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Big sounds for good causes

The 42nd Street Orchestra plays tributes to Duke Ellington and Count Basie, among others, on Saturday at Curtis Peterson Auditorium.

By JORGE SANCHEZ

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 23, 2001


Big band and swing music fans can enjoy the sounds of the 42nd Street Orchestra at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday at Curtis Peterson Auditorium, Lecanto.

The band performs musical tributes to Frank Sinatra, Benny Goodman and Ella Fitzgerald. Selections also include arrangements by swing composers Duke Ellington and Count Basie.

The concert is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Homosassa Springs. The event raises money for local Kiwanis projects.

The 42nd Street Orchestra is one of the longest-running swing bands currently performing. Featured musicians include bassist John Lamb, who thrills audiences with walking bass solos, and drummer Eddie "Wildman" Graham, who traditionally performs an energetic solo during Ellington'sCaravan.

Special guest singer Laura Yager will also perform with the orchestra. Yager has appeared many times on network television on the Tonight Show, the Merv Griffin Show and many musical specials. Also appearing as guest vocalist will be Lotarr.

Among the Kiwanis projects that receive money from the proceeds of the concert are: the Boys and Girls Clubs of Citrus County and Reading is Fundamental. The Kiwanis also donate to scouting and girls softball; various scholarships, including Key Club Scholarships at Citrus County high schools; and the Key Training Center and Crest school.

Advance tickets are $12 at SunTrust, Regions and Bank of America bank offices throughout Citrus. Group rates for 20 or more. Call 382-1700 or 382-4072 for group ticket sales.

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