Back by popular demand, Five by Design returns to Terre Haute March 22 with a new show featuring alto saxophone legend Richie Cole. “Cool and Swingin’” begins at 7:30 p.m. in Tilson Auditorium at Indiana State University.
The show runs the gamut, from television’s “I Love Lucy” and Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show” theme, to hits such as “Night and Day,” “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” and “Flying Home.” Other songs include “Almost Like Being in Love,” “Night and Day,” “Bossa Nova Eyes,” “What a Wonderful World” and “Come Fly With Me.”
Five by Design includes Lorie Carpenter-Niska, Cathy Scott, Kurt Niska, Michael Swedberg and Terrence Niska. Their creative talents go far beyond their vocal prowess. As the creative talent behind “Radio Days,” “Club Swing,” “Stay Tuned” and “Cool and Swingin’,” their productions showcase the group’s penchant for storytelling and the comedic. Whether backed by a symphony orchestra or studio big band, Five By Design embraces the unforgettable melodies, lush harmonies and swinging rhythms that evoke the names of Miller, Mancini and Mercer.
The Minnesota-based quintet’s latest production hit the stage in 2010. Set in the format of a live radio broadcast, “Cool and Swingin’” explores Cole’s career from his early days with Buddy Rich to working with the “Tonight Show” band to the present day.
Five by Design also provides listeners with a peek inside the Rogue and Jar, the Washington, D.C., club where Cole was inspired to pen the classic “Harold’s House of Jazz” and “New York Afternoon.”
Now an arranger, composer and educator, Cole was awarded a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in 1966 and went on to become lead sax with Buddy Rich, Lionel Hampton and Doc Severinsen over several years.
In 1975 Cole teamed up with jazz great Eddie Jefferson, and together they toured worldwide. Cole also created The Alto Madness Orchestra in the early 1990s to feature seven instruments — a rhythm section with four horns — and built his arrangements with this group in mind. This allowed more room for improvisation than in a traditional 18-piece big band, as in a quartet setting, yet it achieves “that big band sound.”
Cole has performed with The Manhattan Transfer, Bobby Enriquez, Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Stitt, Boots Randolph and Nancy Wilson. He has recorded more than 50 albums.
Tickets for “Cool and Swingin’” are available at Hulmancenter.org or by calling 812-237-3737, or at Ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000, as well as at the door.
For more information on Five By Design’s itinerary, activities and recordings, visit the ensemble’s website at www.fivebydesign.com.
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