRSO records for Rivermont Records, whose three albums, Elite Syncopations, Step With Pep and That Teasin’ Rag have been called “first class”, “wonderful, toe tapping fun”, and “the most satisfying ragtime orchestra collections available.”

 


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The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra

Lobby Doors: 6:00 PM
Seating: 6:30 PM
Runtime: ~ 120 minutes including a 20 minute intermission
Premium seating is available. Premium prices include a $20 donation to the Theatre.
The prices shown above do not include any ticketing or service fees.
The Vaudeville Bar will be open and begin serving at: 6:00 PM

The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra:
The most popular and sought after big band in the world today for both concert and swing dance engagements. With its unique jazz sound, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is considered to be one of the greatest bands of all time. The present Glenn Miller Orchestra was formed in 1956 and has been touring consistently since, playing an average of 300 live dates a year all around the world.

“A band ought to have a sound all of its own. It ought to have a personality.” – Glenn Miller


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