Fabulous Forties

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Flashback to the Fabulous Forties with the music of Freddy Martin and His Orchestra!  Freddy Martin was renowned for his smooth tenor saxophone playing and his swinging arrangements of classics like Flight of the Bumblebee (Bumble Boogie), Grieg’s Piano Concerto, Liszt’s Second Hungarian Rhapsody and, of course his theme Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concert in B-Flat re-titled “Tonight We Love.”

Born in Cleveland in 1906, Freddy Martin was raised in a Springfield orphanage and returned to Cleveland where he attended high school. Guy Lombardo mentored Martin, setting him on the path to musical success.  Martin had a 50-year career including a twenty-five year engagement at the Cocoanut Grove in Los Angeles.  Among those who performed with Martin’s band were trombonists Tommy Dorsey and Russ Morgan and vocalist Merv Griffin.

Hear Martin’s No. 1 hits like “The Hut-Sut Song”, “Managua, Nicaragua” and “I’ve Got A Lovely Bunch of Coconuts,” along with a special Cavalcade of Bands tribute to 26 of the greatest big bands including Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Harry James and Artie Shaw. Join Joseph Rubin, his 15-piece Orchestra and vocalists performing Martin’s recently discovered original arrangements on a sentimental journey through the decade when swing was king.


Length: Two hours with a fifteen minute intermission (can be altered by request)

Piano Concerto in B Flat (Tonight We Love) (1941) Tchaikovsky Arranged by Ray Austin
Armed Forces Medley: Anchors Away, The Caissons Go Rolling Along, The Marine Hymn, The U.S. Air Force Song
Bumble Boogie (1946) Rimsky-Korsakov Arranged by Jack Fina
Cumana (1947) Hillman, Spina and Allen
Czardas (1948) V. Monti Arranged by Robert Ballard
Fiddle Faddle (1949) Leroy Anderson
Grieg Piano Concerto in A Minor (1941) Edvard Grieg Arranged by Ray Austin
The Hut-Sut Song (1941) (A Swedish Serenade) Killion-McMichael-Owens
I’ll Be Seeing You (1938) Sammy Fain and Irving Kahal
I’ve Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts (1949) Fred Heatherton
Intermezzo from the United Artist film Intermezzo (1941) Robert Henning and Heinz Provost
Managua, Nicaragua (1947) Albert Gamse and Irving Fields
Night and Day Concerto (1932) from The Gay Divorce Cole Porter
One-zy, Two-zy (I Love You-zy) (1946) Dave Franklin an Irving Taylor
Peer Gynt Suite (1944) Edvard Grieg
Second Hungarian Rhapsody (1944) Franz Liszt
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (1933) from Roberta Jerome Kern and Otto Harbach
Symphony (1946) Andre Tabet-Alstone American Version: Jack Lawrence
To Each His Own (1946) Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 2 (Full Moon And Empty Arms) (1945) Arr. By Freddy Martin
Warsaw Concerto from the Republic film Suicide Squadron (1943) Richard Addinsell
Cavalcade of Bands – Featuring the themes of the Paul Whiteman, Vincent Lopez, Ted Lewis, Duke Ellington, Fred Waring, Guy Lombardo, Ben Bernie, Henry Busse, Wayne King, Eddie Duchin, Russ Morgan, Hal Kemp, Clyde McCoy, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Shep Fields, Artie Shaw, Glenn Miller, Kay Kyser, Sammy Kaye, Harry James, Gene Krupa, Spike Jones, Carmen Cavallero, Stan Kenton, and Les Brown Orchestras