The Jerry Blake Orchestra
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Directed by Jim Maffett, this nationally known orchestra, based in Las Vegas but touring Nevada, Utah, Arizona, California, maintains the spirit of the big-band era as they re-create the music of stars such as Benny Goodman, Harry James, Artie Shaw, Glenn Miller, the Dorseys, Guy Lombardo, Les Brown, Jan Garber, Lawrence Welk, and many more. Some of the music and styles featured by the Jerry Blake Orchestra include swing numbers, mambos, cha-chas, rhumbas, merengues, sambas, polkas, waltzes, tangos, and beautiful ballads. A three-time winner of the prestigious 'Best Dance Band Award' from the National Ballroom Operators of America, the orchestra continues to please listeners and dancers both on and off the Las Vegas Strip.
For the contemporary audience, everything old is new again. The older crowd recaptures the past, but the younger generation has discovered a nostalgia for a time they never knew--a kind of romance from the movies they've never found in real life. It brings back the sound of a music so tender, a memory ever green...music that puts the girl back in your arms. Come dance to the music of The Jerry Blake Orchestra. For booking information contact:
9117 Dolente Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89129
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Swing band leader Jerry Blake, who arranged music for the dance bands of Lawrence Welk and Wayne King, died October 27, 2000 of congestive heart disease in Las Vegas, his family said. He was 80.
Blake was born Marvin W. Voigt and spent much of his career leading bands in the Milwaukee area. Vocalists who performed with his bands included Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Dennis Day and Fabian.
The ballroom where Blake's band was featured for 18 years closed in 1968. By 1980, he moved to Las Vegas, leading an orchestra for 15 years at Arizona Charlie's casino and occasionally the Santa Fe. He staged a farewell performance at Arizona Charlie's last New Year's Eve.
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