“A Night to Remember at Carnegie Hall” … by Arnie Koch

On November 1976,  drummer  Danny D’Imperio joined  Woody Herman’s “Thundering Herd” for a 40th Anniversary Concert at Carnegie Hall.  It was in November, 1936 that the fledgling Herman crew, newly- constructed from musicians from the disbanded Isham Jones orchestra, played its first job at the Roseland in Brooklyn.
As the “Alumni Herd” gathered at the rehearsal studio, a jazz columnist  described the scene: Continue reading

Those Were the Days…By Arnie Koch

Most of  top jazz clubs have long since faded away, but not from our memories.  In Boston, there was the Hi Hat at Massachusetts and Columbus Avenues where Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Lester Young and Roy Eldridge frequently appeared and Symphony Sid did his nightly broadcasts over WCOP. Nearby was The Savoy which featured more traditional jazz  as did Storyville in the basement of the Buckminster Hotel in Kenmore .  It was run by former BU student and jazz impresario, George Wein, who later founded the Newport Jazz Festival. The clubs provided work for many future stars such as George Benson who appeared at Estelle’s on Tremont St. I can remember going to Paul’s Mall on Boylston Street and seeing Bette Midler with a young accompanist named Barry Manilow. Continue reading

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Meet our resident Blogger…

Keep up with big band news, stories and history with our blogger, Arnold “Arnie” Koch, former manager of the famous Salt City 5/6 band. For almost the entire two decades of their existence, beginning as their Talent Scout on Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts, Arnie Koch was the Salt City Five/Six Personal Manager. Under his management, the band had four recording contracts (Jubilee, MGM, Roulette and Audiophile) and two major talent agencies: Music Corporation of America and Associated Booking Corp. They played in about every major jazz club in the U.S. During this time, Arnie managed to represent Roy Liberto’s Bourbon St. Six, and Red Richard’s and Vic Dickenson’s Saints and Sinners.Fortunately for his family, Arnie never had to give up his day job with General Electric in public relations. (Photo of Salt City 5/6 members, left to right: Arnie, Don, Will & Jack)