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CD REVIEW: Seth MacFarlane: In Full Swing

Reviewer: Mark Clegg Seth MacFarlane is an animator/voice actor/writer/comedian/director/actor/producer. Anyone familiar with his animated TV show Family Guy will probably also know that he is a singer. Family Guy’s regular Road to… episodes (themselves an homage to the Crosby/Hope movies) often feature Brian the dog and Stewie the baby (both voiced by MacFarlane) singing. In fact, a large proportion of ...

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The Glenn Miller Story – Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Tommy Steele as Glenn Miller in the Glenn Miller Story

Director: Bob Tomson Choreographer: Bill Deamer Reviewer: Scott Matthewman When Major Glenn Miller’s plane disappeared in fog somewhere over the English Channel in 1944, en route from an RAF airbase to Paris, the 40-year-old trombonist and band leader was already a household name. In the 70 years since his status has risen to legendary levels. Perhaps the only surprise about ...

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RAF in Concert – Royal Hall, Harrogate

Conductor: Wing Commander Duncan Stubbs Main vocalist: Flight Lieutenant Matthew Little Reviewer: Audrey Pointer The Royal Air Force Music Services boasts several bands and orchestras. A concert tour featuring a repertoire of old and new music of differing genres, is being held to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first display season of the world famous Red Arrows. There is ...

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BBC Big Band Divas with Claire Martin – Royal Hall, Harrogate

Reviewer: Matt Stimpson [rating:4] The beautiful surroundings of Harrogate Royal Hall are playing host to the BBC big band tonight, with guest vocalist Claire Martin taking us on a journey to visit the songs of the divas from bands gone by. The BBC big band is one of the world’s premiere big bands, and tonight they are directed by their ...

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Carry on Swinging – Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Musical Director: Chris Dean Reviewer: Flip Miller [rating:4] Chris Dean’s Syd Lawrence Orchestra has been voted the Best Big Band in the UK for over a decade and from the start of the show you can see why. As soon as Chris Dean comes onto the stage and the orchestra starts with Gershwin’s Strike Up the Band, the compact Theatre ...

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The Big Chris Barber Band – Harrogate Theatre

Reviewer: Andrew Liddle [rating:4] Trombonist, Chris Barber, has been fronting his band for sixty years. Perhaps no one was more instrumental in bringing about the British Trad Jazz Boom, an enormous bubble that just kept inflating in the late ‘Fifties as it floated merrily down the main stream of popular music. Lonnie Donnegan, the banjo-playing member of his band, had ...

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