FRIDAY NIGHT

Michael Law's Piccadilly Dance Orchestra

Michael Law's Piccadilly Dance Orchestra - owned and managed by Michael and Alan Bennett-Law, is world famous for providing superb entertainment to a very high standard and much sought-after for concert and cabaret performances as well as for private parties and corporate events. From the Charleston of the 1920s Gatsby era through the beautiful classic songs of the 1930s, to swing and jazz hits, Michael Law's Piccadilly Dance Orchestra performs the greatest dance music and the best tunes of the Jazz Age.

Elegant, musically immaculate and infused with toe-tapping rhythm, the PDO’s recordings have recently been chosen for the soundtracks of CSI, Gotham as well as an award-winning documentary about Stanley Kubrick…and two of the PDO’s recordings (Happy Feet and Dance Little Lady) have been heard by more than two and a half million people on YouTube. The PDO enjoyed residencies at London's Ritz and Savoy Hotels and have recorded seven CDs. Their sensational Café de Paris events have set a new standard for recreations of 1920s/30s high society entertainment.

At The Savoy, The PDO were the last to perform on the legendary stage where so many great bands of the past had performed, including Carroll Gibbons and the Savoy Hotel Orpheans, Geraldo, Fred Elizalde and Debroy Somers. Acclaimed worldwide for their spirited recreations of the music of the British Dance Bands, Michael and the PDO were especially chosen for BBC 4's highly successful Len Goodman's Dancing Feet and a sequel, Len Goodman's Dance Band Days - and following their concert at John Dankworth and Cleo Laine's Wavendon theatre: "this was probably the most entertaining evening I can remember...the orchestra is really superb". Catch The PDO in the Helen Mirren/Michael Caine movie Last Orders.

http://www.pdo.org.uk/

 

SATURDAY NIGHT

Brandyn Shaw And His Rhythm Makers

Brandyn Shaw And His Rhythm MakersBrandyn is widely acclaimed as one of the country’s most authentic vintage entertainers. He has notably sang and been interviewed on the BBC’s documentary, 'Len Goodman’s Dance Band Days', as well as numerous BBC radio programmes,re-enacting one of the greatest crooners of the period - Al Bowlly.

Brandyn's show takes you to a time when most people's entertainment was listening to the wireless, with his recreation of an early 1940’s radio broadcast. Listen to the birth of 'pop' music and the hits of the day - with Brandyn’s vocal tributes to Al Bowlly, Sam Browne, Val Rosing, J. Pat O'Malley, and the cheeky Harry Roy, to name but a few. There are a few funny surprises along the way as Brandyn announces the original adverts of the day! https://www.bdsentertainments.co.uk/

 

SUNDAY NIGHT

Benoit Viellefon & His Orchestra

Benoit Viellefon & His OrchestraIn his flagship project, Benoit directs an ensemble of internationally acclaimed musicians in a manner reminiscent of Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway and Charles Trenet at the very height of their popularity. His authentic vocal renditions of French chanson, Swing, Jive, Russian folk, Charleston, Latin American dance music have captivated audiences across the UK and all over Europe, Russia and the Far East. Benoit's successful tours in Italy, France, Belgium, Croatia, Russia and Japan are testament to the orchestra's dazzling mix of high-energy multi-instrumental virtuosity and effortless melody, guaranteed to have audiences on their feet and in each others' arms. The Orchestra are the hottest live outfit for all those who revel in the nostalgia and elegance of a bygone era, with a repertoire consisting of the most beautiful and uplifting songs from the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s and originals in the same classic style.

The Orchestra, in their latest incarnation, features a talented troupe of musicians - drummer, double bassist, pianist, tenor saxophonist, clarinettist, trumpeter, all providing backing vocals, fronted by Benoit on rhythm guitar and lead vocals - and sometimes special guests the famous dancers & flapper girls The Bees Knees. The incredible 3 part horn section is their secret weapon and key to delivering a rich and exciting sound. Countless tunes have been sourced and arranged for the this 7 piece ensemble and new material is added on a regular basis to please their following. The Orchestra have surely become London's hottest live outfit for all those who revel in the nostalgia and elegance of a bygone era. http://www.benoitandhisorchestra.com/