The Swingin Years
The Big Band Era is captured in all its glory in this exciting, well-paced review called The Singin' Years. The show features Don Edwards and his big band composed of seasoned musicians, some of whom were members of the very bands they are helping to re-create. Along with instrumentals, it also includes vocals.
Veteran trumpet player Don Edwards spend most of his early career playing in the big bands, as lead trumpet with Hal McIntyre, Billy May, Woody Hermann, Stan Kenton, Ray Anthony, Nelson Riddle, Buddy Morrow and Les Elgart. Following the Big Band era, Edwards spent fifteen years in Vegas performing in stage shows for Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis, Jr., Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughn, Jack Jones and a host of other artists. While working at the Sands Hotel, he performed with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra for the Nat King Cole Show which aired weekly from there on NBC TV, and later worked as lead trumpet with the Rat Pack. His ability to emulate trumpet greats like Harry James, Charlie Spivak and Bunny Berigan led to his serving as featured soloist as well as director of the show.
Following a career that included extensive tours as a singer with Broadway and musical comedy shows, Starr Acheson enjoyed ten years of popularity at both Hilton Head Island and Charleston, where she was featured at the better known resort hotels and country clubs with her own jazz band. While born too late to be a part of the Big Band era, her interpretation of its music is exceptional, along with her ability to capture an audience. Each time she walks on stage she brings a charm and vitality that is irresistible as she performs hits made famous by singers like Helen O'Connell, Doris Day and Peggy Lee
Whether you're 18 or 81, you'll find your toes tapping and your hands clapping as you join in the rhythm and standing ovations of young and old alike for the music that continues to create a magic like none other. . .. It's almost as if you're there, during one of the most romantic eras in America called THE SWINGIN' YEARS.