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Friday, December 19, 2014

Preview - Len (not Benny!) Goodman's Big Band Bonanza

David Brown alerted me to this program which goes out on Tuesday Dec. 23 at 9pm on BBC 4. It features Strictly Come Dancing adjudicator Len Goodman looking at the British Big Band era and highlights the Surrey based Kingswood Big Band who rehearse in the local village hall..
The band, formerly fronted by the late Sheila Tracy, includes Trombonist Bill Geldard, Trumpet player Ronnie Hughes and saxist Duncan Lamont - all veterans of 1950s big bands such as Ted Heath, Johnny Dankworth and Jack Parnell.
David Brown also has an impressive musical pedigree having played under the baton of Andy Hudson in the Newcastle Big Band in the early '70s.
There appears to be some fault with the colour as David, the tenor player sitting at the left of the saxophone section, appears to have grey hair which he certainly didn't in 1973 when I last met him. Then again, neither did I!
Don't miss it - it definitely "Gets a Ten from Len - and me!"
Lance.

1 comment :

Fiona Bolton said...

Loved watching the Kingswood Big Band on Len Goodman's programme, repeated tonight (28.10.15) - would love to hear them live!

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