from the NEC archives
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Vaughn Monroe studied voice with Clarence B. Shirley at NEC for one semester in 1935, and his band charts and other materials reside in the NEC archives. Monroe formed his first orchestra in Boston in 1940, as bandleader and principal vocalist. He contined to have a base here as a nighclub owner, but his reach was much broader thanks to his role as a television host and performer, and his many hit recordings, most notably "Racing with the Moon," which leads off this concert.
Billy Eckstine went from principal vocalist in Earl Hines's big band, to leading his own band, to more work as a solo vocalist. He hired a who's who of up-and-coming jazz artists to work with his own band, and helped fellow vocalist Sarah Vaughan break into the spotlight. He notably broke a color barrier by becoming the first African-American singer to introduce new songs over network radio.
songs associated with Vaughn Monroe
Johnny Watson, Pauline Pope, Vaughn Monroe Racing with the Moon
with vocalist Sung Huh
Roc Hillman, Johnny Napton My Devotion
with vocalist Elise Roth
Watson Take It, Jackson
Bennie Benjamin, Sol Marcus, Eddie Seiler When the Lights Go On Again
with vocalist Gianna Barone
Jimmy McHugh, Frank Loesser Let’s Get Lost
with vocalist Sam Jones and background vocals by Gianna Barone, Rebekah Holand, Elise Roth, Liz Tobias
Stan Jones (Ghost) Riders in the Sky
with vocalist Joseph Copeland and background vocals by Zachary Crowle, Sung Huh, Sam Jones, Michael Mayo
Lewis Harris, John Jacob Loeb Majarajah of Magador
with vocalist Robert Pate
Sidney Keith Russell, Carl Sigman Ballerina
with vocalist Zachary Crowle and ballerina Elodi Schwendener
songs associated with Billy Eckstine
Tadd Dameron, Billy Eckstine, Dizzy Gillespie Cool Breeze
Dameron, Count Basie Good Bait
Earl Hines, Eckstine Jelly, Jelly
with vocalist Liz Tobias
Eckstine, arr. Dameron I Want to Talk About You
Eckstine, Jerry Valentine Blowing the Blues Away
with vocalist Michael Mayo
Dameron Our Delight
Gillespie, Gil Fuller Oop Bop Sh-Bam
NEC Jazz Orchestra
Ken Schaphorst, director
Richard Garcia, alto saxophone, flute, clarinet
Lihi Haruvi, alto and soprano saxophones, clarinet
Wyatt Palmer, tenor saxophone, clarinet
Jacob Sieckman, tenor saxophone, flute, clarinet
Austin Yancey, baritone and alto saxophones, clarinet, bass clarinet
Nikolaos Anadolis, piano
Xiongguan Zhang, guitar
Daniel Raney, bass
Carl Pillot, drums
Gianna Barone, Joseph Copeland, Zachary Crowle, Rebekah Holland, Sung Huh, Sam Jones, Michael Mayo, Robert Pate, Elise Roth, Liz Tobias
Elodi Schwendener, ballerina
Kelsey Blumenthal, Samantha Bennett, Zenas Hsu, Jeremías Sergiani Velázquez, Lisa Fujita, Maura Shawn Scanlin, Eva Aronian, Eunae Koh
Nelson Moneo, Kenneth Renshaw, Soyoung Choi, Alejandro Valdepeñas, Claire Bourg
Sergio Muñoz, Jinsun Hong, Xi Zhang, Alexandra Simpson
Jamie Clark, Marza Merophi Wilks, Daniel Parker, Jeremiah Barcus
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