Larry Wagner is the host of Portraits in Swing (Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.)
A note from Larry:
January 1, 2013 will be the start of my 15th year of creating shows for Portraits in Swing. It always has and still remains a labor of Love for me to play the music I truly Love and Enjoy, Big Band Swing. From the first time I heard a Glen Miller LP on my families Hi Fi, I have loved this music. I remember playing alto saxophone in a Big Band in my late teens and the thrill of the music surrounding me, still brings back great memories. There is a reason why they call it the Golden Age of Swing and that is because it identifies a time for people that was special in their Lives. Maybe a Loved one was going off to WW II. Maybe they had their first romance at the Trianon Ballroom in Toledo. Or they might have been standing in person at the Blue Room of the Café Rouge in the Hotel Lincoln in New York listening and dancing to Artie Shaw. What ever the memory swing was and always will remain special.
I will continue to play the Icons of swing. Glen Miller, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, etc. My goal is to try some new things. Many of you know I am incorporating interviews with local Jazz Musicians and playing their music. I have interviewed and featured Morgen Stigler, Lori Lefevre Johnson, Jeff McDonald. My goal for future interviews will be with people such as the Four Freshman, Jon Hendricks, the Toledo Jazz Orchestra and hopefully many others you will enjoy. The swing by request program, my favorite, will continue. Please as I close, visit our Portraits in Swing web site and WWW.WGTE.ORG and add your comments about past shows or what you might like to hear in the future. My thanks and Love to all of you for your support of Portraits in Swing.