Music of Vaughn Monroe + Billy Eckstine by the NEC Jazz Orchestra directed by Ken Schaphorst
Vaughn Monroe came to the New England Conservatory in 1935 to pursue his dream of becoming an opera singer. Five years later years he formed his own big band in Boston and began recording a series of hits for RCA Victor. Although he only studied at NEC for one semester, Vaughn Monroe’s archives were donated to the school after his death. This will be the first concert featuring that donated music.
Another noted vocalist and brass player, Billy Eckstine, led one of the most influential big bands in the history of jazz, featuring such giants as Art Blakey, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, Fats Navarro, Charlie Parker and Sarah Vaughn. The NEC Jazz Orchestra will perform Eckstine’s hits, including “I Want to Talk About You” and “Jelly, Jelly,” as well as the early bebop classics “Cool Breeze” and “Oo Bop Sh’bam.”
All concerts are free and open to the public. For more information, log on to: http://necmusic.edu/jazz or call 617-585-1260.