Big Band of the Week – Hank Levy Legacy Band

This big band’s entire repertoire consists of compositions and/or arrangements by Hank Levy. In case you are not familiar with that name, here is a short synopsis. Levy was a Baltimore saxophonist who played briefly with the famous Stan Kenton Orchestra in 1953, then returned to Baltimore. | Read more>>

Big Band of the Week – Jerry Peterson & the Riverside Big Band

Seven years ago trumpeter Jerry Peterson took over the leadership of Emil Rusinko’s big band after the death of its former leader. Peterson had taught in Anne Arundel County schools, mainly Arundel Junior High, for forty years. He is currently 83 and also leads a brass quintet. | Read more>>

Big Band of the Week – The Goldenaires

The people we call senior citizens used to sometimes be known as golden agers; therefore, the name of this all-senior-citizen big band is The Goldenaires. The band is over thirty years old and based in Columbia. When reed man Al Caldwell began directing the band in 2010 they had mostly one-page charts, some with only a few lines of music. | Read more>>

Big Band of the Week – Dunbar Alumni Jazz Band

Charles Funn, director of the Dunbar Alumni Jazz Band (DAJB), does not remember when the band started, but he remembers how it started. Several alumni of Baltimore City’s Dunbar High School had gone off to colleges where the jazz big bands’ music was less satisfying than what they had played under Funn’s direction at Dunbar. | Read more>>

Big Band of the Week – The Don Arnold Big Band

Band leader Don Arnold possesses a wry sense of humor. When I mentioned the large number of big bands in the Baltimore area—thirty-three—he commented, “No wonder there’s no work.” Arnold, 91, remembers when big band work was plentiful around Baltimore, at the Surf Club on Route 40 and The Dutch Mill on Harford Road. | Read more>>