with Matt Ford & Nicola Emmanuelle

Congress Theatre, Eastbourne – Sunday 22 August 2021, 3pm

The sweet sounds of the Len Phillips Swing Orchestra will resonate around the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne on Sunday 22 August, celebrating a century of swing.

Beginning with Louis Armstrong’s New Orleans and the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, 100 years of big bands traces their development through the golden age of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller to the contemporary tracks of Michael Bublé and Harry Connick Jr. Paying homage to the great big band singers, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat “King” Cole and Peggy Lee along the way, feet will be tapping to the sheer power of a 17-piece swing orchestra.

Led by Joe Pettit, 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.

Joining them will be Matthew Ford 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.

Hear Rhapsody In Blue, Sing Sing Sing, In The Mood, New York New York, Fever, Splanky, S’ Wonderful, Moondance and many more!

Bandleader Joe Pettit says of the band; “We are very fortunate to have some of the most established musicians around playing next to young lions of the British jazz scene and top session players.  This brings a wealth of experience plus all the energy and drive to keep this great music sounding full of excitement.”

Book for 100 Years of Big Bands, 22 August 3pm, and enjoy an afternoon of pure swing heaven at the Congress Theatre. Tickets £22, concessions £20, book at eastbournetheatres.co.uk or call Box Office 01323 412000.