Starry Night Octet

Jazz Orchestra from Muskegon, MI - Will travel up to 10 miles
MEMBER SINCE 2015

$800 - $2000 per event
About
I would like to introduce you to our jazz group, the Starry Night Jazz Combo. Our instrumentation allows us to match our sound to the Dave Pell octet, from the 1950's.
If you are not familiar with the Dave Pell Octet sound, it consisted of a trumpet, tenor sax, baritone sax, trombone, jazz guitar, piano, bass, and drums. The jazz guitar in this group plays more like a horn part, instead of the rhythm section. The arrangers doubled the guitar with the lead horn line, to give the band a richer sound, closer to that of a big band.
Here is an excerpt from Dave Pell's website: "... Pell started as a working musician in the heyday of the big bands. He joined Tony Pastor's band in 1944, spent two years working with Bob Crosby's Bobcats, then moved to Los Angeles and joined Les Brown's new "Band of Renown" group in 1947. As a tenor sax player, Pell became one of the stars of the Brown band, and he remained with them until 1955. He then formed his own group, the Dave Pell Octet, along with trumpeter Don Fagerquist, and adopted a lighter style, very much in the spirit of the West Coast jazz movement. Pell hired some of the best arranging talents available, including Marty Paich, Shorty Rogers, Jerry Fielding, and Bill Holman, and the group's albums sold well."
These songs are arranged in a very happy, upbeat, toe-tapping feel, with a lot of variety.
We purchased over 140 of the actual arrangements (used by the Dave Pell Octet), from Dave Pell himself (he is 89 this year). These arrangements are well-crafted, and sound fantastic. They basically took songs from "The Great American Songbook" of tunes by composers Burke and Van Heusen, Rodgers and Hart, Irving Berlin, among others. We even have several of his jazzed up arrangements of famous college songs.
Our group also has a wonderful library of "little big band" tunes. These are arrangements of famous big band tunes, such as Mack the Knife, Green Eyes, Dancing on the Ceiling, Perfidia and dozens of others. Also, for an extra fee (and depending on her availability), we have many arrangements for Ms. Ginny Dusseau, a wonderful jazz vocalist from Grand Rapids.
Overall, our large music library gives us great flexibility, and allows us to adjust our performance to appeal to a wide variety of listeners.
Our musicians are some of the best jazz players in West Michigan. Many are regulars in the well-known big band, the Truth In Jazz Orchestra.
We hope you will take a look at our website: We have some photos, and several sample songs of our group.
If you are seriously interested in quality jazz, we want you to know that we are available and interested in performing at your venue. I am sure our exceptional jazz group would be an distinctive addition to your well-known series of concerts. I hope to hear from you soon.
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2015
Jun
28
Private Event
Whitehall, MI
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
A Foggy Day
George Gershwin
Adios Muchachos
Julio C'sar Sanders
After The Lovin
Engelbert Humperdinck
All the Things You Are
Glenn Miller
All The Way
Frank Sinatra
American Pie
Don McLean
Avalon
Al Jolson
Bad Bad Leroy Brown
Jim Croce
Beer Barrel Polka
Glenn Miller Orchestra
Beginnings
Chicago
Bluer Than Blue
Michael Johnson
Brazil
Ary Barroso
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
Neil Sedaka
Bye Bye Blackbird
Ella Fitzgerald
C Jam Blues
Count Basie
Canadian Sunset
Dean Martin
Cantina Band
John Williams
Caravan
Duke Ellington
Charlie's Angels
TV Theme
Chattanooga Choo-Choo
Glenn Miller
Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White
Perez Prado
Close To You
Carpenters
Colour My World
Chicago
Dancing On the Ceiling
Frank Sinatra
Deep Purple
Artie Shaw
Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me
Ella Fitzgerald
Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?
Chicago
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Duke Ellington
Embraceable You
Duke Ellington
Emily
Johnny Mandel
Evergreen
Barbra Streisand
Feelings
Morris Albert
Frenesi
Artie Shaw
Girl Talk
Neal Hefti
Glenn Miller Medley
Glenn Miller
Green Eyes
Ray Anthony
Harlem Nocturne
Earle Hagen
Hot Seats
Dave Wolpe
How Long Has This Been Going On?
