The Savoy Ball, Saturday 27th April 2019 The Grand Hall Battersea Arts Centre LONDON SW11 5TN

The Matinee Concert, 2.15pm-5pm

The Benny Goodman Orchestra
16th January 1938, Carnegie Hall, New York City

Pete Long's 13-piece Benny Goodman Orchestra plays the famous Carnegie Hall concert that changed Jazz history forever and brought swing music firmly into the mainstream.

Enjoy the full concert as we transform The Grand Hall into our version of New York's Carnegie Hall!

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Benny Goodman Pete Long

"Benny Goodman at Carnegie Hall"

January 16th 1938 was a great day to be in New York... April 27th 2019 is going to be a great day to be in Battersea, as we begin this historical recreation with Benny Goodman's famous Carnegie Hall concert - in full!

Presented by the legendary Pete Long with his Benny Goodman Orchestra - made up of today's finest jazz and swing musicians and featuring supreme vocalist Joan Viskant. Be swept away to the most of exciting of times, when New York was alive with the sounds of Swing...

Tickets - from £26

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Fully seated concert, with room for dancing around and behind the rear stalls, under the galleries and balcony
Dress code - smart/casual

The 1938 Concert and the Band

Regarded as the finest jazz spectacle ever, the Benny Goodman Carnegie Hall concert of 1938 is revered by big band fans, and recordings of that historic event still continue to sell today on vinyl and CD. It's thanks to Benny that jazz was elevated from the dance halls, clubs and dives to the concert platform.

If you love big bands this show is a must for you. The repertoire is as refreshing today as it was in 1938, and Pete Long and the All-Star Goodmen Orchestra bring it alive with their outstanding musicianship. In keeping with the original concert Pete uses Benny Goodman's favoured clarinet reeds and drummer Richard Pite plays an exact replica of Gene Krupa's kit using Geneís actual cymbals and brushes. The entire repertoire from the 1938 concert is featured, including Don't Be That Way, Sing Sing Sing, I Got Rhythm, If Dreams Come True and Swingtime in the Rockies.

Listen to the band play Swingtime in the Rockies (from their album Goodmania):

Long, who has played with Jools Holland and Ronnie Scott's Big Band, will have a big band that includes singer Joan Viskant and musicians Enrico Tomasso, Anthony Kerr and Richard Pite as they pay tribute to such a landmark concert.

Pete Long's Benny Goodman Orchestra

Pete Long's Benny Goodman Orchestra with Joan Viskant

The Savoy Ball, Saturday 27th April 2019 The Grand Hall Battersea Arts Centre LONDON SW11 5TN