So Let's Talk About… THE ILHC BATTLE OF THE BANDS

So Let's Talk About… THE ILHC BATTLE OF THE BANDS

When you get your tickets for ILHC this year, you definitely don't want to miss the night of Monday, December 2nd. First off, it's Norma's 100th birthday. Second of all, ILHC is going to take you back to the Savoy.

 For one thing, they're going to do a little decorating and rearranging of some things to create the proper atmosphere. Then, to give Norma a present worthy of the Queen of Swing, they're going to host a Battle of the Bands in the true Savoy style --- with the Jonathan Stout Orchestra slinging Benny Goodman's hard driving swing, and the Michael Gamble Orchestra stomping out the music of Chick Webb.

They'll even have legendary jazz singer Melba Joyce to provide the Ella Fitzgerald inspiration. You won't want to miss this. Joyce has sung for the Count Basie Orchestra, introduced an unprecedented half-female, half-male orchestra at Lincoln Center, and received a lifetime achievement award from the Black Women in Jazz and the Arts Association.

 Here's Melba singing "doodlin'":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfAXg6uFPQA  

 If you don't know, the Savoy was famous for their battle of the bands --- the Savoy's house band Chick Webb took on almost every swing band of the era, often coming out the victor.  They'd be side-by-side, the live music never stopping, one band starting immediately after the other. Though Chick had the bigger platform and home-team advantage, it didn't stop a lot of bands from giving them a run for their money.

 In 1937, the mainstream-labeled "King of Swing" Benny Goodman came to the kingdom of the original King of Swing, Chick Webb. It was one of the most famous nights in jazz history, and probably the most famous battle. Relive the power of two of the greatest big bands fighting it out in the world December 2, 2019.  The winner will be obvious: those who stayed for  Monday night at ILHC. 

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