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Trombonist Russ Little featured in 'Bad to the Bone'

Award-winning trombonist Russ Little will be the featured soloist with the Richey Community Orchestra Big Band on Sunday at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Port Richey.

The program, called "Bad to the Bone," includes the RCO Big Band doing In the Mood, April in Paris and other songs made famous by trombone greats Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and Warren Covington.

Little, a native of Toronto and a member of Canada's rock orchestra called Lighthouse, was named Jazz Trombonist of the Year in 2007 at the National Jazz Awards held in Canada.

He was lead trombonist in the Woody Herman Orchestra in the late 1960s and played with the Count Basie Orchestra after that.

In the 1970s, he performed with "Boss Brass" and was conductor/arranger for the CBC, CTV and Global television networks in Canada.

In the United States, he wrote and conducted for NBC, ABC, NFL Football and the SCTV comedy series, where he worked closely with comics Eugene Levy, Martin Short and the late John Candy.

Little has released three albums, the latest being On the Shoulders of Giants in 2008.

The full Richey Community Orchestra's next show is on Feb. 14 at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge. Featured performer will be trumpet player Charly Raymond in "Musique d'Amour." (Raymond replaces previously announced performer David Pruyn.)

On March 14, soprano Susan Falcone and tenor Robert Lischetti will be featured in "Viva Italia!" at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge.

And on April 18, singers Randi Olsen and Jason Yungmann will be featured in "The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber" at the center.

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If you go

What: Richey Community Orchestra Big Band, "Bad to the Bone"

Where: Knights of Columbus Hall, 5850 K of C Drive, Port Richey (turn east off U.S. 19 one block south of its intersection with Ridge Road)

When: Sunday. Bar, food and desserts at 2 p.m., at an additional cost; show at 3 p.m.

Tickets: $15, reserved seating at tables of 10, reservations required. Call (727) 919-3866 or visit the orchestra office, 6827 Amberjack Lane, Hudson.

Trombonist Russ Little featured in 'Bad to the Bone' 01/14/10 [Last modified: Thursday, January 14, 2010 5:19pm]
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