By Amanda Hatfield Anderson
BREVARD -- As the Space Coast adjusts to a milder climate, the Swingtime Jazz Band celebrates the coming of fall.
On Wednesday, Oct. 9 and Thursday, Oct. 10, the 20-piece portion of the Melbourne Municipal Band will host "Autumn Nocturne" at the Melbourne Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the concert beginning at 7:30 p.m.
There is no charge for the concert, and tickets are not required.
"It does seem that each season has its own 'sound' associated with it," said Art Martin, conductor. "Autumn, especially, represents a transition to activities and traditions that bring us closer together, as well as changes in the weather. Many musical selections are written to reflect this in both title and in the feel of the music, such as 'Autumn Leaves,' one of the selections that we will be playing."
Song selections of the Swingtime Jazz Band's musical tribute to autumn, include "Autumn in New York," "The Way You Look Tonight," "Night & Day" and "Harlem Nocturne," which will feature Mr. Martin on Alto Sax. Popular vocalists Sally Hart and Len Fallen will also be featured in "Autumn Nocturne."
Guests are encouraged to arrive when the doors open at 6:30 p.m. to enjoy pre-show entertainment by the Adagio Sax Quartet.
"The Adagio Sax Quartet is a small ensemble to the MMB and one of the newest and -- we think -- most exciting combos on the Space Coast," Mr. Martin said. "The quartet's repertoire consists of music from the Great American Songbook, blues, Dixieland, rags and classical. The quartet balances the fast and flashy pieces with sweet and beautiful pieces. There's something for everyone."
In addition to excellent music, concert-goers will be able to participate in a raffle, which will be held both evenings. For the Oct. 9 concert, The Melting Pot restaurant has donated a $100 gift certificate and, for the Oct. 10 concert, the Red Lobster restaurant has donated a $100 gift certificate, as well.
Mr. Martin, who has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the New Jersey Unit of the International Association for Jazz Education and a Distinguished Service Award from the International Association of Jazz Education, is very excited to welcome in the first stirrings of fall in Florida with the Swingtime Jazz Band.
"Our October concert is always a very popular one and a great way for our audience members to welcome the fall season with some music that reminds us of the autumn days ahead, or transports us back in time to happy fall memories," Mr. Martin said. "Our Swingtime musicians are really looking forward to presenting this concert for our patrons. It's an opportunity to be a part of an evening of great music, by one of the top bands in the Southeast, and it's free of charge."
The Swingtime Jazz Band will host "Autumn Nocturne" on Wedneday, Oct. 9 and Thursday, Oct. 10 at the Melbourne Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the concert beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Pre-show entertainment will be provided by the Adagio Sax Quartet.
There is no charge for the concert. and tickets are not required.
The Melbourne Auditorium is located at 625 Hibiscus Blvd., Melbourne.
Call (321 724-0555 or visit www.melbournemunicipalband.org.