The sounds of the big band era will fill the air later this month as the Cavalcade of Triangle Big Bands continues with Leon Jordan and the Continentals performing Thursday, July 25, 2013 from 7:00pm-9:30pm at the new Five Points Center for Active Adults in Raleigh.
This 12-piece orchestra has performed danceable swing music throughout the Triangle since 1959 and has featured musicians including Bob Havens who performed with the Lawrence Welk Orchestra and Kirby Campbell who performed with Tommy Dorsey.
A North Carolina native, bandleader Leon Jordan is a long-time Raleigh resident, retired North Carolina State Professor of Metallurgical Engineering and owner of Poole?s Diner in downtown Raleigh. His passion for the trumpet began while growing up on Glenwood Avenue across from renowned trumpeter Del Forest and pianist Woody Hayes whom Jordan would hear rehearsing.? Now at the age of 83 Jordan continues to toot his own horn.
Leon Jordan and the Continentals are widely known for performing at Raleigh?s Governors Inn for over 15 years each Saturday. With over 2,000 engagements under their belt, soundtrack for the 1991 film Once Around with Holly Hunter and Richard Dreyfuss, NC Governor?s Balls, and a performance for President Reagan, Leon Jordan and the Continentals have defined the big band sound for more than 50 years.
Raleigh Music Groups curated this summer big band series with four of the Triangle?s top orchestras which stepped off to great success with the Casablanca Orchestra on May 30 and the High Society Orchestra June 27. Each band is featuring their unique sound the last Thursday of the month through August 2013.
Keeping this uniquely American and historically significant music alive is the impetus for the Cavalcade of Triangle Big Bands concept, an opportunity for ballroom-style dancing to the big band sounds of past decades.
Cavalcade of Triangle Big Bands: Summer 2013
Five Points Center for Active Adults, 2000 Noble Road, Raleigh
7:00pm-9:30pm: Every last Thursday of the month
July 25?????????? Continentals Dance Band, Leon Jordan, band leader
August 29??? Moonlighters Orchestra, Terry Blalock, band leader
Tickets: $10 per person at door; free parking, featuring a 4,000 square foot ballroom. Complimentary dance instruction with professional dance instructor Deborah Brown at each event.