Celebrating a renown singer

  • Bing Crosby’s songs will be performed in a concert by Clayton Poole Orchestra. File

  • American entertainers Bob Hope, right, and Bing Crosby, left, stand with New York Mayor John V. Lindsay at a formal opening of the new Madison Square Garden, in New York, on Feb. 11, 1968. Hope and Crosby starred in a benefit performance for United Service organizations. (AP Photo) —AP

Monitor staff
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Tunes of American pop singing icon Bing Crosby will echo through theatre halls on Sunday, as “A Memoir to Bing Crosby: Celebrating an American Original” is performed at the Concord City Auditorium.

Crosby, known for his warm, bass-baritone voice, was among the most popular and successful musical acts of the 20th century, having sold more than 1 billion records, tapes and CDs around the world.

Planning for the show has been in the works for more than a year, said Clayton “Skip” Poole, music director of the Capital Jazz Orchestra.

“We are doing this show on the 40th anniversary of his death and it also coincides with the 88th anniversary of his first solo recording,” Poole said. “The timing of it is quite meaningful in that the show is Sunday, Oct. 15, and Bing recorded his very first solo recording on Oct. 14, 1929. He died on Oct. 14, 1977.”

Famous hits by Crosby including “Brother Can You Spare A Dime,” “When the Blue of the Night Meets the Gold of the Day” and “Moonlight Becomes You” will be featured during the show.

And although it won’t be the real voice of the late and great original crooner, the tribute performance will be sure to impress.

The Capital Jazz Orchestra does not perform “impersonations” of any artist, Poole said.

“We feel this is not only an ultimately impossible task, but in a larger sense, people leave disappointed whenever this is attempted because there will never be another like the original, this is especially true in Bing’s case. Rather, we pay tribute to the man, his music and his rich legacy,” he said.

CJ Poole, son of Clayton Poole, will be the vocalist performing Bing’s music, backed by the Clayton Poole Orchestra.

Crosby’s trademark voice may be tough to match, but the directors had no trouble choosing a vocalist.

“This was an easy choice not only because CJ has been featured in other shows we have done, but he also has an amazing talent for interpretation of this era of great American music,” Poole said of his son.

All of the arrangements of the legendary artist’s music have been especially arranged for the show by pianist and former Navy Commodores band leader Jerry Ascione, Poole said. Ascione lives in Washington, D.C.

Orchestra members set to perform in Concord on Sunday are from all around the country: New York, New England, Ohio, and Washington, D.C.

The crew will come together for a quick rehearsal the day of the show, said Poole, and then return back to their homes after the show is completed.

To find out more about the world-renowned orchestra members who will be at the Audi on Sunday, you can read their bios at capitaljazz

The show will begin at the Concord City Auditorium on Sunday at 4 p.m. Tickets cost between $28 and $38, and can be purchased at the Audi box office or online at ccanh.com.