100 Years of Big Bands

Fairfield Halls calendar_today 03 Sep 21 at 7:30 PM place Croydon, Surrey Tickets Stalls £21.50 - £29

Len Phillips Swing Orchestra

with Matt Ford and Nicola Emmanuelle 

Celebrating a century of swing, beginning with Louis Armstrong’s New Orleans and the Paul Whiteman Orchestrawe trace the development of big bands through the golden age of Duke EllingtonCount BasieBenny Goodman and Glenn Miller to the contemporary tracks of Michael Bublé and Harry Connick Jr. Paying homage to the great big band singers, Frank SinatraElla FitzgeraldNat “King” Cole and Peggy Lee along the way, feet will be tapping to the sheer power of a 17 piece swing orchestra.

Heard regularly on BBC Radio 2 and Jazz FM, the Len Phillips Swing Orchestra is Britain’s most popular big band. Their lockdown livestream series attracted over 100,000 views and included the very first streamed big band concert from London’s iconic Abbey Road Studios. Matthew Ford is perhaps best known for his work with the John Wilson Orchestra, including 6 appearances at the BBC Proms. Playing the part of Ella Fitzgerald in the West End show The Rat Pack: Live From Las Vegas, Nicola Emmanuelle is one of the most outstanding singers in Britain today.