George Gershwin
Hustle
Van McCoy
I Cried For You
Bunny Berigan
I Got It Bad
Duke Ellington
I Heard It Through the Grapevine
Marvin Gaye
I Saw Her Standing There
Beatles
I Write the Songs
Barry Manilow
Ida
Sweet As Apple Cider
If You Don't Know Me By Now
Harold Melvin
I'll Never Fall In Love Again
Tom Jones
I'm Easy
Keith Carradine
In A Mellow Tone
Duke Ellington
In The Mood
Glenn Miller
Isn't It Romantic?
Mel Torme
It's d'j' vu
Dave Brubeck
Johnson Rag
Glenn Miller
Killing Me Softly
Roberta Flack
Lady In Red
In Caliente
Look of Love
Dusty Springfield
Love Is Here To Stay
Frank Sinatra
Love Will Keep Us Together
Neil Sedaka
Lullaby of Broadway
Ella Fitzgerald
Mack the Knife
Louie Armstrong
Make Me Smile
Chicago
Mambo Jambo
Perez Prado
Misty
Erroll Garner
Moody
James Moody
Moonglow
Benny Goodman
Moonlight In Vermont
Frank Sinatra
Morning Dance
Spirogyra
My Funny Valentine
Frank Sinatra
My Funny Valentine
Rodgers & Hart
New York
New York
Nice Work If You Can Get It
Frank Sinatra
Night and Day
Cole Porter
Not So Loud
Please!
Ode To Joy
Ludwig Beethoven
Oh
You Beautiful Doll
Old Time Rock and Roll
Bob Segar
Peanuts Polka
Tijuana Brass
Peg O' My Heart
Andy Williams
Perfidia
Perez Prado
Peter Gunn
Henry Mancini
Pink Panther
Henry Mancini
Poor Butterfly
Benny Goodman
Proud Mary
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Red Roses For A Blue Lady
Bert Kaempfert
Rock Around The Clock
Bill Haley & His Comets
Rock This Town
Brian Setzer Orchestra
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Perry Como
Satin Doll
Duke Ellington
Shadow of Your Smile
Tony Bennett
Shaker Song
Spirogyra
Sir Duke
Stevie Wonder
Something
Beatles
Sophisticated Lady
Duke Ellington
Splish Splash
Bobby Darin
Star Wars Medley
John Williams
Stumbling
Bennie Krueger Orchestra
Summertime
George Gershwin
T.S.O.P.
MSFB
Take the "A" Train
Duke Ellington
Tequila
Champs
The Glory Of Love
Benny Goodman
The Joint Is Jumpin'
Fats Waller
The Lady Is A Tramp
Frank Sinatra
The Man I Love
George Gershwin
Theme from Police Woman
TV Theme
Theme from S.W.A.T.
TV Theme
This Guy's In Love With You
Herb Alpert
Three Times A Lady
Commodores
Tico Tico
Carmen Miranda
Tie A Yellow Ribbon
Tony Orlando
Traces
Classics IV
Tuxedo Junction
Glenn Miller
Two O'Clock Jump
Count Basie
Until I Met You (Corner Pocket)
Count Basie
Waltz Medley
Various Bands
Watermelon Man
Herbie Hancock
Way We Were
Barbara Streisand
What I Did For Love
A Chorus Line
When the Saints Go Marching In
Louie Armstrong
Whiffenpoof Song
Yale University
Winter Wonderland
Perry Como
Won't You Take A Look At Yourself
Dave Wolpe
You and the Night and the Music
Arthur Schwartz
You Are the Sunshine of My Life
Stevie Wonder
You Do Something To Me
Cole Porter
You Light Up My Life
Debby Boone
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Wedding Band
Jazz Orchestra
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Weddings
Baby Showers
Bar Mitzvahs
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Funerals
Happy Hours
Picnic
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Bat Mitzvahs
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Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Luau Parties
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Please note Starry Night Octet will also travel to Twin Lake, Whitehall, Wabaningo, Fruitport, Holton, Montague, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg, Nunica, Grand Haven, Ravenna, Rothbury, Grant, New Era, Bailey, Fremont, Casnovia, Coopersville, Conklin, Hesperia.
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