LB - Home Furnishings Direct Black Friday

Home | Contact Us | Art & Gallery Guide | Submit Event | Verde News | Villager | Circulars | Today's Ads | Kudos 4 Kids Arts and Entertainment News Guide | Sedona, Az.
Art & ExhibitsBooks & LiteratureNightlife & DatebookFood & DiningMusicMoviesOn StageSee & Do

home : nightlife & datebook : nightlife & datebook November 24, 2015

Nightlife header art

7/2/2012 9:01:00 AM
Big Band tribute to honor Sedona's Greg Aitken
Greg Aitken
Greg Aitken

Chris Counelis, band leader for Swing Shift, named his band after Greg Aitken, a former Sedona musician (known for his saxophone playing and music teaching) who passed away last December. 

Greg was a major influence in Chris' career.  Chris formed a new band using Greg's performing band name "Swing Shift" with the music influence of the Big Band era.

The list of big bands and big bandleaders spans over 70 years of recorded jazz history, roughly from 1935 to the present day. During the Big Band era there were many territorial bands and sweet bands that played a more commercial brand of dance music. 

Chris is bringing Big Band Music to Sedona on July 4 at the new Sound Bites Grill for a fun evening from the Jazz and Swing Era consisting of rhythm, brass, and woodwind in his seven-piece band.

Greg's memories carry on with the band and Chris and Sound Bites Grill will be celebrating him on July 4th with music from the finest jazz musicians in the business including Benny Goodman (the King of Swing), Dizzy Gillespie, Cozy Cole, Milt Hinton, Jonah Jones and Illinois Jacquet will be performed. 

Band members include Gary Regina, David Mills, Darren Burns, and Kevin McQuaid just to name a few.  Sound Bites Grill will be having a 4th of July Party with food, dancing and fun swing music.

Proceeds from the evening will be donated to the Aitken family for the children's education. For more information please call 928-282-2713.

    Most Viewed     Recently Commented
•   Eve and Co. to jazz it up at Four Eight Wineworks

•   Celebrating the Eagles with 'South of Winslow'

•   Full musical menu this week at Sound Bites

•   Met Live Opera season continues with 'Lulu'

•   New movies this week

Article Comment Submission Form
Comments are not posted immediately. Submissions must adhere to our Use of Service Terms of Use agreement. Rambling or nonsensical comments may not be posted. Comments are limited to Facebook character limits. In order for us to reasonably manage this feature we may limit excessive comment entries.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Last Name:
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.

Advanced Search
search sponsored by
Kudos Pickup Location

HSE - Like us on Facebook button
HSE - We want to hear from you
HSE - twitter follow us button

LB - Coldwell Banker 1019

Home | Contact Us | News Tip | RSS | e-News | Site Map | Art & Gallery Guide
© Copyright 2015 Verde Valley Newspapers, Inc. is the entertainment news information source and guide for Sedona, AZ, Cottonwood and Verde Valley area communities in Northern Arizona. Original content may not be reprinted or distributed without the written permission of Western News&Info, Inc.® Verde News Online is a service of WNI. By using the Site, ®, you agree to abide and be bound by the Site's terms of use and Privacy Policy, which prohibit commercial use of any information on the Site. Click here to submit your questions, comments or suggestions. Verde News Online is a proud publication of Western News&Info Inc.® All Rights Reserved.

Software © 1998-2015 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved