Swing Dance! Sol Yaged Memorial & Record Release Show with Tino Valpa Orchestra
Join us for a swing dance commemorating the life of Sol Yaged (1922-2019) featuring the Tino Valpa Orchestra. Sol Yaged was a NYC jazz clarinetist and big band/swing legend who played the clarinet from 1935 until his death in 2019. Throughout his prolific career he played alongside countless greats: Benny Goodman, Gene Krupa, Coleman Hawkins, Lionel Hampton, Count Basie just to name a few. He played clarinet for a living playing NINE shows a week for most of his life. Every night until the wee hours of the morning plus 2 brunch gigs on the weekend. He was a staple in the NYC jazz/swing community and will be missed greatly.
In recent years, Sol befriended Tino Valpa of Pine Hill Records. The two hit it off right away which not only led to Pine Hill Records reissuing Sols debut 1956 album It Might As Well Be Swing but took it a whole step further with introducing new material. The two recorded a brand new album together called Sol Yaged And Tino Valpa: Your Wish Is My Command that comes out 8/23/19. Its the only Sol Yaged studio album since 1956 and is the final thing Sol played on before his May 2019 death. We are saddened that Sol cannot be with us for the record release show but we do this in his honor. Join us for a memorial set featuring material from the new album Your Wish Is My Command as well as other swing classics. The set will be performed by the Tino Valpa orchestra featuring other members that performed on this record including Marc McElroy and Bryan Campbell. Opening the show will be Ray DeMarco & Friends.
What do you get when you mix two different musicians from totally different backgrounds who are nearly 70 years apart in age? The result is Your Wish Is My Command a high energy album that connects the dots between swing and punk rock. This unexpected pair consists of Sol Yaged: a 95-year old NYC jazz legend teaming up with Tino Valpa: a 28-year old punk rocker from New Hampshire, vocalist of The Cryptics. Sol Yaged was a Manhattan-based clarinetist whose legendary career included performing with every 1940s & 50s big band great you can think of. He started playing clarinet in 1935 and played up until his death at 96 years old in May 2019. Tino Valpa had befriended Sol in recent years which led to the Pine Hill Records reissue of Sols debut album It Might As Well Be Swing from 1956. It was then that Tino approached Sol about recording some new material, to which Sol immediately accepted and even came up with the title Your Wish Is My Command. Within days Tino wrote the songs, recorded the basic tracks then headed down to NYC to record Sols parts. The first four tracks are the new recordings followed by a live set from 1972 that was sitting around on a reel-to-reel in Sols apartment. They decided to get it converted and it came out great. You get to hear Sol in his prime with a top notch backing band, ripping through tracks like The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise at blazing punk rock speeds. This album also features Harry Sheppard, Sols vibraphonist that played with him in the 1950s who gladly partook in this recording. At 90 years old Harry is still performing regularly to this day. This album is the ONLY other Sol Yaged studio recording besides his 1956 debut album It Might As Well Be Swing making it 63 years between albums! What?! How?! Sol Yaged will always be remembered for his true passion for music. A man that played clarinet 7 nights a week and earned his entire living doing what he loves. What Sol, Harry & Tino did together represents total unity, friendship, and similarity between musicians regardless of background. The album is here enjoy it! The pressing is very limited: 200 LPs (100 white, 100 blue) and 300 CDs. Order @ PineHillRecords.com
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