JAZZMEN KEEP BIG BAND BEAT.Byline: Bettie Rencoret Senior columnist
PALMDALE - Ray Sherman, John Sherman, John, 1823–1900, American statesman, b. Lancaster, Ohio; brother of William Tecumseh Sherman. He studied law, was admitted (1844) to the bar, and practiced law several years in Mansfield, Ohio, before he moved (1853) to Cleveland. ``Butch'' Smith, Pat Longo and Murray Ross are proof that ``real'' music, played and sung as it was 40 or 50 years ago, is still alive.
Sherman, a pianist from Lake Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. , and Smith, a clarinetist from Littlerock, returned a short time ago from a month-long European tour with the Dan Barrett Dan Barrett may refer to:
``Our reception was great, and the band was great,'' said Sherman, whose own composition ``Ray's Waltz'' is featured on the recording. ``We played well under all conditions.''
``It was a lot of hard work,'' said Smith, ``but it was a successful tour. The band acquitted itself very well.''
The others are musicians as well. Longo, an altosaxophonist, got his start with Harry James Harry Haag James (March 15, 1916 – July 5, 1983) was a popular United States musician and band leader, and a well-known trumpet virtuoso.
Harry James was born in Albany, Georgia, the son of a bandleader of a traveling circus. and once did arrangements for Ray Conniff. His orchestra, Pat Longo's Super Big Band, still plays regular gigs.
Murray Ross sings with the Longo band, and also owns and operates an art supply store in Hollywood with his wife and son.
The five got together recently at the invitation of local disc jockey disc jockey (DJ)
Person who plays recorded music on radio or television or at a nightclub or other live venue. Disc jockey programs became the economic base of many radio stations in the U.S. after World War II. Loren Dexheimer.
``All these guys are friends of mine,'' said Dexheimer. ``Butch Smith and I worked together at Lockheed. Ray was such a good player he didn't ever have to go to work at Lockheed.''
Sherman plans to join Les Brown and his Band of Renown on a South Pacific cruise engagement in the near future. He also plans to put several of his original compositions together in the computer for an album soon.
Smith will join the Barrett group again next month to tour in Germany until Nov. 17.
Ross has been singing most of his life, beginning at the age of 14 in his home town of Toronto, Canada. He is also an excellent bass player. His latest CD with Pat Longo's Super Big Band is titled ``Murray Ross Goes Broadway,'' and is not yet released.
When Dexheimer presents a special jazz program titled ``A Swinging Valentine,'' on Feb. 14 at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center A performing arts center, often abbreviated PAC, is a multi-use performance space that can be adapted for use by various types of the performing arts, including dance, music and theatre. , Sherman will be on the bill.
Also featured will be the New Modernaires, Bill Tracy, Martha Dickenson, Paula Kelly Jr., and Alan Copeland; and Bill Tole tole also tôle
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[French tôle, sheet metal, variant of table, table, slab and his swing musicians with big band favorites.
Dexheimer will perform as Loren Dexter (the name he used in his big band heyday) and his Golden Age All-Stars, including Sherman at the piano, Beverly Jensen, vocals, and musicians John Leys, Buddy Childers, Dick Hafer and Bob Hardaway.
Menus for the week at the senior life nutrition sites in Lancaster, Palmdale and South Valley have been announced. All meals include bread, margarine and coffee, tea or milk for a donation of $2.
Monday: Oven-fried chicken, rice pilaf, spinach, citrus salad, chocolate cake.
Tuesday: Hearty beef stew, corn bread, corn niblets, fiesta coleslaw cole·slaw also cole slaw
A salad of finely shredded raw cabbage and sometimes shredded carrots, dressed with mayonnaise or a vinaigrette. , Jell-O with pineapple.
Wednesday: Turkey with gravy, bread dressing, butternut butternut: see walnut.
Deciduous nut-producing tree (Juglans cinerea) of the walnut family, native to eastern North America. A mature tree has gray, deeply furrowed bark. squash, juice, garden salad, apple.
Thursday: Roast pork, sweet potatoes, stewed stewed
1. Cooked by stewing: stewed prunes.
2. Informal Intoxicated; drunk.
1. tomatoes, carrot and raisin salad, juice, tapioca pudding.
Friday: Polish sausage, parsleyed potatoes, cooked cabbage, garden salad, peaches.
Pat Longo, Murray Ross and Loren Dexheimer, from left, keep the swing jazz sound alive.
Bettie Rencoret/Special to the Daily News