40s re­vival from theGlenn Miller Or­ches­tra

The Tribune (NZ) - - ENTERTAINMENT THAT’S -

It was the sound that de­fined an age. With en­dur­ing 1940s swing era hits such as In the Mood, Moon­light Ser­e­nade, Penn­syl­va­nia 6-5000, Chat­tanooga Choo Choo, A String of Pearls, Amer­i­can Pa­trol, Tuxedo Junction, and Lit­tle Brown Jug, Glenn Miller had no equal – be­fore or since.

The Amer­i­can bands­man who dis­ap­peared over the English Chan­nel in 1944 while fly­ing to en­ter­tain Amer­i­can troops in France dur­ing World War II, had 23 num­ber one records and 72 top ten hits be­tween 1939 and 1943. Elvis who? A band called...the what­tles? Michael, um Jack­son, is it?

70 years later, his or­ches­tra lives on. The 23-strong tour­ing out­fit formed in 1956 is back play­ing the Re­gent on Broad­way this Satur­day night at 7.30pm.

Not only does it boast the creme de la creme of US big band mu­si­cal tal­ent, but comes with an out­stand­ing soloist, a ‘jump’’ trio, and its own dancers.

In­vited by Rod Stewart to per­form at his 1940’s themed Bel Air 70th birth­day bash, the Glenn Miller Or­ches­tra has per­formed over the decades with stars such as Frank Si­na­tra, Ray Charles, Barry White, and Michael Bolton.

Soloist Wendy Smith Brune out front of the Glenn Miller Or­ches­tra.

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