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Yale Concert Band & Yale Jazz Ensemble bring Cole Porter and Glenn Miller back to life

October 28, 2010

Cole Porter

The Yale Concert Band and Yale Jazz Ensemble, both directed by Thomas C. Duffy, will present “ Cole Porter and Glenn Miller Return to New Haven!” featuring New York cabaret artist Steve Ross on Friday, December 3, at 7:30 pm.

The first half of the program will offer a tribute to Cole Porter, who graduated from Yale College in 1913. Porter wrote the Yale University fight songs that are still performed today, as well as the innumerable great American song classics. This concert will include “Begin the Beguine,” “Night and Day,” “Can Can,” “Let’s Do It,” and more. The New Yorker called Steve Ross “the personification of the spirit of Cole Porter.”

The concert’s second half will recreate Glenn Miller‘s broadcasts from Yale. In 1943, Captain Glenn Miller and the Army Air Forces Technical Training Command Band – better known as the Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band – made six live broadcasts from Yale’s Woolsey Hall. Titled “I Sustain the Wings” (from the AAFTCC motto “Sustineo Alas”), these broadcasts were twenty-five minutes in length and included radio skits, musical selections performed by the larger AAF orchestra, and numbers with vocalists and the military version of Glenn Miller’s popular big band.

Glenn Miller

With Woolsey Hall’s stage dressed as it was in 1943 and members of the Yale Jazz Ensemble appearing in the roles of their counterparts from six decades ago, this retrospective is a re-enactment of portions of these broadcasts, complete with radio skits, vocalists, and a swinging big band. Included are the Miller classics “In the Mood,” “Moonlight Serenade,” “Little Brown Jug,” and more.

The Yale Bands have performed this acclaimed program numerous times throughout Connecticut and New York since its original inception in 1994 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the D-Day landing at Normandy. While stationed at Yale, Glenn Miller and his military big band touched all of New Haven and, indeed, the country with their performances. This re-enactment has won rave reviews from the public and journalists alike, with audience members describing the experience as “transporting, uplifting, riveting, a special gift.” Fourteen years and numerous performances later, the show is just as powerful and relevant.Cole Porter and Glenn Miller Return to New Haven!”

featuring New York cabaret artist Steve Ross
Friday, December 3 at 7:30 pm
Woolsey Hall (corner College and Grove Streets, New Haven, CT)
Tickets: $25, 19, 15 ($10 students) at the Yale School of Music Box Office, 470 College St., New Haven, 203-432-4158, or online
» www.yale.edu/yaleband


A little know young arranger was at the heart of the Glen Miller orchestra who has finally been credited with the “original Glen Miller” sound, he has only recieved the comendation from a long running radio show featuring all the big bands of that era, by a Mr. Chuck Cecil and his show “The Swing’n Years, the young man in question was William”Bill” Finegan who became one of the greatest jazz writers and arrangers, who also co-wrote and arranged all the music for the three “Miller” movies, also was included in the cast of these movies amd wrote and arranged for Broadway musicals, TV commercials and more numerous bands and orchestras than I could name, also headlining his own band of the early 1950’s eith his best friend and long time arranger for ‘BennyGoodman”—Mr. Eddie Sauter, there best selling hit during their tenure was The Doodle Town Phfiefers, I remember hearing it on the radio as a kid. I was lucky enough to study voice with his wife Rose Finegan (whom he met while working on Broadway) for about 3+years.
in the late 1970’s.Bill was as earthly as a regular person, I know he’s still writing for the big bands—forever. His son “Jamie” follows in “Dad’s” footsteps today….as a writer, arranger, teacher in Monroe,Ct…..

May 4th, 2016 | Carl Ferrigno