Wednesday Big Band Night features tunes from Duke Ellington and Glenn Miller

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July 5—There will be swing music and big band jazz in Highland Park this week.

The Kokomo Park Band’s annual Big Band party is one of the band’s most popular concerts. Duke Ellington and Glenn Miller fans can listen to familiar tunes at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Songs include “Corner Pocket” composed by Freddie Green and made popular by Count Basie, “Volga Boatmen” arranged by Bill Finegan for Glenn Miller and “Groove Merchant” by Thad Jones and Mel Lewis.

Ellington fans will recognize Billy Strayhorn’s “Take the ‘A’ Train,” “Such Sweet Thunder,” and “Caravan.”

Mark Buselli will lead the group of musicians from the Park Band and other jazz artists. The concert will end with his arrangement of “Caravan” by Ellington. The guest conductor is the director of jazz studies at Ball State University and has performed for four former US presidents.

Singer Cherresa Lawson will also perform at the concert. Songs include “A Flower is a Lovesome Thing” by Billy Srayhorn, “That Old Black Magic” by Harold Arlen and “Angel Eyes” arranged by Buselli.

Children attending the free concert will receive coloring materials and the Morning Star Church will provide refreshments.

The concert will be moved to Kokomo High School Auditorium if Wednesday night brings inclement weather.

James Bennett III can be reached at 765-454-8580 or [email protected]

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