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Al Talks

If you have been a regular Encore Band Concert attender, You probably have heard Al sang. Al was born in 1937 in Montreal. His formal name is Sam FitlerBerg. But he would rather be called “Al Farrell”. Al likes to sing popular songs of the 70s, 80s, 90s, such as “My Way”, “New York, New York”, “Walking My Baby”. He captures the attention of his audiences with his warm gestures, and makes you feel that you are part of the family.
Here is a video of Al, talking about his music life, and his personal life, and how he faces adversities in Life.
 

If you want to hear more recordings of Al, here is a playlist with his songs on Youtube.

Here’s Al hand-written Biography:
Al Page 1
 
Al page2

Date: Thursday Nov 1, 2018
Location: Wilmar Heights Event Centre, 963 Pharmacy Ave, Scarborough, Ont.

 
 

Robin Hood Prince of Thieves
music by Michael Kamen
arrangement by Paul Lavender


 
 

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
music by Hans Zimmer
arrangement by Jay Bocook


 
 

New York, New York
music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb
arrangement by Ed Graf
vocalist – Al Farrell


 
 

I’m Confessin’
music by Doc Daugherty and Ellis Reynolds
lyrics by Al Neiburg
arrangement by Ed Graf
trombone soloist – Mike Lawson


 
 

Swinging Shepherd Blues
music by Moe Koffman
arrangement by Ed Graf
flute soloist – Len Graf


 
 

Harlem Nocturne
music and arrangement by Earle Hagen
alto sax soloist – Jonno Lightstone

Date: Thursday Oct 4, 2018
Location: Wilmar Heights Event Centre, 963 Pharmacy Ave, Scarborough, Ont.

 
 

County Fair
music and arrangement by Ed Graf


 
 

Still Holding Hands
music and arrangement by Vern Kennedy


 
 

Who’s Sorry Now
music by Ted Snyder and lyrics by Bert Kalmar
arrangement by M. Rooney
clarinet soloist – Peter Randell

 
 

My One and Only Love
music by Guy Wood and lyrics by Robert Mellin
arrangement by Ed Graf
alto sax soloist – Jonno Lightstone


 
 

Goody Goody
music by Matty Malneck and lyrics by Johnny Mercer
arrangement by Ed Graf and Danny Wilks
vocalist – Al Farrell


 
 

L’histoire D’amour
arrangement by Ed Graf and Danny Wilks
trumpet soloist – John E. Liddle


 
 

Gershwin!
medley arranged by Warren Barker

Date: Thursday Sept 6, 2018
Location: Wilmar Heights Event Centre, 963 Pharmacy Ave, Scarborough, Ont.

 
 

The Prayer
music and lyrics by David Foster, Carole Bayer Sager,
Alberto Testa and Tony Renis
arrangement by Ed Graf
vocalists – Sharon Smith & Al Farrell


 
 

My Favorite Things
music and lyrics by Rodgers & Hammerstein
arrangement by Danny Wilks
flute ensemble – Joan Andrews, Len Graf, Jonno Lightstone, Resa Kochberg, Kathryn Moses, Steven Sandrin
piano – Leon Racine, drums – Daryl Knox,
bass – Shelley Miller


 
 

The Lady is a Tramp
music by Richard Rogers
arrangement by Danny Wilks
vocalist – Sharon Smith


 
 

Button Up Your Overcoat
music by Ray Henderson
lyrics by B.G. DeSylva and Lew Brown
arrangement by Danny Wilks
featuring the Encore trombone section


 
 

Is It True What They Say About Dixie
music and lyrics by Irving Caesar,
Sammy Lerner and Gerald Marks
arrangement by Tony Wakefield
clarinet soloist – Peter Randell


 
 

Isfahan
music by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn
arrangement by Danny Wilks
alto sax soloist – Jonno Lightstone


 
 

When Johnny Comes Marching Home
arrangement by Danny Wilks

Date: Thursday August 2, 2018
Location: Wilmar Heights Event Centre, 963 Pharmacy Ave, Scarborough, Ont.

 
 

MacArthur Park
music by Jimmy Webb
arrangement by Danny Wilks

 
 

’Deed I Do
music by Fred Rose and lyrics by Walter Hirsch
arrangement by Ed Graf
vocalist – Sharon Smith

 
 

Lady Bug
music and arrangement by Vern Kennedy
euphonium soloist – Mike Mersereau

 
 

Latin Merengue
arranged by Ed Graf
flute soloist – Len Graf

 
 

My Way
English lyrics by Paul Anka
arrangement by Ed Graf
vocalist – Al Farell

 
 

Concierto de Aranjuez
music by Joaquín Rodrigo
arrangement by Ed Graf
trumpet soloist – John E. Liddle

 
 

Quintessence
music by Quincy Jones
arrangement by Danny Wilks
alto sax soloist – Jonno Lightstone

 
 

The Very Thought of You
music and lyrics by Ray Noble
arrangment by Danny Wilks
vocalist – Sharon Smith