The Westfield Community Swing Band, Nostalgia, under the leadership of Sal Melillo and conducted by Sam Calello returns to Mindowaskin Park on Thursday, July 22 at 7:30pm.
Nostalgia is a 17 piece Swing Band featuring vocalists, Katie Locke and Edward Boutross. It's members are musicians who have performed with big bands and other ensembles throughout the New York and New Jersey area.
During this performance, the band takes concert goes on a nostalgic journey through time creating the sound and styles of the big band era, often performing the original scores of Count Base, Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman amongst other big band greats.
Katie Locke, a graduate of Berklee College, will be a featured soloist with the Nostalgia Big Band. A native of Bradenton, Florida, she began her career at the age of four. She regularly performs in New York City and will be featured on "I Heard That Song Before" by Harry James, "When I Fall in 'Love" by Nat King Cole, and "Over the Rainbow" by Harold Arlen.
Edward Boutross, known for his style of sophistication and charm is often found to have tonal comparisons to Harry Connick. Mr. Boutross, a Brooklyn native, will sing George Gershwin''s "Our Love is Here to Stay" by George Gershwin, "Beyond the Sea" by Bobby Darin and "Me and Mrs. Jones by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff.
Additional selections for the evening include Count Basie's "Shiny Stockings", Duke Ellington's "All of Me" and Henry Mancini's "Days of Wine and Roses" amongst many other popular big band favorites.
The concert will be held in Mindowaskin Park, located next to the Westfield Municipal Building at 425 East Broad St. in Westfield. The event is free to the public; audience members are encouraged to bring blankets or chairs.
The Westfield Community Concert Band is sponsored by the Westfield Recreation Department, Bruce Kaufmann, Director. For further information, please contact (908) 789-4080 or the swing band at (908) 342-2227. For more information about the band go to www.nostalgiathebigband.com