Benoit Viellefon And His Orchestra

Reminiscent of the sounds of Duke Ellington, Al Bowlly and Charles Trenet, Benoit Viellefon & his Orchestra are one of the leading bands in the UK's swing scene, playing the classic repertoire of the 1920s to the early 1950s. Although there are many groups playing tunes from the classic songbooks, few do it with such conviction and fewer still are able to write authentically in the style. Benoit & his Orchestra do just that, evoking the sounds and sensations of the golden era of jazz - on stage, in the studio, and when putting pen to manuscript paper.

The Orchestra is made up of the finest musicians on the London jazz scene, all of them bringing their own character and experience, and contributing to the unique identity of the band. In their latest formation, they are a formidable 7 piece band - drummer, double bassist, pianist, tenor saxophonist, clarinetist, trumpeter, all providing backing vocals, and fronted by Benoit on rhythm guitar and lead vocals. Over the last year they have worked hard to source and arrange over 40 tunes from the classic repertoire of the 1920s to the early 1950s. And they put it to good use, playing swing, jive, French chanson, and much more for up to two and a half hours! The show doesn't stop there though as they also have a fantastic dance troupe at their disposal, rehearsed and ready to go at any time.

Consistently first choice at vintage festivals, high profile events across Europe, as well as boasting residencies in London's most exclusive clubs and concert halls, their busy diary is testament to the public's love for their music and the atmosphere they create. Most recently they have appeared on national television and radio, and have been hired by the likes of Rowan Atkinson and Madonna.

Over the last six years the band has played over 700 concerts in venues of all shapes and sizes to people of all walks of life. Wherever they play, they never falter in their endeavour to entertain their many audiences, especially those who revel in the nostalgia and elegance of a bygone era. They are one of the bands that pioneered the revival of a culture that has recently swept across all parts of Europe and the USA, a culture who's music, fashion, dance steps and lifestyle have captured the imagination of a new generation.

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Brandyn Shaw And His Rhythm Makers

Brandyn Shaw And His Rhythm MakersBrandyn is recognised by many, particularly on the country-wide ‘vintage’ scene, as the 'New' Voice of the 1930s, paying particular tribute to the crooning stars of the age - most notably Al Bowlly.

Brandyn had the great honour to be chosen to perform as Al Bowly at the unveiling of Al's long-awaited English Heritage Blue Plaque by Ray Pallett – Bowlly’s Biographer.

Brandyn has also appeared on BBC4's  ‘Len Goodman's Dance Band Days’, where again he re-enacted one of Al's greatest hits, 'The Very Thought of You', along with Jon Butterfield on piano as Monia Liter. Subsequently, Brandyn took his show, ‘They Called Me Al’, to one of the main Cabaret spots in London’s West End.

Leading his Rhythm Makers dance band, with its authentic style and sound, Brandyn Shaw recreates and celebrates the glamour, elegance and verve that became the Golden Era of British Dance Bands.

Dance the night away to hits by Roy Fox, Lew Stone, Henry Hall, Harry Roy and many more, with vocal tributes to Al Bowlly, Val Rosing, J. Pat O'Malley, Sam Browne and even the novelty vocals of Harry Roy himself.

Brandyn's ultimate aim is to take you all on a musical journey back to the Golden Era of British Dance Bands, the birth of popular music and the origins of many of the classic popular hits we know and love today - plus one or two that may have been forgotten along the way. A dance band show not to be missed!

"When Brandyn is on stage performing songs like Goodnight Sweetheart and Love Is The Sweetest Thing - Al Bowlly LIVES. Close your eyes and you could be at one of Al's stage performances in the 1930s! The resemblance is uncanny. There have been Bowlly imitators/tribute acts before, but not like Brandyn!"  Ray Pallett (Official Biographer of Al Bowlly – Author of ‘They Called Him Al’ and Editor of Memory Lane Magazine)



The Palace Avenue Dance Orchestra

The Palace Dance Avenue OrchestraThe Palace Avenue Dance Orchestra is an authentic and highly swinging 13-piece dance band (8 horns + violin) that, in its current incarnation, only performs special arrangements of music recorded and released during the 1930s, with the emphasis on the early 1930s when this size of band of popular. The band performs a fully transcribed pad of music, with each song painstakingly taken down from original recordings and arranged specifically for the band, with feature numbers for each member. 

The music that the band performs is mostly British and American dance band music chosen from this golden era of jazz, and the majority of the repertoire are real hidden gems. The rich, haunting melodies of Isham Jones, Lew Stone, Ambrose and Jack Hylton mix with distinctive and driving early 30s Fletcher Henderson, Nat Gonella, Cab Calloway, Jack Teagarden, Don Redman and Mills Blue Rhythm, all the way up to later 30s numbers from Artie Shaw, Goodman, Ellington and Dorsey. Hot numbers from Louis Armstrong's incredible 1930s Orchestra are recreated with aplomb, and there is also Jimmy Lunceford's blistering 300bpm White Heat, and Harlem Congo from Chick Webb included for especially for fast feet!