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Some of our recent Clients: Lark in the Park
Diamonhead's Camellia Ball Foundation for Historical Louisiana Gala for the Crown Prince of Norway Silver Slipper Casino Benefit for Ozanam Inn Slidell Memorial Hospital's Masquerade Ball Hearts & Roses Gala St. Bernard Arts in April World War II Museum Leif Pedersen sings with The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra White Linen Nights On the Town
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Return to the glory days of music and listen to the classic big band sounds of:
Leif Pedersen's 1944 Big Band
For the past twenty-five years, Leif Pedersen has provided listening and dancing entertainment for many of the top social events, festivals and conventions in New Orleans, both with his big band, SWING, and as featured vocalist with The Al Belletto Big Jazz Band. Clients have included the Opera Ball, Scholars for Dollars, the SweetArts Ball, Audubon Affair, Zoo-to-Do, seven New Year's Eve engagements in the Fairmont Hotel's Blue Room, sixteen French Quarter Festival appearances, the 2002 NFL Owner’s Gala for Super Bowl XXXVIII and numerous national conventions for corporate giants such as Toyota, IBM, Bank One and the American Medical Association.
The big bands have not only provided some of the finest dinner and big band music in the region, they have also served as the backup orchestra for many major talents – including Rita Moreno, Lou Rawles, The 5th Dimension, Maureen McGovern, The Lettermen, Phyllis Diller, Leslie Gore and Bobby Rydell.
Leif honed his performance skills in Orlando, Las Vegas and Los Angelesí nite club settings and then traveled the U.S. and abroad for over six years as the featured vocalist with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. He returned to his native New Orleans and appeared as the featured vocalist at Pete Fountainís Reunion Hall for the 1984 World Fair. He continues to appear nationally for prestigious events such as the Congressional Mardi Gras Ball in Washington, D.C., Norway's Olympic Preview Ball at the Waldorf Astoria in New York and the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy's International Conventions in Washington, D.C., New Orleans and Orlando.
Now, Leif brings all of his professionalism to a new, exciting musical product: Leif Pedersenís 1944 Big Band. 1944 performs the great arrangements originally made famous by the bands of Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Woody Herman, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, and Tommy & Jimmy Dorsey. He sings the classics recorded Frank Sinatra, Dick Haymes, Bobby Darin and Tony Bennett.
BANDS APPEARED WITH:
Tommy Dorsey, Woody Herman, Al Belletto, Pete Fountain, Ronnie Kole, Vaughn Monroe, Herb Tassin, Don Lamond, Swing, The D-Day Big Band.
SAMPLE LISTING OF TOURS AND SPECIALS:
1981 Inaugural for President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan, S.S. Rotterdam, Mississippi Queen, S.S. Statendam, S.S. Volendam, Sands Hotel, Sahara Hotel, Resorts International, England Tour, Del Webb Resort, LA Jazz & Heritage Festival, Canada Tour, Canadian TV Special, The Today Show, Wolftrap, The Toronto Forum, Nassau, Bermuda, The Summit, Blues Alley, Disneyland, Disney World, Coconut Grove, Waldorf Astoria, Ravinia Arts Center, Smithsonian, Lennon Sisters Tour, Mills Brothers Tour, 1984 World's Fair, Milwaukee Summer Pops, French Quarter Festivals, 1993 - 2000 Congressional Mardi Gras Balls, 2002 Superbowl NFL Owners Party, Gala for the Crown Prince of Norway.
ENTERTAINERS APPEARED WITH:
Peggy Lee, Johnny Desmond, Vic Damone, Lou Rawles, Carol Lawrence, Nancy Wilson, Ink spots, Helen O'Connell, Maureen Mcgovern, The Lettermen, Billy Ecstein, Connie Haines, Helen Forrest, June Allison, Pied Pipers, Four Lads, Henny Youngman, Four Aces, Bob Eberly, Mills Brothers, Gordon MacRae, Four Freshman, Lennon Sisters, The 5th Dimension, Jack Leonard, Pete Fountain, Rita Moreno, Count Basie, Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Mercer Ellington.