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Wednesday, Aug 15, 2007 • Valley Stream Village Green Dance Series • Not a SDLI Event

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Valley Stream Village Green Dance Series

Presents the return engagement of The Ray Abrams Big (17-piece) Swing Band under the direction of Ervin Simpson. Featuring the vocal styling’s of Tulivu-Donna Cumberbatch performing a Swing Music Dance & Concert. Showcasing the swing dance music of the greatest swing bands of the 40’s and 50’s

Valley Stream Village Green Bandshell
Off South Central Ave in Valley Stream Village

Wednesday, August 15, 2007 (Rain Date Friday, Aug. 17)
8:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Guests should bring their dancing shoes along with chairs or a blanket

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CALL
VALLEY STREAM SENIOR RECREATION DEPT
516-825-8570

Band: Ray Abrams Big Swing Band

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This highly professional swing band, which actually started in the 50’s, under the vision of Hank Dougherty, was acquired by Brooklyn’s famous jazz saxophonist and prolific arranger, Ray Abrams. Ray passed on in 1997, but the band continues to entertain lovers of swing and classic-jazz. The 17 members of the band consistently recreate the unforgettable hard swinging, finger-snapping, toe-tapping sounds of the greatest swing-bands of the 40’s and 50’s. Our musical arrangements feature many of the band’s exceptional soloist, as well as swinging vocals and a fine selection of love ballads, uniquely sung by our featured vocalist, Tulivu-Donna Cumberbatch.

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The band’s library of musical arrangements, is lengthy and well rounded, ranging from the still modern sounding charts created by founder, Ray Abrams, to the swinging big-band charts from the minds of arrangers like Sam Nestico, Quincy Jones, Sy Oliver, Neal Hefti, and so many others. This valued musical library supports the bands ability to create a well-rounded program of classic-jazz as played by the bands of Basie, Ellington, Hawkins, Foster, Hampton, etc.

The band’s unique ability to perform to the spirit of the music and to swing at the drop of a hat, is consistently nourished by the very dedicated skills of the band’s leader, Ervin Simpson, who has led the band since 1998. No doubt, this ability to swing the most beloved songs from The Classic American Jazz Songbook, explains why the band continues to maintain a growing presence on LI and in the tri-state area.

Band Contact:
Don Echoles Conway at 917-674-4647 or

Organizer: This is not a Swing Dance Long Island Event (Not a SDLI Event)

The listed event is NOT sponsored by Swing Dance Long Island, Inc. This event was thought to be of interest to our SDLI’s members. Before traveling, always verify the event information directly with the organizer’s website, since things change and events do get canceled.

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