While the Second Annual Talent Show passes into history with the warm appreciation of the Fearrington Village Singers, the creative talent of club members is scarcely touched. Featured next is Sally Bird, an Alto1, who has been playing alto sax with the Ambassadors Jazz Band for about ten years. The URLs below captures the band appearing at Southern Village and Roadhouse in Pittsboro; Sally is the second person from the right on the first row.
About the band. Based in Chapel Hill and directed by Larry Triplett, this “swing era” Big Band features 17 instrumentalists and 2 vocalists who perform the arrangements of renowned bands led by Count Basie, Artie Shaw, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton, and many others.
Click on Sally and the Ambassadors Jazz Band. The #1 hit in 1942, “Jersey Bounce” has ties to Jimmy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, and Ella Fitzgerald. The Ambassadors played this version on Sept. 23, 2019 at Southern Village: https://youtu.be/h17wLpxF828.
Johnny Smith wrote one of the greatest guitar rock songs, “Walk, Don’t Run” in 1954—a song made famous by The Ventures in 1960. At the Pittsboro Roadhouse, the Ambassador Jazz Band played this rendition of the Quincy Jones instrumental version arranged for the Basie band: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMLn8C75r_U.
Please let the Board know about talents that you would like to share on Zoom.