Winter Park begins High-Note Thursdays |

Winter Park begins High-Note Thursdays

by Cyndi Palmer
Sky-Hi Daily News

The entire family is invited out to enjoy the sounds of The Manhattan Swing Band, which kicks off the Winter Park/Fraser Valley of Commerce’ High-Note Thursdays next week.

The 10-piece band consists of owners Rich Italiano and Lloyd Bowen, and members Jack LaForte, Jack Frederickson, Rich Maul, John Bennett, Glen Shull, Daryl Goes, Toby Daly and Jill Frederickson.

Italiano, a self-proclaimed Sinatra wanna-be and previous Red Vest Inn night club owner, started the group with Bowen about a year and a half ago. Prompted by a musician at his club who said if he thought it was easy, to try the stage for himself, Italiano said he “took that challenge and made it my life’s work.” The lead vocalist for The Manhattan Swing Band, he said he’s never made a lot of money doing it, but that it is his true passion.

“There’s no thrill like it in the world,” he said.

Bowen is the group’s conductor, plays trumpet, and is the owner of all the original charts for the Big-Band-era band (inspired by such musicians as Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey and Woody Herman). On saxophone, from famed band the Hot Tomatoes, are LaForte (tenor), Jack Frederickson (lead alto), and Maul (baritone). Bennett plays trumpet for the band, Shull plays trombone, Goes “As the world turns, Daryl Goes,” said to be one of the top drummers of Colorado who played with the Stan Kenton band, will be playing percussion; Daly plays electric bass, and the “marvelous” Jill Frederickson (Jack’s daughter), will be on keys.

The group, from a pool of what Italiano and Bowen call the “‘A’ Musicians of Denver” are oft-time the house band (as is their other band, an 18-piece swing band, called Nostalgia) at big events at Lowry Field, especially during the Wings Over the Rockies events. Italiano says the group loves to play for audiences from the WWII era, but they also get a great kick out of playing for kids who have never been exposed to big band music who find out they really like it. He said he hopes next Thursday’s crowd has a lot of fun, that The Manhattan Swing Band’s sound “makes ’em feel good,” and that they “get up and dance.”

Two stages will be going all weekend at the La Vita e’Bella Italian Festival at Winter Park Resort with great Italian music July 11. The Rich Italiano Quintet (Italiano, LaForte and a rhythm section) will be a featured performance 4 to 7 p.m. and musician Russ Canino will be performing at the festival 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Other Thursday High-Note concerts include Lipbone Redding July 17, local high-energy bluegrass band Hunker Down July 24, Holden Young July 31, Wendy Wood Trio Aug. 7 (in conjunction with the Concrete Rodeo Competition at the skate park) and the Delta Sonics Aug. 14.