Golden night to put ‘show’ in showbusiness

Simply Big Band will be performing at Sheffield City Hall
Simply Big Band will be performing at Sheffield City Hall

A DAZZLING roller-coaster ride of a show featuring the very best in American big band music is heading to Sheffield.

From the raging razzmatazz of Harlem’s Cotton Club in the 20s, the halcyon post-war days of swing and Sinatra’s bobby-sox girls, to the glamorous glitz of Las Vegas in the swinging 60s Simply Big Band will take the audience back to a golden age of songs.

Audiences will witness and have the chance to Jive, Salsa, Lindy Hop, Tap and Foxtrot along with performers in the aisles to some of the most memorable music in history.

The heartbeat of the night will be the wonderful big band itself, an electrifying 26-piece orchestra comprising some of the finest musicians in the land, the perfect complement for spine-tingling performances by a roster of top guest singers.

Featuring a selection of classic songs including Take The ‘A’ Train, Georgia, Minnie The Moocher, It Don’t Mean A Thing, God Bless The Child, Sing Sing Sing, Manteca, Let The Good Times Roll, Night Train and Stardust.

Widely regarded as the finest big band singer in the UK, Matthew Ford is to comere the evening.

In 2005 he was voted Best UK Male Big Band Vocalist, and was nominated alongside Jamie Cullum in the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Awards (Best UK Male Vocalist category).

Matthew sang at the wedding of Liverpool and England footballer Steven Gerrard and has performed for HRH Duchess of York and the Malaysian royal family.

In 2009 Matthew made his Friday Night is Music Night debut and broadcast with the BBC Big Band for the 30th Anniversary of BBC Radio 2’s Big Band Special programme.

His album recordings have aired across the UK on Radio 2, Jazz FM and BBC Local Radio.

Backed by a tasty cocktail of ballroom routines, glittering costumes as sharp as a needle, factory and classic archive big-screen footage from some of the most famous venues of the time, the show brings to life a glorious era for music.

The audience will be transported back to a pulsating musical period when immortals such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra and Ray Charles ruled the boards, and legendary big band leaders such as Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington and Quincy Jones were the musical masters of their generation.

The show comes to Sheffield City Hall on Saturday 27th February as part of a 12-date tour of the UK.

Organisers promise the Simnply Big Band experience will have you clicking your fingers from the first beat, bopping in your seat by the interval and dancing in the aisles by the final encore.

Performance at 7.30pm. Tickets priced at £24.50 and £28.50 can be purchased on 0114 2789 789.