Swing era band set to dance into Tewkesbury
By David Wood
Where: The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury
When: Friday, February 7, 7.30pm
The Down for the Count Swing Orchestra will bring the sounds of the Swing Era back to life for Tewkesbury audiences at a special performance at the Roses Theatre on Friday, February 7, as part of a 15-date UK tour.
With a stunning and energetic show described by Time Out London as "one hellova celebration of vintage music", audiences can expect an unforgettable night of top-class instrumental solos, sublime vocal performances, and irresistible humour and joie de vivre.
Down for the Count have quickly earned themselves a reputation as one of the hardest swinging bands in the UK, and last year sold out shows at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, The London Jazz Festival, Le Caveau de la Huchette in Paris, and had their first album "Let's Dance" featured on Clare Teal's BBC Radio 2 show.
The band's third album "Swing That Music" was released in September and accompanies the band's tour of theatres and jazz clubs at cities across the UK.
The 11-piece mini big band will re-create classic tunes from the likes of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and Glenn Miller, performing each song in their own unmistakeable style with expert musicianship.
Led by pianist and arranger Mike Paul-Smith, the band comprises expert musicians, many of whom trained at top UK conservatoires and universities.
Mike Paul-Smith said: "Our show is a celebration of the best vintage music - we play great songs that have stood the test of time and audiences love and our shows never fail to leave people feeling uplifted and wanting more.
"You can expect to hear respectful re-creations of the music of Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington and many more. We also put our own spin on some vintage classics and perform them in a way you haven't seen before. We can't wait to bring the party to Tewkesbury."
Tickets are £18-£26 and available at http://www.rosestheatre.org/events/entry/down-for-the-count-swing-that-music#.XYyuKohJl0t
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