The Grammy nominated American male quartet vocal band, The Four Freshmen, will perform in Beloit, Monday, October 18, as part of the Beloit Area Concert Association series that brings quality entertainment to North Central Kansas.
A vocal harmony like no other, The Four Freshmen have strongly influenced many groups over the 62 years of their existence, including Take Six, ABBA, The Swingle Singers, Manhattan Transfer, and the Beach Boys. They were originally modeled after big band vocal groups like Glenn Miller’s Modernaires and Tommy Dorsey’s Pied Pipers.
Founded in 1948 at Butler University in Indianapolis as Hal’s Harmonizers, a barber shop quartet, they soon adopted a more jazz-oriented repertoire and renamed themselves The Toppers, developing their own style of improvised vocal harmony. In September of that year, the quartet went on the road as The Four Freshmen and soon drew the admiration of jazz legends such as Dizzy Gillespie and Woody Herman who helped them connect with Capitol Records.
The Four Freshmen can actually be called a vocal band because each one of the four plays their own instrument. They are some of the best jazz talents in the business and include lead vocalist Brian Eichenberger on guitar, Curtis Calderon on trumpet, Vince Johnson on stand-up bass, and Bob Ferreira on drums. This current group not only preserves the Freshmen sound, they enhance it with their youth, talent, and vitality, giving a new treatment to the Great American Songbook.
The Four Freshmen are the longest lasting vocal harmony group, and in their 60 plus year history they have bragging rights to over 50 albums, an overwhelming 70 top selling singles, and 6 Grammy nominations. The Four Freshmen Live from Las Vegas is their most recent CD release. Some of their most requested songs, including It’s a Blue World, Day In Day Out, Skylark, Poinciana, and Mood Indigo, will be heard in the Beloit concert.
That’s The Four Freshmen, four parts harmony, a twist of elegance, and a splash of swing Monday, October 18, 7:30 p.m., at the Beloit Municipal Building in downtown Beloit, presented by the non-profit Beloit Area Concert Association. Admission $15 at the door or by season ticket available the night of the concert. For more information about The Four Freshmen concert or about the Beloit Area Concert Association contact DeeAnn Harbaugh, President, at (785) 738-2980, or Charles Frodsham, board member, at (785) 738-6538.