Here are Bob and Lynn of Littlest Big Band singing songs from the American Standards collection. Call Lynn today at 937-245-9165 for a booking!
From Frank to Hank, Ella to Elvis
The husband and wife duo the Littlest Big Band has been providing music from the 1920s to the 1960s (and sometimes before and beyond) since 2011. With so many great hits from the Big Band, Tin Pan Alley, and American Standards eras, we are able to pick a few dozen and put together several different shows so that we're always fresh and different each time we visit a venue.
The songs in our setlist were originally performed by the likes of Fred Astaire, Frank Sinatra, Doris Day, Dean Martin, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams Sr., Elvis and many others, and so, they are perfect for any crowd, but especially for residents of retirement and senior communities.
We often hear residents of retirement communities say, 'This is our music. We know the words, we sang every song.' It doesn't get much better for us as performers to hear comments like those.
We have traveled the country performing such classics as "Fly Me to the Moon," "Cheek to Cheek," "Jambalaya" and "Side by Side" on guitar and mandolin. Playing our instruments live gives our shows an extra sense of intimacy and excitement. It also helps to bring to mind memories of parents and family who also played instruments back in the days when households provided their own entertainment.
During our shows, we share interesting facts about the music, the performers and writers, like which song has been played on the moon, which song Fred sang to Ginger in which movie, and other bits of trivia that keep audiences entertained, enlightened, and engaged. We also encourage singing along with us, as well as hand-clapping, toe-tapping, and even dancing. And at the end of shows, we like to acknowledge everyone with a hand shake or a greeting. That's when we can hear some interesting stories from folks who have met the likes of Sinatra and Martin, or who may have traveled with bands, or had a parent or relative who traveled in a band. Those first-hand remembrances really bring home the immediacy of music's power to bring back times.
In many cases, we can tailor shows for specific holidays and festivities. Call 937-245-9165 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more and schedule a performance. We structure our pricing to encourage multiple bookings through a calendar year, so we are very affordable.
Note: For several years, we performed as "Reminisce with Raggedy Edge" for our senior community shows. In 2017, we became Littlest Big Band for those shows. We think that name conjures up a better idea of the wonderful music of the 1920s through the 1960s. We're still Raggedy Edge for our ORIGINALs show, which plays at venues across the country.
"You guys are perfect." --Tina, Activities Department, Birchwood Care Center, Hamilton, OH
"[Littlest Big Band] was very well received at Keystone Woods Community in Springfield MA., today...everyone loved them. Thanks for a great performance! Safe travels from Keystone Woods!" --Patricia, Activities Director, Keystone Woods, MA
"The residents enjoyed you very, very much. Your music is just what they love to hear."
--Melody, Resident Programs Coordinator, Sterling House Fort Myers, FL
"Thank you so much for your Raggedy Edge music performance. The residents really enjoyed it and I hope you visit us again."
--Erica, Social Director, Atria Senior Living, Albuquerque, NM
Some Littlest Big Band Songs
Accentuate the Positive
Ain't She Sweet
Ain't That a Kick in the Head
All Shook Up
Almost Like Being in Love
As Time Goes By
Cheek to Cheek
Come Fly With Me
Everybody Loves Somebody
Five Foot Two
Fly Me to the Moon
The Girl from Ipanema
Hey Hey Good Lookin'
It Don't Mean a Thing (if It Ain't Got That Swing)
I've Got the World on a String
I've Got You Under My Skin
It Had To Be You
My Kind of Town
Que Sera Sera
Side by Side
Sunny Side of the Street
That's All Right, Mama
Walking After Midnight
The Way You Look Tonight