Benny Goodman

May 30, 1909: Jazz Musician Benny Goodman is Born On this day in 1909, jazz clarinettist and orchestra leader Benny Goodman was born. Goodman’s passion was music and his big band sound quickened the pulse of a generation ready to shrug off the Depression and dance. With clarinet in hand, Benny Goodman was transformed from a child in Chicago’s impoverished

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Happy Birthday Doris Day

Happy 90th Birthday to Doris Day, film legend & a wonderful jazz and big band singer Doris Day (born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff; April 3, 1922) is an American actress, singer, and animal rights activist. Doris began her career as a big band singer in 1939. Her popularity began to rise after her first hit recording, “Sentimental Journey”, in 1945. After

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Classic American Song book

From its origins on Broadway and from Hollywood, the music from Great American Songbook has captured the imaginations of generations. The Great American Songbook represents the music and popular songs of the famous and most prolific American composers of the 1920s and onwards. Amongst others, these composers include Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, and Rodgers. Listen to

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Mellow Sounds

Evenings on Smile Sussex are a time to relax with some of the greatest mellow sounds ever recorded. For an accompaniment of softer and more gentle songs into a romantic and nostalgic world , written to soothe and touch every heart So if you’re feeling misty and want to take a sentimental journey, it’s time to settle down and Smile

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Up Tempo Beats

Tap your feet in time to the rhythm as Daytime on Smile Sussex fills your world with the best up tempo songs. So if you’re in the mood for some Glenn Miller or want to get a kick out of listening to Shirley Bassey then tune in, because it’s time to Face the Music and Dance

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Mainly Miller of Big Band Jazz
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For the opportunity to hear the greatest Standards and Jazz by a live Big Band come down to The Mainly Miller Evening of Big Band Jazz evening with the Les Paul Band at the Patcham Community Centre, Brighton on the 29th August from 8.15pm until 11pm. Tickets £5 on the door, bring your own bottle and light snacks. The Les

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The Congress Theatre Eastbourne Presents Swingin’ On Broadway
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Big Band Sounds once again resonate at the Congress Theatre with The Len Phillips Big Band on Sunday 31 August, 3pm! The big band sounds continue at Eastbourne Theatres this summer as British singer, pianist and songwriter Joe Stilgoe and Emmerdale’s Richard Shelton join the show Swingin’ On Broadway; The Len Philips Big Band heads to the Congress Theatre on

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The Congress Theatre Eastbourne presents Puttin’ On The Ritz
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Share 50 years of Musicals with Lorna Luft in Puttin’ On the Ritz! Take a nostalgic journey through the last 50 years of movie history filled with glamour and pazzaz in Puttin’ On the Ritz at the Congress Theatre from Tuesday 2 – Saturday 6 September, featuring special guest American singing sensation Lorna Luft, daughter of legendary Hollywood actress Judy

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Macmillan Extravaganza, Forest Row

The Macmillan Extravaganza, a day out for all the family with coffee & cake, guess the weight of the cake, raffle, auctions, fun dog show & much more! Bring the kids and come down to the Swan Inn,  Forest Row West Sussex  between 10am and 3pm,  Saturday 20th September and enjoy this  great fun day out and help raise money for Macmillan

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Paul Higgs in Concert with Pavane
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Paul Higgs in Concert with Pavane An evening featuring beautiful and evocative compositions from Paul Higgs’ album, Pavane. An atmospheric meeting between classical and jazz transports the listener into exotic and melodious soundworlds, led by the elegant and seductive sound of Paul’s trumpet. The ensemble is supported by a cello and jazz rhythm section. Time / date: Saturday, 23rd August,

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The Rye International Jazz Festival 2014
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The Rye International Jazz Festival is 4 days and 5 nights of the finest in Jazz, Blues,R&B, Soul, Funk and Gospel right here in Sussex. Intimate performances take place at many venues within Rye and at locations across the surrounding area throughout the festival period. Headline Events Include: Jazz Nights presents: Derek Nash Joe Stilgoe & Claire Martin Late at

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The Royal London One-Day Cup
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The summer visit the Sussex County Cricket Club in Hove and watch the Sussex Sharks in action in the new Royal London One-Day Cup during the summer of 2014. The Sharks are very excited for the start of this new 50 over tournament, which has been bought in by the ECB to replicate the international game. Make sure you don’t

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Judy Garland and Martha Raye

Judy Garland and Martha Raye performing a great Glenn Miller Medley, with added comedy effect. Worth a watch!

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