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Tuesday, 25 August 2015 (3069665)
Douglas Music to launch its new season
by Henry James

DOUGLAS Music, Parbold, launches its 2015-16 season on Saturday, September 12 at 7.45 pm at the Auditorium, Parbold Village Hall.

First on the agenda will be Southport’s Swingshift Big Band, who under the musical direction of Phil Shotton, will play and tell The Big Band Story, from the 1930's to the present day in two hours.

The concert will also feature Douglas Music’s recently acquired 2000 Steinway Concert Grand that has already has a distinguished career at the Barbican Hall, London.

Saxophonist, Phil Shotton will lead Southport’s Swingshift Big Band, in telling the exciting musical journey of the evolution of big band music across the last 75 years, including music from Glenn Miller, Ted Heath, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton, Buddy Rich, Phil Collins, Gordon Goodwin and Mark Robson.

Starting with Benny Goodman’s 1934 Stompin at the Savoy, the audience will hear such classics as Glenn Miller’s In the Mood and Philidelphia 65000 through to Duke Ellington’s Satin Doll, Quincy Jones’s Soul Bossa Nova’, to Gordon Goodwin’s Ever Braver Ever Stronger and Phil Collins ‘s Against all odds.

Swingshift Big Band, from its foundation in 2000, is hot from the Wigan International Jazz Festival and has potential concerts in Greece lined up for 2016.

About to celebrate its 15th birthday, the band has quickly gained a reputation for being versatile, hard-working and dedicated.

Swingshift performs in major national and international Jazz festivals and is held in high regard among many of the best jazz performers on the UK scene today, like saxophonist, Alan Barnes, who has twice performed in Douglas Music’s seasons.

Swingshift has performed in major national and international Jazz festivals, and also regularly play at big band and jazz clubs performing a varied selection of big band music. This Douglas Music concert chimes with big band music appearing at the 2015 BBC Proms.

Douglas Music aims to present a diverse variety of high quality concerts and is delighted to be participating in the emerging general recognition of big band music-making, like this year’s Prom concerts.

Later in the season the series includes BBC award winning and popular folk duo Nancy Kerr and James Fagan in October, former National Champions Leyland Brass Band in a traditional Christmas Festive programme and two concert pianists in October and November, Janina Fialkowska, a pianist-legend and protégé of the great Artur Rubinstein performs Chopin, and the internationally acclaimed Nikolai Demidenko.

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