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

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Summer Jazz Night 2014
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Tuesday 15th July 2014 7:45 pm – 8:45 pm   Brighton & Hove Youth Big Band return to The Old Market for an evening of high-energy music, with classic swing numbers from the 30s and 40s through to contemporary funk and soul – Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Miles Davis, Theolonius Monk and Stevie Wonder -  something for everyone!  Brighton &

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Smile Sussex Profiles: Judy Garland
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With ‘Wicked’ passing it’s tenth year, we look into the life of Judy Garland who famously played Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. The story that inspired one of the greatest musicals of all time. Judy Garland (born Frances Ethel Gumm; June 10, 1922 – June 22, 1969)     Described by Fred Astaire as “the greatest entertainer who ever

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NSA South Sheep 28th June 2014
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Location: Black Cap Farm Firle Lewes East Sussex BN8 6LR Event opens 9.00am – 5.00pm What to See & Do Why not come along and visit Blackcap Farm for the day, with loads to see and do, there will be something for everyone. Event Timetable What to expect: Trade Stands Trade exhibitors will be displaying agriculturally related goods and services.

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Vintage Afternoon Tea at The Pelham Hotel
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Special Offer Available till Friday 27th June Every Afternoon   The Pelham Hotel’s BistroFifteen currently offers a Vintage Style Afternoon Tea for an extraordinary price, only available to book until Midnight on Friday.     The Offer Includes: A glass of chilled Prosecco A selection of freshly made sandwiches, including: Smoked Scottish salmon and cream cheese on mustard and dill loaf Free

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Cardiac Rehabilitation Support Sponsored Walk
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Saturday 28th June 2014 10:00 AM    On Saturday 28th June 2014, a group of ex-cardiac patients and their families will set off from Sea Lane Cafe, Goring-by-sea for their annual sponsored fun walk along Worthing Seafront to raise money for cardiac rehabilitation in West Sussex.     Those taking part will walk to Worthing Pier and back. Volunteers will

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Big Band concert in aid of Help for Heroes

Tony Strudwick is returning to the Shoreham Centre for one night only with his Big Band show, on Sunday, June 8, at 7.30pm in aid of ‘Help for Heroes’. Guests are invited to celebrate the 70th anniversary of D-Day with all the well-known wartime classics as well as the great memorable tunes from the likes of Glen Miller, Count Basie

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