Stardust Big Band performed popular hits from the 1940s to a packed house at Drew University on Saturday. This fundraiser event raised more than $4,500 for America’s Grow-A-Row, a volunteer-based organization that provides fresh produce to the hungry.
Stardust, a 16-piece jazz ensemble featuring Madison’s own Andrew Filippone on trumpet, performed the some of swing era’s best-known hits, including “In the Mood,” “Take the A Train,” “Chatanooga Choo Choo” along with several show tunes and the 1970s hit “Feels So Good” by Chuck Mangione. The two-hour performance concluded with a standing ovation.
In attendance was the Pittstown charity’s founder Chip Paillex, who shared with the audience how Grow-A-Row’s farm and network meets critical needs to help individuals in local communities and provide nutritional education.
Local ToastMasters club members introduced each song throughout the program, presented by the Stardust Music Society of NJ.
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