In 1938 the country was deep in The Great Depression. Benny Goodman was one of the great band leaders of the day, leading one of the most popular orchestras of all time. Goodman’s publicist suggested that Benny (the acclaimed “King of Swing”) and his orchestra perform a concert at the world-renown Carnegie Hall. This would be the first Jazz concert played in the classical Hall. For weeks, Benny held rehearsals in the Hall to familiarize himself with the acoustics and stage. The announcement of this concert took New York City by storm, selling out 2,760 seats at the staggering price of $2.75 per ticket!
The January 1938 concert at Carnegie Hall was described by critic Bruce Eder as "the single most important jazz or popular music concert in history: jazz's 'coming out' party to the world of 'respectable' music." The concert started out with “Don’t Be That Way,” “Sometimes I’m Happy” and “One O’Clock Jump,” and finished with a roar to “Sing, Sing, Sing” sending this concert into the history books of American music.
Relive the excitement of that cold January night! Mr. Tegler’s narration enhances the concert experience by telling the story of how the concert came to be and what happened on that famous night. The anecdotes about the concert and the musicians make this a truly special experience for your audience.
The Brooks Tegler 16-Piece Orchestra
The Orchestra, noted for its superb tribute concerts to orchestras such as those of Duke Ellington, Harry James, Woody Herman, and Count Basie brings you a slice of history as your audience is invited to share the excitement of being present for a re-creation of the 1938 Carnegie Hall concert of Benny Goodman.
This remarkable concert is performed exactly as the original concert, including the famed trio and quartet numbers. The artistry of Joe Midiri and Brooks Teglar is particularly noteworthy on the legendary “Sing, Sing, Sing.” Just as Benny Goodman and Gene Krupa did on that cold night in January, 1938, Joe and Brooks bring down the house every time they recreate this number in tribute to Benny Goodman and the fabulous Carnegie Hall concert.