Hal McIntyre Orchestra
by Don Pentleton,
The Hal McIntyre Big Band begins its season every year at the Amazing
Things Arts Center in Framingham, Massachusetts - “to blow dust off the music and see if we can still play it.”
They haven't seen each other since November. Man, can they still play it!
with Vocals by Steve Marvin,
Featuring the alto sax of Tom Ferrante*,
at Amazing Things Arts Center, May 7, 2012.
From that first sound of Stomping at The Savoy, the saxophones and brass
had us enthralled with their joyful, timeless spirit.
One of Hal McIntyre’s own arrangements in McIntyre's warm ballad style, with Ed
Harlow and Dave Burdette soloist, I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love With Me.
Director/Drums: Don Pentleton,
Trumpets: Dave Burdett, Dennis Perriccio, Jerry Seeco
Trombones: Steve Piermarini, Wayne Branco, Brian Kay
Saxophones. Tom Ferrante, Sil D'urbano, Ed Harlow, Arnie Krakowsky,
Piano: John Acaro
String bass: Stephen Arsenault
Ed Harlow, laid back and mellow sax, on a big hit from the 1940's That Old Feeling.
Their alternate theme song, 1942
Commando Serenade, from a movie in the 1940’s, powerful, with both muted
trumpets and muted trombones. Fantastic!
Directed by Don Pentleton, the band is faithful to the original
charts - literally - with the now yellowed pages, all torn around the
Don is a veteran Big Band drummer who
has also performed with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Guy Lombardo
Orchestra, Skitch Henderson, Ella Fitzgerald and comedians Phyllis
Diller, Pat Cooper, Frankie Fontaine, and George Jessel.
He has kept this marvelous band working together, playing one-nighters
all over Massachusetts and New England ever since.
Sil D’Urbano's rich,
warm and vibrant clarinet solo is on a Benny Goodman arrangement of On a
Sil has been in the
business for 65 years, and still playing fine, strong sax and clarinet!!
Let's Fall in Love, many individual one-chorus solos. Acaro
on piano, sneaks in a snippet of
Don says "former saxophonist Dave Chapman “played the
hell out of this tune.” Unfortunately we lost Dave a couple of years ago. Tom Ferrante does equally well on this three-tune medley. Ferrante started on gut wrenching
tenor sax, with My One And Only Love. Acaro uses the full range of
the piano keys on I’ve Grown
Accustomed To Her Face, and Dave Burdett's deep, rich tones dominate on Young Man With a
|Moving to a much faster beat, a Woody Herman song for Jerry
Seeco – Days of Wine and Roses. This was Jerry’s first time with
Wayne Branco featured on Ted Heath's version of
April in Paris.
Hal McIntyre liked to stay
current, and Don expects that if he were here, he would play this
more modern version of Lennie Niehaus' Love Walked In, featuring Dave Burdette trumpet, Steve Piermarini trombone.
The band moved to a Latin beat with Leroy Anderson’s Serenata,
highlighting Dave Burdett's fine trumpet. Lovely! We were
Vocalist Steve Marvin, of Revere, Massachusetts, is one of the
interpreters of Frank Sinatra's music. Steve Piermarini always
takes the lead directing the band for Steve’s vocals; he's familiar with the routine......and those important keys. Piermarini
and Marvin were a duet for many years.
Marvin sings with Sinatra's soul and style, using the
maestro's "long breath" technique. But he conveys the message
and the emotions in his own voice.
I’ve Got The World on a String,
Don’t Worry About Me,
The Best is Yet to Come,
I’ve Got You Under My Skin.
And captivates the audience with those piercing blue eyes!
Arnie Krakowski's loose, sinuous sax is featured on a
chart they received from a DJ in Los Angeles, a Tom Kubris
arrangement of When You’re
Smiling, played in a more, modern vein.....
......with Acaro's fingers running up and down the
An Assistant Professor at Berklee, Acaro is a
National and international pianist and recording artist.
The whole front row was filled with John's 's family, a whole slew
of Italian Aunts and Cousins, who were enjoying the McIntyre Big Band as much as the rest of
Stephen Arsenault is calm and
His strong chord voicings on
string bass are sometimes driving the band, sometimes providing
a steady beat behind the instrumentalists, but always right there!
Steve Marvin returned for the finale, with an unforgettable Old Black Magic.
(Where did the time go???) He listens to the horns, and scats along with the saxophones, like a front line
Nice touch! Luck Be a Lady Tonight, from Robin and the 7
Hoods, and the final tune, a fantastic Chicago.
We were completely absorbed with this fine music
help it. Time just flew by. The Hal McIntyre Big Band is still "The Band that America loves".
See for yourself.
Catch them at Old Orchard Beach in July:
July 24, 6:30-8:30pm
McIntyre Orchestra, directed by
and featuring the alto saxophone of Tom Ferrante with the Sinatra style
vocals of Steve Marvin at The Seaside Pavilion, Old Orchard Beach, Maine
The World famous Hal Mcintyre Orchestra with a Frank Sinatra Tribute featuring
vocalist, Steve Marvin comes to the Pavilion this summer! Under the direction of
Don Pentleton, veteran Big Band
drummer, they'll be sure to delight music lovers of all ages! Don Pentleton is
the musical director and drummer of the Hal McIntyre Orchestra. Don took over
the reigns of the Hal McIntyre Orchestra through an arrangement with the
McIntyre family.. $12.00 Advance / $17.00 Day of Show
Or pick up a couple of CD's. There are two Hal McIntyre CDs currently available.
1. Lullaby Of Birdland
2. Free and Easy
$15.00 each. Contact, email@example.com.
* Tom Ferranteis
an alumnus of NEC, has
been a member of the theater orchestra of the Wang, Schubert, and
Colonial theaters, as well as the Boston Opera House. He has also
been a member of the Herb Pomeroy and Greg Hopkins Jazz Orchestras.
His education credits include 20 years as director of bands at
Waltham High School, 25 years as associate professor of saxophone at UMASS – Lowell, and clinician and adjudicator for the Massachusetts
Association of Jazz Educators, of which he was the first president.
BACK TO TOP
Updated May 17, 2012