New Flamingo Swing Orchestra; Thursday, July 18

New Flamingo Swing Orchestra
featuring Anthony Jones and Stella D’Oro

Thursday, July 18, 2013
Kuumbwa Jazz

The New Flamingo Swing Orchestra specializes in danceable, fun, swing era music. Led by saxophonist/arranger Richard Fenno, the eleven-piece ensemble has been a local mainstay since being re-instituted three years ago. Fenno’s involvement in the Santa Cruz music scene stretches back to his days as a UCSC student, starting in 1969. In the ’70s, he was performing around town in a number of aggregations, playing a wide range of jazz from the raucous Dixieland of Jake Stock’s Abalone Stompers to the sophisticated Latin rhythms of Sofrito. But, Fenno’s musical heart belongs to the glory years of the swing era, an era personified by his New Flamingo Swing Orchestra. Expect this evening to showcase new music in an intimate setting. A small amount of dance space will be available.

Originally from Massachusetts, Rich Fenno’s family moved to Southern California when he was only ten years old. His parents encouraged his musical talent, and Fenno chose the saxophone for his mode of expression. He first moved to Santa Cruz to attend UCSC, and also played in the Cabrillo College Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Lile Cruise. After graduation, he was off to New York to make his mark. His first major gig was with Stan Kenton’s big band, playing the baritone saxophone. Later, between gigs, when he was driving a taxi-cab to make ends meet, he was “recruited” by a couple of his fares who happened to be in the Glenn Miller Orchestra. After his stint with the Miller Orchestra, Fenno went on to tour with other legacy bands of the swing era, including the Modernaires, and vocalist Herb Jeffries whose signature song, Flamingo, was the eventual inspiration for the New Flamingo Swing Orchestra name.

The first version of the New Flamingo Swing Orchestra was born out of a single Musicians Performance Trust Fund concert in Los Angeles in 1980. As luck would have it, they were hired for a steady gig at the Los Angeles Playboy Club and the Flamingos were up and running as a working band. In 1997 Fenno moved to Austin, Texas, where he became part of the now internationally renowned South By Southwest (SXSW) music festival as a data base manager and booking agent. He formed the Original Recipe Band while in Austin – now run by his brother Jimmy – before heading back to what he considers his “real” home, Santa Cruz. In 2011 Fenno returned to town, bringing the swing era sound to a new generation of fans with the latest edition of the New Flamingo Swing Orchestra.

New Flamingo Swing Orchestra

DATE: Thursday, July 18, 2013
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $12/Adv $15/Door
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at:
MORE INFO: or 831-427-2227

Media contact:
Sandy Sloan
(831) 427-2227


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