WHAT: Live music performance of the 48th Street Big Band, directed by Roger Rhodes and Glen Daum, featuring arrangements from the Al Porcino collection
WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 8 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Local 802
WHY: Fundraiser for the Local 802 Musicians’ Emergency Relief Fund.
ADMISSION: Donate what you want. All donations will help your fellow Local 802 members who are in need. Checks and credit cards accepted at the door. Or donate anytime at
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The 48th Street Big Band came together a little over a year ago as the brainchild of engineer and bass player Roger Rhodes when he received permission to use arrangements from the collection of the late Al Porcino from Al’s widow, Erna Tom. Al and Roger had been friends since 1971 when Roger played bass in Al’s New York band, eventually backing up Mel Tormé at the Maisonette at the St. Regis Hotel in 1974. Soon after, Al moved to Munich, Germany, where he began his own very successful big band.
Although Roger had collected arrangements back in the 60s, he enlisted his friend and colleague, arranger/composer Glen Daum, to join him with charts that he had both collected and written so there would a real variety for the players. The book now consists of charts written by the most renowned arrangers in the business: Bob Brookmeyer, Billy Byers, Al Cohn, Bill Holman, Thad Jones, Tiny Kahn, Johnny Mandel, and Frank Wess, to name just a few!
First called the Daum-Rhodes Big Band, the name was changed to reflect the setting of their rehearsals – 48th Street – the site of Local 802. They meet once a month for several hours in the union’s large club room (which was once home to A&R Recording Studios). The musicians, many of whom also perform in Broadway orchestras, enjoy the diversion and the challenge of reading new charts every month. Now, on Dec. 8, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., that monthly rehearsal will culminate in a benefit performance for the Local 802 Musicians’ Emergency Relief Fund. This fund supports musicians going through hard times, whether financially, physically or emotionally. We ask for your support. All donations are tax deductible. Checks and credit cards will be accepted at the door. Or donate anytime at www.local802erf.org. We know you will get as much joy listening to these gifted musicians as they get playing for you. We look forward to seeing you there!