Ken Lelen

Ken Lelen
Ken Lelen sings ragtime, jazz & swing and plays vintage acoustic guitars.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

                                            Big Band Idols
        Concert @ Whipple Senior Center — April 24, 2015 @ 1 pm
                  Hit songs of vocalists who fronted Big Bands, jazz combos and society orchestras
                                        Vintage acoustic guitars from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s
       Sponsors: Weymouth Elder Services and Weymouth Cultural Council, div. of MA Cultural Council

Clarinetist Benny Goodman and contingent
of Big Brass from his c. 1940 Jazz Orchestra
Weymouth Elder Services will offer a free concert by Ken Lelen at 1:00 pm on Friday April 24 2015 at Whipple Senior Center, 182 Green Street, Weymouth MA 02191.
     For an authentic back-in-the-day sound, vocalist and vintage guitarist Ken Lelen will sing jazz and swing hits from the Big Band Era and pair each song with a guitar made in the same period.
     With clever lyrics and memorable melodies, songs in Lelen's program were hits in the 1930s or 1940s for such vocalists as Frank Sinatra, Mildred Bailey, Helen Forest, Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Shore, Jo Stafford, Peggy Lee and many others. The singers often fronted Big Bands, jazz combos and society orchestras led by Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Les Brown, Glenn Miller, Teddy Wilson, Duke Ellington, Paul Whiteman, Count Basie, Ted Weems and many others.
     Co-sponsored by Weymouth Elder Services and Weymouth Cultural Council, the concert at Whipple Senior Center may include such favorite hits as:
Orchestra leader Tommy Dorsey with vocalist
Frank Sinatra at RCA Studios in 1941
     •  "I'll Never Smile Again" — vocalist Frank Sinatra with Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
     •  "Sentimental Journey" — vocalist Dinah Shore with Les Brown's Band of Renown
     •  "There I've Said It Again" — vocalist Vaughn Monroe and his band
     •  "Route 66" — vocalist Nat King Cole and his King Cole Trio
     •  "Heartaches" — Ted Weems Orchestra and whistler Elmo Tanner
     •  "They Can't Take That Away From Me" — vocalist Billie Holiday with Count Basie Band
Orchestra leader Benny Goodman and vocalist Peggy Lee
performing their 1943 hit, "Why Don't You Do Right?"

     •  "Why Don't You Do Right?" — vocalist Peggy Lee with Benny Goodman Orchestra
     •  "It's Been A Long, Long Time" — vocalist Bing Crosby with guitarist Les Paul
     •  "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" — Ink Spots
     •  "Moonglow"— clarinetist Artie Shaw and his band
     •  "Paper Doll" — Mills Brothers
     "Mr. Lelen is a genial performer, with a pleasant tenor," said New York Times. "The songs he plays will never go out of date."
     Lelen's program will trace some of the history and romance of the Big Band Era. To introduce the songs, he'll offer amusing anecdotes, savory musings or wry comments about the singers, songs, composers, band leaders and America in the 1930s and 1940s. 
     The musician will also display vintage acoustic guitars by Gibson, Martin, Regal, Schmidt and other U.S. firms. Each makes sound that is striking for its tone, character and sustain without use of pick-ups or electronic gimmicks.
     "People of all ages love these songs," Lelen said. "And they're pleasantly surprised by the robust sound and classy look of the vintage guitars."
Jazz pianist and band leader Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington, mid-1940s
      Info: 781-682-6140 and
©  2015 — Kenneth Lelen — All Rights Reserved

Friday, April 10, 2015

2015  Concert  Schedule

Feb   12      Pine Run Community, Doylestown PA            —     Legendary Love Songs
Mar   19      Country House, Wilmington DE                      —     Juke Joint Jive
Mar   26      Burlington Public Library                             —     Vintage Songs + Vintage Guitars
                  7 pm, 22 Sears St, Burlington MA 01803           —     781-270-1690
                  Burlington Reads 2015 — Orphan Train             —
                  Sponsors:    Friends of Burlington Library
                                     Digital Federal Credit Union
                                     Herb Chambers Honda
Apr   22       Retired Men's Club of Greendale                  —     Legendary Love Songs
                   9 am, 128 Providence, Worcester MA                —     Worcester Senior Center
Apr   23       Overlook Community, Charlton MA                —     When Love Was Nifty
Apr   24       Whipple Senior Center                                  —     Big Band Idols
                  1 pm, 182 Green St, Weymouth MA 02191         —    781-682-614
                  Sponsors:    Weymouth Elder Services
                                     Weymouth Cultural Council
                                     Massachusetts Cultural Council
May    5       Chelsea, West Milford NJ                                 —     Juke Joint Jive
May  18       Springmoor, Raleigh NC                                 —     Hollywood Souvenirs
May  19       Cypress, Raleigh NC                                       —     Broadway Mementos
May  20       Bermuda Village, Advance NC                        —     Love Was Nifty
May  21       Oaks, Orangeburg SC                                     —     Hollywood Souvenirs
May  22       Carlyle Place, Macon GA                                —     Broadway Mementos
June 19       Maplewood, West Yarmouth MA                      —     Sunny Side of the Street
June 21       Father's Day Concert                                    —     Big Band Idols
                  Fox Hill Village, Westwood MA
July  15       Homewood - Frederick MD                              —     Speak Easy Jazz
July  16       Shannondell - Ashcroft, Audubon PA                —     Radio Ramblers
Sept   2       Heath Village, Hackettstown NJ                       —     When Love Was Nifty
Sept  18      Lake Prince Woods, Suffolk VA                        —     Folk Song Boomers
Sept  25      OceanView, Falmouth ME                                 —     Folk Song Boomers
Sept  27      Maplewood, West Yarmouth MA                        —     T B A
Sept  28      Holden Senior Center                                     —     A Fine Romance
                  1 pm, 1130 Main St, Holden MA 01520                —    508-210-5570 
                  Sponsor:    Holden Council on Aging
Oct     6       Wesley Enhanced Living - Doylestown PA       —     Big Band Idols
Oct   13       Village @ St Barnabas, Gibsonia PA                 —     Big Band Idols
Oct   19       Pomperaug Woods, Southbury CT                   —     When Love Was Nifty
Oct   20       Arbors, Manchester CT                                     —     Hollywood Souvenirs
Oct   21       Overlook Community, Charlton MA                  —     One Who Got Away
Nov    2       Shannondell - Bradford, Audubon PA                —     When Love Was Nifty
Nov    9       Lakewood Manor, Richmond VA                       —     Big Band Idols
Nov  10       Cypress, Raleigh NC                                         —     Hollywood Souvenirs
Nov  21       Veteran's Day Concert                                    —     A Fine Romance
                  Bermuda Village, Advance NC
Nov  12       Oaks, Orangeburg SC                                       —     When Love Was Nifty 
Nov  16       Springmoor, Raleigh NC                                   —     Broadway Mementos
Dec  27       Applewood Estates, Freehold NJ                      —     Love Was Nifty

                                      ©  2015 — Kenneth Lelen — All Rights Reserved