Mick Foster

Saxophones ∙ Composer

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The Golden Age of British Big Bands - The Pete Long Orchestra

  • Herts Jazz Festival, Welwyn Garden City Hawthorne Theatre, The Campus Welwyn Garden City, Herts AL8 6BX United Kingdom (map)

A whistle-stop tour of the work of various British big bands from the 1930s to the 1960s, packing thirty or so years of stylistic reinvention into a couple of hours. Pete Long will expertly traverse the twists and turns in the trajectory of the British jazz orchestra – from the sound of hot dance outfits like Jack Hylton's through the iconic work of such music industry titans as Ted Heath and onwards to the post-bop  innovations of Stan Tracey, Tubby Hayes and John Dankworth. For this catch-all programme, Long has brought together one of the most versatile British jazz line-ups yet assembled, the whole enterprise topped off with his own brand of anarchic humour.

Earlier Event: October 12
The Magic Lantern
Later Event: October 21
Pasadena Roof Orchestra