Capital Jazz Orchestra – Holiday Pops

CAPITAL JAZZ ORCHESTRA
CLAYTON “SKIP” POOLE, MUSIC DIRECTOR
PRESENTS


FEATURING THE VOCAL STYLINGS OF
CJ POOLE, LAURA POOLE, & LIZ SAUNDERS
WITH
LAURA KNOY, NARRATOR
CAPITOL CENTER FOR THE ARTS
CHUBB THEATRE
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2021 – 4PM

Clayton “Skip” Poole, Music Director

Clayton, (or “Skip” as he is known to his family and friends), has enjoyed over 40 years of bringing top quality music to audiences all around the United States. He has founded and conducted multiple music groups
including, most recently, The Capital Jazz Orchestra. Over the course of his elaborate music career, Clayton has worked with such musical mavens as Mel Tormé, Rosemary Clooney, Johnny Mathis, Andy Williams, Dionne
Warwick, and many other major music stars. In addition, Mr. Poole has served as Music Director for collegiate bands as well, backing and performing with legendary guest artists such as Cab Calloway, “Wild” Bill Davis, The Four Freshmen and Maynard Ferguson.
Skip is one of the few musicians alive today who has had the privilege working directly with the leaders of some of the nation’s top big bands; Frank Tiberi (Woody Herman), Steve Marcus (Buddy Rich), Frank Foster (Count Basie), and Dick Johnson (Artie Shaw). In 2011, Clayton was invited to join the late musicologist Gunther Schuller on a lecture panel at the Berklee School of Music in Boston to discuss the influence of Paul Whiteman on the early jazz period. Skip’s comments have been published in the book “Paul Whiteman – Pioneer in American Music” by Don Rayno published by Scarecrow Press.
In his current role as Music Director of The Capital Jazz Orchestra, he has worked with The Four Freshmen, Delfeayo Marsalis, Trumpeter Byron Stripling, Basie drummer Butch Miles, vocalists Carmen Bradford and Clairdee. In addition, Skip has toured nationally with the CJO; most recently featuring Benny Goodman alumni Ken Peplowski, the late Bucky Pizzarelli, and the late Derek Smith.

Laura Knoy, Narrator

Laura was formerly the host of the award-winning program, The Exchange, New Hampshire Public Radio’s popular call-in show that debuted in October of 1995. Prior to hosting NHPR’s The Exchange, Laura worked in public radio in Washington, D.C. as a local reporter and announcer for WAMU and as a newscaster for National Public Radio. She was voted one of the most powerful women in New Hampshire by NH Magazine. Her reading of “The Night Before Christmas” has become an annual tradition of the “Holiday POPS!” concerts.

CJ Poole, Vocalist

As an accomplished bassist for over a decade, CJ has led various small ensembles; freelancing for a plethora of events and shows across New England. Throughout his musical tenure, he has shared the stage with jazz trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis, the late NYC pianist and Benny Goodman Alumnus Derek Smith, Count Basie vocalist Ms. Carmen Bradford as well as the late guitar legend, Bucky Pizzarelli. Encouraged by Pizzarelli, he turned his attention to his singing voice where he enjoys performing the “Great American Songbook” with a bow to the interpretations and vocal stylings of Frank Sinatra, Mel Tormé, Bing Crosby and Bobby Darin. CJ has entertained audiences both locally and nationally, singing as the featured male vocalist for the Capital Jazz Orchestra. In addition to performing live, CJ is heavily involved in the business aspects of running professional ensembles. As a radio guest, he has also been heard sharing expertise in various repertoire and interpretations of 20th Century Swing-Era Big Bands and their respective “crooners”.

Laura POOLE, Vocalist

A graduate of Plymouth State University’s Music, Theatre & Dance Department, Laura has performed nationally on the stages of New York, Chicago, Wisconsin, Tennessee, and Alabama as well as internationally in Chile. A consummate professional, her favorite theatrical moments have included playing Tracy in “Hairspray” and the Witch in “Into the Woods”. Additionally, her vocal coaching has been highly sought-after by professionals and amateurs alike throughout New England. Over the past few years, Laura has embraced her role as one of the CJO’s featured female vocalists and thoroughly enjoys the performing experiences that have been shared with the orchestra.

Liz saunders, Vocalist

Liz Saunders has been performing in the New England area and beyond for over 20 years. Originally from Cape Cod, MA, she has made a full circle and moved back to her roots residing once again by the shores near her hometown. Her gifted qualities have allowed her to work nationally in Entertainment Management, film, and commercials. She has also held the positions of Director of Massachusetts State Drama Festival and National Entertainment Manager for a cruise company. Ms. Saunders favors the songs of unforgettable styles from the 1930’s through 50’s. When she brings her professionalism and natural charisma onstage, it guarantees the audience an entertaining time!

BAND PERSONNEL

Reed I – Bob Bowlby
Trombone I – Jeff Galindo
Reed II – Charlie Jennison
Trombone II – Chris Oberholtzer
Reed III – Jerry Vejmola
Trombone III – Artie Montanaro
Reed IV – Lou Stamas
Trombone IV – Tim Kelly
Reed V – Greg Mostovoy
Piano – Jerry Ascione
Trumpet I – Bryan Davis
Guitar – Paul Bourgelais
Trumpet II – Andy Gravish
String Bass – John Hunter
Trumpet III – Joe Casano
Drums – James Lattini
Trumpet IV – Pat Stout
Harp – Katie Lyon-Pingree

PROGRAM

Jingle Bells…………………………..arr. Sam Nestico

Candles in the Window, Carols by the Spinet………….Jerry Ascione
(World Premier feat. Ms. Laura Knoy, Narrator)

* The Man With A Bag…………………………….arr. Rick Stitzel

* The Christmas Song………………………arr. Ralph Carmichael

*+ Sisters…………………………………………..Irving Berlin

+ Christmas Is My Favorite Time of the Year………arr. Mike Crotty

+# This Could Be the Start of Something Big………….arr. Don Costa

# Little Man You’ve Had A Busy Day……………aybel Wayne

# Cool Yule………………………………..arr. Sherman Irby

Waltz of the Flowers………………………arr. Dave Wolpe
(Featuring Ms. Kathleen Lyon-Pingree, Solo Harp)

-INTERMISSION-
O Tannenbaum……………………………….arr. Ralph Carmichael

The Night Before Christmas……………………comp. & arr. Jerry Ascione
(Feat. Ms. Laura Knoy, Narrator & Ms. Kathleen Lyon-Pingree, Harp)

* I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm …………………arr. Paul Weston

* I Know Why……………………………….arr. Jerry Gray

# It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year………arr. Kay Thompson

# The Things We Did Last Summer……………arr. Jerry Ascione

# Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!………………..trans. Dan Gabel

+ Ave Maria…………………………………Franz Schubert
(Feat. Ms. Laura Poole, Soprano & Ms. Kathleen Lyon-Pingree, Solo Harp)

Sing We At Christmas (Sing-Along)……………………..arr. Jerry Ascione

Sleigh Ride/We Wish You A Merry Christmas…………….arr. Dave Wolpe
(*Liz Saunders, +Laura Poole, #CJ Poole)

 

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