LETTER: Bringing back the memories

The Paul Davis Swing band concert at The Congress on Sunday afternoon was a joy for all those who like that big band music of the 1950s/60s with music from Basie, Ellington, Goodman, Glen Miller and of course our own Ted Heath.

Paul, who lives in Eastbourne, has now been putting on this annual concert for 13 years and getting together 16 of the best muscians in the country to carry this out. Two of the trumpet players, Tony Fisher and Ronnie Hughes, both played in the original Ted Heath band and remarkably Ronnie will be 90 on June 20. In the trombones was Barry Forge, who for many years led the BBC Big Band, and Bill Geldard who played with Johnny Dankworth as well as Ted Heath. The two singers, Paula Pout and Grant Martins, sang a number of great tunes, and one must comment on Paula’s stunning oufits – no few than six changes of dress.

To end the concert an excellent rendering of what was always a big request number at ballrooms all over the UK in the 1950s, ‘Skin Deep’, and remarkably played on the drums by a young man in his twenties.

He was driving on men in the band old enough to be his grandfather but music has always been a leveller of age. For someone of such a young age to be so competent and playing music that he could only now hear on record or CD was good to see. A great concert and for those who missed it one to look out for in 2016.

Alan Cooper

Bakers Farm Park


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