Flagpole Radio Café Press Release
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November 16, 2010
NEWTOWN RESIDENT ROGER BALL
TO PERFORM WITH
THE ROGER BALL QUINTET
ON DECEMBER 4 AT
THE FLAGPOLE RADIO CAFÉ
Newtown, CT - the
Newtown Cultural Arts Commission is pleased to announce that the Roger Ball Quintet will be the
guest artist for the December 4th edition of The Flagpole Radio Café. Roger Ball is a resident of Newtown who
may be remembered as a founding member of the acclaimed jazz funk ensemble the Average White Band. Tickets
are now on sale at www.flagpoleproductions.org
. The show begins at 7pm at the Edmond Town Hall in Newtown,
CT. Ticket prices are $18 for adults, $15
for students and senior citizens. If
further information is needed, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Executive Producer Martin Blanco remarked, “I remember listening to
the Average White Band in my youth. Not only were they an integral part of the
popular music landscape of the time, but their music helped introduce jazz to a
generation of listeners. Roger Ball is a great saxophone player
and yet another accomplished artist who resides in Newtown. We are excited to
have his ensemble perform in our show and help us celebrate the holiday season.”
Roger Ball has been playing jazz and funk to international audiences
for over thirty years. In addition to
playing the saxophone, Mr. Ball is a
keyboardist, composer and arranger. The Roger Ball Quintet comprises his
excellent alto sax, John Fumasoli on
trombone, Nick Bariluk on piano, Henry Lugo on bass, and Thierry Arpino on drums, performing an
exciting mix of jazz in a funk vein, jazz standards and original songs.
While studying architecture at the
Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, he met Malcolm “Molly” Duncan
and Alan Gorrie. The three of them relocated to London and later joined forces
in 1971 with Onnie McIntyre, Hamish Stuart and Robbie McIntosh to form the
highly acclaimed and much beloved
Average White Band.
These six Scots were an unlikely group to be
successful playing American-styled funk, but went on to be nominated for three
Grammy Awards in the Rhythm & Blues category. Mr. Ball
was the principal composer of "Pick up the Pieces" which topped
the US Billboard charts in February of 1975, as did "Cut the Cake"
that same year. "Pick up the
Pieces" has since been covered by many musicians and used in television
programs, films and commercials. He went
on to co-write a total of forty-three songs for the Average White Band, many of
which have been sampled and used by musicians including the Beastie Boys, TLC,
Too Short, Ice Cube and Arrested Development.
This past summer, he and "Molly" Duncan, also known as The
Dundee Horns, reunited for a performance in his home country of Scotland.
forming Average White Band, Mr. Ball was a session musician in
London, arranging and playing for Badfinger, Kiki Dee and Elton John, Mama
Cass, Bryan Ferry, Roxy Music and many others. He has performed on stage with
Chaka Khan and Marvin Gaye. As an arranger with Average White Band, he wrote and played with the incomparable
Brecker Brothers, Michael and Randy Brecker.
Roger Ball’s roots in jazz extend back
to his teenage years, playing in traditional jazz bands. In 1995 he released his first solo album, Street Struttin' and, in 2005, his
second CD, Childsplay. This past summer, he and "Molly"
Duncan, also known as The Dundee Horns, reunited for a performance in his home
country of Scotland. He lives here in
Newtown with his wife and son.
For those not acquainted with
The Flagpole Radio Café, it is an engaging variety show created by
Jim Allyn, Martin Blanco and Barbara Gaines in conjunction with the
Newtown Cultural Arts Commission. It features music by
Jim Allyn and the Flagpole Radio Café Orchestra, a dynamic ensemble created for
the show, and radio style comedy sketches by the hyperbolically named Flagpole Shakespeare Repertory Theatre.
The Flagpole Radio Cafe is hosted by musician and radio personality
Chris Teskey, who also broadcasts the show on his celebrated program on WPKN radio.
Each show features a musical guest artist such as Peter Yarrow,
Vanesse Thomas, Phil Bowler
and Yale’s internationally acclaimed male choir The Whiffenpoofs.