Ronnie Scott’s star vocalist set to feature alongside 16 piece swing orchestra.
For the sixth year running, the Len Phillips Big Band will once again come to Trinity School’s Concert Hall on Friday 1st May at 7.30pm. This 16 piece all-star swing orchestra will this year be joined by two of Britain’s biggest name big band singers: Iain Mackenzie and Eleanor Keenan.
Iain was described by Kevin Spacey as “the real deal… seriously talented”. He is the principal vocalist with the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra and has featured as a soloist with RTÉ Concert Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra and the BBC Big Band. He has just completed a 48 date tour with Strictly’s Brendan Cole. Iain said about his forthcoming performance: “The Len Phillips Big Band is a world-class outfit. The guys are always a joy to work with – it’s like having Count Basie right there behind you.”
Eleanor Keenan is perhaps best known for her tenure with the Syd Lawrence Orchestra but before that, she sang for no less than 15 series of the original BBC programme Come Dancing. Eleanor is no stranger to big band fans having worked extensively with the BBC Big Band and her own all-girl band the Broad Band.
The concert programme will feature songs made famous by The Rat Pack, Bobby Darin, Peggy Lee and Ella Fitzgerald plus instrumentals from the libraries of Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Stan Kenton and Ted Heath. In fact several members of the Len Phillips Band were previously part of the Heath Band as well as working with Ken Mackintosh, Sammy Davis Jnr., Tony Bennett and Sinatra himself. Other personnel are busy session players and can frequently be found in the pits of West End Theatres.
The evening starts at 7.30pm in the Concert Hall, Trinity School, Shirley Park, Croydon CR9 7AT. Tickets are available on the door (£14.50/over 60s £13/children £10). For more information call 01883 722 583 or visit the Len Phillips Big Band website.