Unforgettable Big Band
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Unforgettable Big Band

York, Pennsylvania, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2000 | SELF

York, Pennsylvania, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2000
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"The Big Band Sound is Alive and Well"

They say the Big Band Era is long gone, but that's because they haven't heard the latest CD from the Unforgettable Big Band, directed by Thomas McLaughlin and headquartered in York, Pennsylvania. Their CD, entitled American Feeling, digs deep into the big band playbook -- with one notable exception. The title track, written by Ilio Volante, an Italian classical music composer, was unfamiliar to me. Yet it managed to take on a jazzy feel that made it seem right at home in the company of standards like Blue Moon and Begin the Beguine.

The band's musicianship was most evident in the ensemble parts, with saxes, trombones and
trumpets consistently playing in unison as though they were a single voice. Solo work was, well, spotty. Some were well conceived, but on occasion, sidemen gave the impression that they weren't at all sure what notes they'd play next. There were occasional problems with intonation.

Vocal chores were very ably handled by James Scofield and Tonia Grubb. Both seemed equally at home with ballads and uptempo tunes. Either would have been right at home during the 1940s, singing along with the Dorsey or Goodman band.

All in all, American Feeling is an admirable piece of work. The CD offers a good mix of ballads and instrumentals. A minor criticism: I wish that the Goodman-Lee classic, Why don't you do right?, had been taken at a faster tempo. The slow pace meant that it lost some of the effect of the light-hearted lyrics. That's a small point, though. Overall, the CD was a winner. - David Miller, Host: "Swingin' Down The Lane" - National Public Radio


"The Unforgettable Big Band"

I'm always looking to find new and interesting ways to keep the Big Band spirit alive and to bring my world wide audience a fresh approach to Big Band music. Through Facebook, I was able to find an act that has lifted my show to a whole new level of excellence. The Unforgettable Big Band has captured the essence of what the bands of the past brought us and elevated it to a level of splendor that keeps us dancing in today's fast paced world. Pick up a copy of their CD American Feeling and bring a little bit of that same spirit home with you. - Steve Mendoza, Host: "The Big Band Brunch" - Dream Stream Radio


"Unforgettable: York County big band revives classic swing in first album"

Snappy dressers. Snappy dancers. Smooth, sultry singers.

The swing and big band era has left an indelible mark on American music and culture. The sound is, shall we say, unforgettable... (more) - The York Dispatch


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American Feeling (CD - 2013) - http://cdbaby.com/unforgettablebigband

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Unforgettable covers many of the great and lasting songs of the swing era, including arrangements by Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and more. We also have an assortment of outstanding big band arrangements of gospel standards that are suitable for a worship service, or a performance.

Unforgettable is a professional, community service-oriented group of musicians. It is our desire to give to the generations that have paved the way before us.

We endeavor to accommodate worthy fundraising events, as well.

Currently in our 16th season, Unforgettable was founded by Steve Spangler on July 25, 2000. The band is currently organized as a non-profit corporation, dedicated to continuing the American big band tradition.

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