78 RPM Big Band
Impeccable Big Band Sound
Formed in 1990, the 78 RPM Big Band dominates the jazz, blues and funk scene in Cambridge. Its lively and versatile approach has quickly established it as one of the most popular bands in the Eastern Region and beyond. With their showmanship and energetic style, performances are definitely not to be missed.
The Essential Performance
The (upto) seventeen piece band are as equally at home in a concert environment as they are in the strict tempo ballroom or local club or pub. Whatever the venue their performance is electric, spontaneous and full of vitality and enthusiasm. They are immaculately turned out in their black polo shirts which sport the distinctive 78 RPM logo, or dinner jackets are worn for the more formal occasion.
A Storehouse of Sounds
78 RPM play a wide range of music from the luscious big band tones of Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington and Count Basie, through to the funk of The Average White Band and Earth, Wind and Fire, to the progressive jazz of Pat Metheny and even the theme from the Naked Gun Films.
Holding Impressive Credentials
The individual musicians have impressive credentials with varied and interesting backgrounds. They have a wealth of experience in live performing, coming from the QE2 and the Canberra, have featured in numerous radio and TV broadcasts and have played with Mark Rattray, Luke Goss, Bernie Marsden and Colin Bluntstone, The Drifters, Shakatak and Katrina and The Waves.
The Band was awarded second place in the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Big Band Competition in 1995 and the band's leader, Julian Landymore, scooped the Marty Paich Trophy for best arrangement.
To complement its big band sound, 78 RPM has two vocalists from the trombone section. There is also the option of adding a little extra 'wow' to the line up, with a female singer performing songs from Swing to Latin, in the styles of Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Cleo Laine.
78 RPM provides musical entertainment for many different occasions with a programme packed full of fun and surprises, appealing to a wide audience. Should your venue require it the band's line up can be fashioned for a ten or fourteen piece and background music is always available live or taped.