Wed, July 17

Big Band Echoes @ the Library

  • When: Friday, November 16, 2018, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Where: Cottonwood Public Library
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: Visit
  • Age limit: All ages
  • Categories: Community

Big Band Echoes, a nostalgic look back to the Big Band Era of the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s, will be meeting at the Cottonwood Public Library on Friday, November 16 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and continues on the third Friday of each month. Hosted by Jim Ahlstrom, a former radio personality now living in Cottonwood, the program will feature music from the Big Band Era along with a special emphasis each month on a featured big band leader, a short bio and a sampling of their best known hits. Noted big band singers will also be featured. Ahlstrom says he’ll conduct some trivia elements involving big band themes, song titles, and lyrics to challenge the audience. The audience will also be introduced to foreign big bands, one or two novelty songs and portions of big band radio remotes recorded during that era. Current artists of the big band genre will also be presented. “I’m hoping that the attendees will not only enjoy listening to some long forgotten tunes but will also enjoy participating in the trivia portion of the evening,” Ahlstrom added. This month Ahlstrom will be featuring Sammy Kaye as the band of the month and the featured vocalist of the month is Brook Benton. Also to be featured will be songs by Al Martino, Johnny Hartman, Jerry Vale, Ray Conniff, and Matt Monro. Country fans will enjoy hearing The Statler Brothers and Ray Price offering their crossover talents singing swing hits, as well as Perry Como going country. Stereo recordings of Enoch Light's big band will be presented, and other big bands of the 40's to be featured will be Kaye Kyser, Gene Krupa, Will Bradley and Woody Herman. A brief trivia session will be held with prizes to be awarded the winners. For more information on library services please visit or find them on Facebook. The library is located at 100 S 6th St in Cottonwood.