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Leon Jordan's Continentals

Big Band from Raleigh, NC - Will travel up to 100 miles
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Leon Jordan's Continentals Big Band has been celebrating with you since 1957. This big band is a big "dance" band. Unlike all the others, you can dance to every tune we play. Primarily playing those 1930-1960 dance classics, the play list also includes songs from as early the 1910s and as recent as 2010s.

Whether for the Lord Mayor of Hull, England, U.S. Senators, North Carolina Governors, happy brides and grooms, charities, collegiate events, country clubs, dance clubs, inaugural balls, Bob Hope, Perry Como, Pat Boone, Wayne Newton etc., Leon Jordan's Continentals play music of the great Big Bands. The band was featured in the major motion picture "Once Around" with Richard Dreyfuss and Holly Hunter.

They play what dancers and listeners want to hear, original arrangements and music from notable bands such as:

Glen Miller
Herb Albert
Henri Mancini
Woody Herman
Les Brown
Harry James
Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey
Kaye Kyser
Duke Ellington
Johnny Long
Benny Goodman
Artie Shaw
and more current arrangements from today's swing band leaders

Music selections number over a thousand from 1914-2010s.

The Continentals Dance Band was first organized in 1957 as a sixteen piece orchestra. Leon had just been discharged from the Navy, and he and other musicians in the Raleigh area were looking for an opportunity to play dance music. The band's first engagement was playing for the Miss Raleigh pageant in 1958. Soon afterward they were playing for college dances at N.C. State, Duke and UNC. Many of the early musicians were college students and members of the National Guard Band. The band quickly grew in popularity because they played dance music while other bands in the area played jazz.

One of the first musicians in the band and one who helped start the band was drummer Bobby Harrison. After playing with the Continentals, Harrison went on the road with Frank Sinatra, Jr. and then Si Zentner and Juliet Prowse. He now plays in Los Vegas. Other well-known musicians who have played with the band more recently are saxophonist Kirby Campbell, at one time the busiest studio musician in New York City, and Bob Havens who was the featured trombonist on the Lawrence Welk show for its entire twenty-two year run. The Continentals Band is best-known for having played more than five hundred Saturday night engagements at the Radisson Governors Inn in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

The Band's current vocalist is Stephie Goode, who was educated at the Indiana University School of Music and studied under the great Eugene Bayless.

The Continentals Orchestra plays a variety of music ā€” Latin, swing, mambo, rumba, waltzes, some beach and country, ballads, vocals, 30'sā€“2010's ā€” popular and contemporary. The orchestra seeks to play the styles of music that customers prefer and will also adapt to the preference of the dancers. We play danceable music and swing music as revived by Linda Ronstadt, Harry Connick Jr., Michael Buble, Diana Krall & Rod Stewart.

The Continental Combo, a break-out jazz combo is available for smaller and/or more intimate events.
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My husband and I booked the Leon Jordan Continentals for our wedding reception and we were extremely pleased. The band is wonderful and was a hit at the wedding. Before we made our entrance into the reception we could feel the energy from outside the building and that is when I knew it was going to be a fantastic evening. The manager, Keith, spoke with me personally to create the perfect song list for the evening and even searching into their archives to find a few specific songs that were very special for us. Their professionalism is top notch, I would highly recommend them! There is something about live music that the best DJ just simply can't deliver!

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It was a benefit party 80 people everyone lov ed the band. They were a joy to deal with start to finish!

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We had the Continentals play at our wedding reception, and it was so much fun! Everyone loved the music, and there was a lot of dancing. It was so great having a real big band bring us back to some classic songs. We highly recommend them!

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Wedding Reception
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2016
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Wedding Reception
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5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
2016
Feb
27
Harnett Co Rotary Ball
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7:30 PM - 11:00 PM
2016
Feb
27
Harnett Co Rotary Ball
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7:30 PM - 11:00 PM
2016
Feb
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Gala at Kerr Scott Building
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7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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Pennsylvania 6-5000
This Masquerade
Theme from Pink Panther
Beauty and the Beast
Zoot Suit Riot
Route 66
At Last
Mack the Knife
Sweet Georgia Brown
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Ballroom Dance Music Band
40s Band
Wedding Band
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Baby Showers
Bar Mitzvahs
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Picnic
Bachelorette Parties
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Bat Mitzvahs
Bridal Showers
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Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Please note Leon Jordan's Continentals will also travel to Garner, Cary, Knightdale, Apex, Morrisville, Durham, Rolesville, Wendell, Clayton, Fuquay Varina, Holly Springs, Wake Forest, Willow Spring, New Hill, Zebulon, Youngsville, Angier, Creedmoor, Chapel Hill, Franklinton, Middlesex, Northside, Smithfield, Butner, Coats, Selma, Carrboro, Benson, Moncure, Four Oaks.
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