Groton Hill Big Band

Jerry Sabatini, Director

Thursday, April 27, 2023 at 7:30pm

Meadow Hall at Groton Hill


Hello (from “Central City Sketches” Suite)
Benny Carter
Featuring: Richard Allen–piano, Cody Lagasse–tenor sax, Warren Anderson–trumpet, Ken Willinger–guitar

Struttin’ With Some Barbecue
Lillian Hardin Armstrong/arr. Mike Tomaro
Featuring: Fran Morello–trombone, Cody Lagasse–tenor sax

Speak Low
Kurt Weill and Ogden Nash/arr. Bob Curnow
Featuring: Fran Morello–trombone, Ken Willinger–guitar

Fly Me To The Moon
Bart Howard/arr. Sammy Nestico
Featuring: Russell Watts–vocals

Alright, Okay, You Win
Mayme Watts and Syd Wyche/transcr. Myles Collins
Featuring: Russell Watts–vocals, Fran Morello–trombone, Ken Willinger–guitar, Dan Gilfix–drums

JJJ Blues
Tim Davies
Featuring: Richard Allen–piano, Ken Willinger–guitar, Rob Haupt–soprano sax, Dan Gilfix–drums

In A Sentimental Mood
Duke Ellington/arr. Herb Pomeroy
Featuring: Leslie Lathrop–baritone sax

Chick Corea 
Featuring: Warren Anderson–flugelhorn, Russell Watts–vocals, Richard Allen–piano, Joe Canedo–tenor sax


Lili’s Song
SSG Paul White–Jazz Ambassadors, United States Army Field Band
Featuring: Richard Allen–piano, Cody Lagasse–tenor sax

Duke Ellington/arr. David Berger
Featuring: Joe Canedo–tenor sax

Clare Fischer/arr. Bill Dobbins
Featuring: Richard Allen–piano

Wayne Shorter/arr. Matt Harris
Featuring: Ken Willinger–guitar, Dan Gilfix–drums, Rob Haupt–soprano sax

Nostalgia in Times Square Charles Mingus/arr. Sy Johnson
Featuring: JP Lanctot–trombone, Warren Anderson–trumpet, Joe Canedo–tenor sax

When Sunny Gets Blue
Marvin Fisher and Jack Segal/ arr. Rich Matteson
Featuring: Russell Watts–vocals, Rob Haupt–alto sax

Let The Good Times Roll
Sam Theard and Fleecie Moore/arr. Mark Taylor
Featuring: Russell Watts–vocals, Ken Willinger–guitar, Jerry Sabatini–trumpet

Members of the Groton Hill Big Band

Director: Jerry Sabatini

Russell Watts

Rhythm Section
Richard Allen – piano
Ken Willinger – guitar
Charlie Recchia – bass
Dan Gilfix – drums

Rob Haupt – alto sax, soprano sax, clarinet
Randall Warniers – alto sax
Cody Lagasse – tenor sax
Joe Canedo – tenor sax
Leslie Lathrop – baritone sax

Fran Morello – trombone
JP Lanctot – trombone
Eric Fisher – trombone
Gregory Yanchenko – bass trombone
Dave Grubbs – trumpet, flugelhorn
Ed Strachan – trumpet, flugelhorn
Warren Anderson – trumpet, flugelhorn
Bill McDonald – trumpet, flugelhorn

About Our Director: Jerry Sabatini

Jerry Sabatini

As director of the Groton Hill Big Band, Jerry Sabatini shares his love of American Big Band music with his students. “Every song in this wonderfully diverse repertoire has its own unique personality, which includes an historical perspective and stylistic nuances that I strive to make the musicians aware of,” he says. “I really want the band to love what they are playing and to try to find their own ‘voices’ in the music.” Jerry has gained wide recognition in the Boston jazz scene as an adventurous, creative, and diverse trumpet player, improviser, composer, arranger and educator. His musical projects range from the music of traditional combos, Big Band and avant garde jazz, Roma brass bands, Middle Eastern, and Indian classical to modern classical, American pop, rock, soul, and funk. Jerry has performed and recorded in the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East with some of Boston’s most innovative bands as well as leading his own progressive jazz ensemble, Sonic Explorers.