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Citadel News Service
18 Feb 2010

American jazz of the 1930s and 1940s coming to The Citadel

The music of Joseph “Fud” Livingston, a Charleston native who went on to become a seminal figure in American popular jazz, will be featured during The Citadel’s Fine Arts Series in March.

“An Evening with Fud Livingston” is free and open to the public and begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 9 in Buyer Auditorium in Mark Clark Hall.

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The Citadel Jazz Orchestra as pictured in the 1923 edition of The Sphinx yearbook. From left to right are "Busse" Landrum, "Percy" Covington, "Al" Hamilton, "Fud" Livingston, "Rat" Leland and "Jazz" Thompson.

Livingston was inspired by the Jenkins Orphanage Band as a youth. He attended The Citadel (but did not graduate with the Class of 1925) where he wrote and directed a musical and led The Citadel Jazz Orchestra before he left town to start his career. As a young man, he played with some of the best bands of the era, and as an arranger he contributed to what became known as “Big Band Sound.” Through the 1930s and 1940s he continued to arrange and to write popular tunes—the most famous of which is “I’m Through with Love,” sung by Marilyn Monroe in the film “Some Like It Hot.” Livingston was a Citadel cadet from 1921 to 1923.

“This concert is the first of what we hope will be many cultural events co-sponsored by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of Cadet Activities at The Citadel,” said Dean Bo Moore. “It promises to be entertaining and will illuminate an important chapter in the history of American jazz and the role that Charleston and The Citadel played in it.”

The band playing the music for “An Evening with Fud Livingston” is the Black Tie Swing Band, featuring Citadel Chorale Director Nancy Lefter on vocals and band leader John Bonds, professor of political science. Pianist John Tecklenburg is a grandnephew of Livingston’s.

The Citadel’s Fine Arts Series began in 1965 to provide the South Carolina Corps of Cadets with access to cultural activities such as opera, musical ensembles and soloists, traditional dance groups from around the world, Shakespearean plays and other dramatic presentations.

For more information about the concert, please call Cadet Activities at 843.953.5111.

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