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Pete Long’s All-Star Goodmen Orchestra play a sensational recreation of Benny Goodman’s famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Concert at The Apex on Sunday 11 November, especially for the concert’s 80th Anniversary Celebration.
Regarded as the finest jazz spectacle ever, the Benny Goodman Carnegie Hall concert of 1938 is revered by big band fans and others worldwide, and recordings of that historic event continue to sell today. It’s thanks to Benny that jazz was elevated from the dance halls, clubs and dives to the concert platform.
All the Carnegie Hall repertoire will be featured, including the classics ‘Sing, Sing, Sing’; ‘Don’t Be That Way’; ‘Body & Soul’; ‘One O’Clock Jump’; ‘China Boy’; ‘Big John Special’ and other fabulous Fletcher Henderson, Mel Powell and Eddie Sauter arrangements. An added bonus comes in the form of famed American singer Joan Viskant, hailed by Ray Charles as reminding him of Doris Day. Making a rare UK visit, she replaces Martha Tilton in the original concert.
Ex-Jools Holland arranger and star soloist Pete Long doesn’t have Gene Krupa, Harry James, Lionel Hampton and Teddy Wilson in the All-Star Goodmen Orchestra, but he does have the cream of London’s big band players, guaranteeing to provide all the passion and frenzy of the original concert. It requires someone with total mastery of the clarinet to attempt a recreation of Goodman’s work, and Pete Long is one of the finest players in the world and relishes the challenge.
In keeping with the original Carnegie Hall concert the All-Star Goodmen Orchestra will be 100% acoustic to provide an extra sparkle to the music.
The concert at the Apex on Sunday 11 November at 2.30pm. Tickets are £22, with £5 tickets for those aged under 25. Contact The Apex Box Office on 01284 758000 or visit www.theapex.co.uk for more information or to book.