17 October 2019 03:27
The Fling Barn began rocking again last month when events coordinator Libby Ratcliff announced its 2019 schedule, and the Saturday, July 13 concert appearance by the 18-piece Monday Night Big Band promises to be, in her words, "a swinging good time." Bob Hinklin is the director of the Monday Night Big Band, which he said has been playing tri-state venues for the past 26 years. "We played a lot of Sousa marches and things like that, and then a bunch of us got our horns out when school was out for the summer when one of our guys who had worked at Channel 5 for years said he had a six-drawer file cabinet full of big band arrangements." He said that was the springboard for what the Monday Night Big Band sounds like today, coupled with original arrangements from now-legendary names like Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Stan Kenton, Harry James, Les Brown and Tommy Dorsey. In addition to Saturday's concert at The Fling Barn, Hinklin said the band plays at park concerts, dances and weddings throughout Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, was the starring act last year in a hangar at Lunken Airport for a fundraiser for the Honor Flight Society, and is featured monthly at Latitudes bar and bistro on Beechmont Avenue in Anderson Township. Unlike most musicians who have their music and notes on digital tablets, he said one of the things that gives the band its distinctive flavor is the use of the original arrangements used in the 1930s and '40s that are still on paper, combined with more recent arrangements from the '60s and '70s. He said one of the things that gave former big bands their unique sound was their lead vocalist, and the Monday Night Big Bands' Julie Stinchcomb has a way of making the music of Gershwin, Cole Porter, Rogers and Hart and Irving Berlin her own.
"And the way Julie kisses it with her voice, it's not surprising that at Latitudes, we have people all the time request that she do Judy Garland's classic "Over the Rainbow." At Saturday's Fling Barn concert, he said the audience can look forward to a mix of swing music with some TV theme songs, contemporary takes on the classics and some pop tunes that they can sing along with or dance to. Ratcliff said the next major occasion at the Fling Barn is what she described as a "rock your wedding event" which will be on Aug. 3 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., featuring vendors for next year's brides and live music throughout the day and into the evening. The Monday Night Big Band is shown at a recent outdoor concert with vocalist Julie Stinchcomb and a couple enjoying the unique blend of swing and contemporary music. Renée Zellweger is hoping that Judy, her upcoming Judy Garland biopic, will help audiences better understand the pressures that the legendary singer and actor was up against in her tragic final year. In Zellweger's first interview about her anticipated role, the Oscar winner said that Garland, who died in 1969, crested professionally "in a time when women didn't necessarily feel that they had power over their own lives." Speaking to People, the actor said she prepared for the part by reading as much about Garland as possible—likely referencing how The Wizard of Oz star, though a chief MGM moneymaker in her screen heyday, was at the mercy of male studio heads, managers, and handlers, who reportedly guided her decisions, zapped her self-confidence, and put her on a track for substance addiction and financial duress. The actor also said she is hopeful that revisiting this stage of the singer's life will help audiences see Garland in new light. "When there's a better understanding of what it takes for a person to continue under certain circumstances," Zellweger told People, "there is a level of empathy and respect that you can't help but feel." "I don't know how these stories get started, but I do not approve nor sanction the upcoming film about Judy Garland in any way. This Utah-born, New York-based singer and pianist has found success with deeply-felt jazz songs, many of which he writes himself. Day has a new album — Broadway by Day — and is performing his music at venues in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. Early on, your options were either Disney movies or MGM musicals, so those MGM extravaganzas were my gateway to learning about really great songs at the age of 7. Of course, I lived for Judy Garland, who knew her way around a torch song. That said, sometimes if you sing in a sexy or romantic way, people want to envision themselves in a certain setting with you. It can be a profound act of activism to sing a song unapologetically and beautifully without a sense of irony, "Some day he'll come along/the man I love." I wrote kind of a love song for my boyfriend when I was in New York, that I think turned out beautifully. Being able to come back to the room over the last few months has let me explore that, trying out original songs for audiences, get immediate reactions. It always makes me happy to incorporate different styles and genres, but right now I am happiest honing the songs for our new record, Broadway by Day. I think we've found fun new ways to exploring show tunes from musicals that you wouldn't necessarily expect to hear in a jazz context, but still have their own logic. It's a classic movie setup, except that's not quite how Wild Rose, the exceptional new film out this week from director Tom Harper (War & Peace, Peaky Blinders), plays out. Yes, the movie follows a young woman attempting to pull herself out of problematic circumstances—in this case the astonishing Jessie Buckley as Rose-Lynn, a young mother just out of jail—by trading on her dreams of country music stardom. The film benefits from an impressive cast, including Julie Walters and Sophie Okonedo, but it's the Irish-born Buckley—she's also starring this year in HBO's Chernobyl and the upcoming Judy Garland biopic Judy—whose big, vulnerable, and captivating performance makes the movie feel like a must-see. In Wild Rose, you're playing a woman who's totally consumed by her passion for country music. For a few months before we were shooting, I would come to London every second weekend and meet up with our music supervisor and some of the people in the film. We shot all of the music live, and the places the band played in Glasgow on film actually exist.