Orchestra tootles its way into town

September 22, 2012 by  

This group at the backbone of today’s ‘Big Band’ era is gearing up for an event tomorrow which is taking place under the direction of trumpet player Fred Radke.

As the Harry James Orchestra comes into Longview, guests will hear tunes such as ‘Two O’Clock Jump’, ‘I Don’t Want to Walk Without You’, and ‘You Make Me Love You’. When listening, guest are encouraged to close their eyes and hear the musical of Harry James float back to them. The audience is likely to find itself humming along.

Harry James, born in Albany in 1916, learned to play the trumpet through his father who was a circus bandleader. Later in life, he pursued a professional music career and won a state high-school competition. After winning, he performed with a number of dance bands and played for many years with Benny Goodman’s band, before he left to create his own band with a then unknown Frank Sinatra on vocals. Throughout the golden era of the ‘Big Bands’, he recorded many hit sons and his band launched many careers in the pop music scene. James was the husband of famous film actress Betty Gable, who he married in 1943.

Poster printing, brochure printing, and flyer printing may have been the method of choice for promoting this prestigious musical event. This performance is happening tomorrow, September 23, at 3:00 pm at the Columbia Theatre Association for the Performing Arts in Longview, Washington. For ticket prices and information, please visit the Columbia Theatre website.