Afternoon of Big Band sounds at The Winter Garden

David Jacobs
David Jacobs

BBC Radio 2 star David Jacobs presents the Len Phillips Big Band at the Winter Garden on August 22 (2.30pm). The 16-piece band will be joined by singers Matthew Ford (star of the 2011 BBC Prom “Hooray for Hollywood”) and Eleanor Keenan (Syd Lawrence and Andy Ross Orchestras).

The all-new programme will draw on the libraries of bands such as Ted Heath, Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Harry James, Benny Goodman and Stan Kenton plus the songs of Ella Fitzgerald, Bobby Darin and Frank Sinatra. The music will be interspersed with anecdotes from Mr Jacobs about his friendships and dealings with stars such as Sinatra, Darrin and Vic Damone.

Formed in 1986, The Len Phillips Big Band comprises 16 of the country’s finest musicians. Between them, the players have worked with Sammy Davis Jnr, Frank Sinatra, Ted Heath, Shirley Bassey, Ken Mackintosh and John Dankworth to name but a few.

The band’s latest album “What’s New?”, recorded at Pinewood Studios, has been well received on both sides of the Atlantic and receives regular airplay on a number of radio stations.

Some 25 years after its inception and now under the leadership of Joe Pettitt, the band plays regularly up and down the country at concert halls, theatres, festivals and jazz clubs.

It is expected that large numbers will turn out to hear these fine musicians and vocalists, with the added attraction of one of the most admired presenters of “easy listening” music of all time.

Tickets cost £15.50, call 412000..