Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Concerts on the Common: Westwood Swing Band

The Cultural Festival may be over but cultural events occur all the time in Franklin. For example, the regular series of "Concerts on the Common" closes out the season with a children's program and a swing band on Wednesday, Aug 12, 2015.

  • Storyteller Elaine Kessler (children’s program 6-6:30 PM) 
  • Westwood Swing Band (6:30-8:30 PM)
Westwood Swing Band
Westwood Swing Band
From the Westwood Swing Band webpage:
"The Westwood Swing Band exemplifies the hard-driving sounds of big bands of the swing era. Its 16 instrumentalists and female vocalist perform from the repertoires of such noteworthy artists as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Glenn Miller, and Artie Shaw. The band’s members, many of whom are professional or semi-professional musicians, are capable of offering up solo’s and ensemble play that reflect both virtuosity and feeling. 
The roots of the band began in the mid-1980’s, when Mark Rogers assembled a few musicians interested in playing jazz together. Initially this was a seven-piece combo with ever-changing membership. In 1992 the band solidified into an ongoing enterprise under the "Westwood Swing Band" banner, as Mark, its director, had in the meantime moved to the town of Westwood, Mass. Six of today’s band’s members have played with the band for 20 years or more without interruption. The band still rehearses weekly in the town of Westwood."

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