Westfield Community Swing Band,“Nostalgia,” under the leadership of Sal Melillo and conducted by Sam Calello, returns to Mindowaskin Park on Thursday, July 25, at 7:30 pm. “Nostalgia” is a 16-piece Swing Band featuring vocalists Katie Ladd and Edward Boutross. Its 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 goers 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 Ladd, a graduate of Berklee College, will be a featured soloist with the Big Band. A native of Bradenton, Florida, she began her career at the age of 4. She regularly performs in New York City and will be featured on “Night and Day”, by Cole Porter, “When I Fall in ‘Love” by Natalie 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. Boutross, a Brooklyn native, will sing “Our Love is Here to Stay” by George Gershwin, “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” by Frank Sinatra and “Come Fly With Me” by Michael Buble. Additional selections for the evening include Count Basie’s “Until I Met You”, Duke Ellington’s “Perdido” and Artie Shaw’s “Begin the Beguine” and “Star Dust” 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, call 908-789-4080 or the swing band at 908-342-2227. For more information about the band, go to www.nostalgiathebigband.com.