The Flagpole Radio Café

    is a lively variety show presented by Flagpole Productions™
in association with the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission

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Program for December 4, 2010 with Roger Ball

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Flagpole Radio Cafe Theme, Saturday at the Old Town Hall
A Word from Our Sponsor
Old Train
A Christmas Carol
Baby It’s Cold Outside
Holiday Songs

Special guest The Roger Ball Quintet
Part 1,  Part 2,  Part 3,  Part 4,  Part 5

Flagpole Radio News
Real News from the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission
Theme Time
The Relics of St. Nicholas
Garden of Time
Holiday Preparations
Jingle Bells
Theme song reprise

Saturday at the Old Town Hall, Millinocket and Garden of Time
music and lyrics by Jim Allyn

Roger Ball - saxophone, Thierry Arpino - drums, Nick Bariluk - piano,
John Fumasoli - trombone, Henry Lugo - bass

ROGER BALL has been playing jazz and funk to international audiences for over thirty years. 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 the highly acclaimed and much beloved Average White Band .

Roger 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. Before forming AWB, Roger 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 AWB he wrote and played with the incomparable Brecker Brothers, Michael and Randy Brecker.

His 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. He cites his influences on saxophone as Johnny Hodges, John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley and arranger Oliver Nelson. 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.

Jim Allyn, Rick Brodsky, Howie Bujese, Dick Neal, Chris Teskey
with Francine Wheeler

Martin Blanco, Barbara Gaines, Kate Katcher, David Wheeler

Written by Martin Blanco

with Jim Allyn, Barbara Gaines, Kate Katcher, John Morogiello,
Greg van Antwerp, and David Wheeler

  • Sound Engineers
  • Stage Manager
  • Box Office
  • General Manager
  • Graphic Design
  • David Shugarts, Dan Williamson
  • Ann Hithcock
  • Jennifer Johnston
  • Richard Gaines
  • David Wheeler

For those not acquainted with The Flagpole Radio Café, it is an engaging variety show created by Martin Blanco, Barbara Gaines and Jim Allyn 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.