The Big Swing Band
7.30PM - 11.00PM
The Big Swing Band is a 17-piece big band that has been playing in the South London area since 1982. The band, lead by Alan English, features a standard 5-4-4-4 line up and is completed by vocalist Grace Bishop. As well as being regular performers for many years at the Bull's Head at Barnes, the band plays at pubs in South London and various swing dance/jive/lindyhop events, as well as fundraisers and private functions. Concentrating on a swing repertoire, they play both classics from the swing era, such the tunes of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Glen Miller and Benny Goodman, and modern compositions, including works of Maynard Ferguson, Quincy Jones, Bill Holman and Frank Mantooth. In addition they also play arrangements written especially for the band by their former MD Graham Mintram and guitarist Richard Lea.