Series recalls 1938 show 'Jazz at Music Hall' will re-create Goodman's Carnegie Hall concert

January 15, 1998|By Mary Johnson | Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Chesapeake Music Hall resumes its "Jazz At The Music Hall" series at 8 p.m. Sunday with a re-creation of clarinetist Benny Goodman's famous January 1938 Carnegie Hall concert.

This first concert of the new year celebrates the first time jazz was played in the venerable hall in New York.

Drummer Brooks Tegler leads a 13-piece orchestra that will perform everything heard that evening, from the opening "Don't Be That Way" to the closing "Sing, Sing, Sing."

"Jazz At The Music Hall" is produced by jazz writer and broadcaster John Tegler, who will narrate the concert and tell how Goodman's orchestra was booked on a stage that had been considered too august for jazz musicians.

John Tegler is the host of "Jazz Straight Ahead" on WEAA-FM (88.9) in Baltimore on Wednesday nights; "Swingtime" on WCEL-AM (1460) in Easton on Sunday afternoons; and "Capital Conversation," a syndicated talk show heard on WCBM-AM (680) in Baltimore on Sunday nights.

Last year, he produced a tribute to Benny Goodman's trio, quartet and big band, and promised to return with a re-creation of the Carnegie Hall performance, the concert that is said to have legitimized jazz.

By request, floor space will be cleared on the stage for dancing. Drinks, snacks and desserts will be available.

The second concert in the series, a tribute to the Woody Herman Orchestra played by Don Junker and his Big Band, is scheduled for April 19. Organizers also are planning a tribute to Nat "King" Cole.

Chesapeake Music Hall is at 339 Busch's Frontage Road, off U.S. 50 west of the Bay Bridge, near Busch's Chesapeake Inn.

Admission is $20 in advance, $23 at the door.

Group rates are available for groups of 20 or more.

For information and reservations, call 410-626-7515 or 1-800-406-0306.

Pub Date: 1/15/98

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