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Sheldon Theatre Brass Band | Black, White & Blue with a Swing Chaser

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Black, White & Blue with a Swing Chaser

by Sheldon Theatre Brass Band

George Gershwin's masterpiece "Rhapsody in Blue" performed by pianist James Kurschner with brass band accompaniment, together with brass band performances of classics of the swing band literature and some new works destined to become classics!
Genre: Jazz: Piano Jazz
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1. I've Got You Under My Skin
3:52 album only
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2. Trumpet Blues and Cantabile
3:01 album only
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3. I'm Beginning to See the Light
2:57 album only
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4. Chelsea Bridge
3:06 album only
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5. John Henry
3:42 album only
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6. Mack the Knife
3:23 album only
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7. Polka Dots and Moonbeams
4:47 album only
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8. Strike Up the Band
3:04 album only
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9. Rhapsody in Blue
17:36 album only
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10. Gershwin Medley
3:54 album only
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11. Cats Tales: Catalonia
4:00 album only
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12. Cats Tales: Catwalk
2:41 album only
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13. Cats Tales: Scat!
3:38 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Harry James, Billy Strayhorn, Kurt Weill, and Jimmy van Heusen are some of the acknowledged giants of 20th century American popular music, and you'll find them all represented on this album by the Sheldon Theatre Brass Band of Red Wing, Minnesota. James Kurschner's masterful interpretation of the Gershwin classic, "Rhapsody in Blue," accompanied by the brass band, is the centerpeice of the collection and is ably complemented by Kurschner's encore: his own arrangment of a piano solo medley of Gershwin tunes. Glen Newton's swinging arrangement of the American folk song "John Henry" and a three-movement work by one of the giants of 21st-century brass banding, Peter Graham, round out the album.

James Kurschner, the featured piano soloist on "Rhapsody in Blue" has been the Music Director of the Sheldon Theatre Brass Band since 2002. He is a member of the music faculty at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minnesota, where he conducts the concert band and teaches various courses in instrumental music.

Our guest conductor for "Rhapsody in Blue" and Gershwin's "Strike Up the Band" is Dr. Michael Halstenson, conductor of the Lake Wobegon (R) Brass Band and director of the orchestra program at Anoka High School as well as the Northern Symphony Orchestra.

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