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JANUARY 12, 2023

news release


Wonderful World Productions announces 2023 concert shows for talent buyers


(EXETER)    Four new theatrical concert shows were announced by Wonderful World Productions, LLC, during the American Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) annual conference, January 12 - 17, in New York City. The APAP conference is a major gathering for show business professionals who attend lectures, discussions and symposia to confer on issues facing the industry and explore a trade show exhibit where acts for the 2023 season are pitched to talent buyers.

The shows include "Trumpet Kings," "Great Gershwin!," "A Tribute to Broadway," and "What a Wonderful World." All strongly appeal to adults ages 55 and older. 

Wonderful World Productions, headquartered in Exeter, NH, produces a variety of musical entertainment and in-school educational programs. Affiliated musicians are Boston-based professionals with well-established careers in regional and national theater, touring ensembles including jazz big bands, work in classical genres with regional and national symphonies, individual guest soloist engagements, and music contracting.


“Trumpet Kings: A musical tribute to America’s great trumpet stars” features virtuoso Jay Daly backed by the New Hampshire Jazz Orchestra performing 16 chart-topping hits from the 20th century, telling a musical story of the popular trumpet in America. During the narrated concert show Daly spotlights greats like Louis Armstrong, Harry James, Hoagy Carmichael, Al Hirt, Herb Alpert, Roy Eldridge, Maynard Ferguson, Bix Beiderbecke and Chuck Mangione. A tribute to the trumpet-spiced Beatles hit “Penny Lane” is a show highlight.

“It's widely known that Jay Daly is one of the premier trumpeters in the Northeast. His virtuosity is matched by his stylistic versatility, and he's a consummate professional," said Peter Mansfield, orchestrator and arranger for the Boston Pops Orchestra. Harry James Orchestra leader Fred Radke said, "Jay Daly is a must-see artist."

Daly’s career spans more than 40 years, taking him around the United States and the globe. His credits include more than 15 years touring with the Artie Shaw and Harry James Orchestras. Daly also  played lead trumpet in the Herb Pomeroy Orchestra, Ken Hadley’s Big Band, Craig Ball's White Heat Swing Orchestra, the Greg Hopkins Big Band, and the John Allmark Jazz Orchestra, among many others.


As a first-call Boston freelancer, Daly performed with Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, Tony Bennett, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Johnny Mathis, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole and Linda Ronstadt, Randy Brecker, Dexter Gordon, Phil Woods, Clark Terry, Louie Bellson and many others. Jay is the musician contractor and principal trumpet at North Shore Music Theatre, Beverly, MA.

The New Hampshire Jazz Orchestra is a 20-piece big band directed by Clayton “Skip” Poole, a longtime fixture in the region’s jazz scene as a band leader, music director and educator. The NHJO is in residence at Manchester Community Music School where it develops rising young musicians combined with professional and established adult big band players, performing frequently at the school and commercial venues. Poole, also a University of New Hampshire graduate, additionally founded and leads the popular Capital Jazz Orchestra, based at Concord’s Capitol Center for the Arts, developing a legion of fans through its regular season series concerts featuring national guest artists. During his 40-year career, Poole has worked with star musicians including Mel Tormé, Rosemary Clooney, Johnny Mathis, Andy Williams, Dionne Warwick, Cab Calloway, Wild Bill Davis, The Four Freshmen, Maynard Ferguson and dozens of others.

“Trumpet Kings” was conceived and written by Jay Daly with arrangements by George Darrah. Darrah is a percussionist and arranger with the Boston Pops. A profile of the show including video and a song list is available at Email for particulars or telephone 603 416-9649.



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