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Jazz band salutes Big-Band era

The Big Band and Hit Parade melodies that regularly serenaded dancers at the Brant Inn, the beloved Burlington dance hall and nightclub on the shore of Lake Ontario, will echo once more when the Hamilton All Star Jazz Band presents Brant Inn Memories, a tribute to the Burlington showplace, in a gala concert Saturday, May 12, 7:30 p.m., Redeemer University College Auditorium, 777 Garner Rd. E. in Ancaster.

For 40 years, from the 1920s through the 1960s, the Brant Inn was entertainment central for Southern Ontario dancers and CBC radio listeners across Canada. Through the Depression and Second World War, spirits were lifted by the music of Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong, Mart Kenney, Ella Fitzgerald, Xavier Cugat, Benny Goodman and Guy Lombardo, who regularly played dances at the Brant Inn.

Now the classic music of these and other Brant Inn headliners will be featured, in a trip down Memory Lane. The evening will be hosted by CHCH-TV personality Alex Reynolds, who was the announcer on CBC remote broadcasts from the Burlington nightspot for four years.

The current Hamilton All Star Jazz Band is the 28th version under band founder and director Dr. Russ Weil and comprises 20 young musicians and two singers from area college, universities and high schools.

Tickets for the May 12 concert are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors or students and may be ordered online at or by calling 905- 648-9539.

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