Musical Memories, by Marvin Randolph
(excerpt from the Sun Sentinel, Nov. 8, 2000)
Web-posted: 5:03 p.m. Nov. 8, 2000 http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/daily/detail/0,1136,36000000000123711,00.html
The Midiri Brothers Orchestra's Finger Bustin' features authentic yet creative performances of the music of Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Fletcher Henderson, the Dorsey Brothers and Glenn Miller, in the tradition of the swing era. This is an exciting new 16-piece band that in recent years has been performing for capacity crowds at premier venues in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. This new CD is guaranteed to bring back memories for those who remember the heyday of swing. You won't believe your ears when you hear leader/clarinetist Joe Midiri; to quote a leading jazz critic -- “It was as though Benny Goodman had come back to life.” It's available on CD for $15, or cassette, $12, shipping included. To order, write Joe Midiri, P.O. Box 961, Mays Landing, NJ 08330, or call 609-601-1099.
Marvin Randolph's column answers readers' questions relating to popular music and jazz of the early 1900s through 1960. Please! No inquiries about opera, classical, children's. No appraisals. Requests must be written; no phone calls, please. Send your questions to Sun-Sentinel, 200 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301; attention: Musical Memories.