Swing bands playing in Spalding

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A regular column from South Holland Centre in Spalding.

Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Artie Shaw and Cab Calloway – acclaimed American bandleaders andmusicians of the swing era whose music is still cherished by audiences today. Their skill and panache continues to influence musicians too, not least Canadian-born trumpet player Jay Phelps who has been a dynamic presence on the UK jazz scene since he arrived here in 1999.

On Saturday, October 10 (8pm) he’ll be back at the South Holland Centre with his vibrant seven-piece band, Jay’s Jitter Jive, paying homage to the swing era icons as well as playing some Phelps originals. With charismatic trumpeter Jay at the helm and featuring the fantastic Lauren Dalrymple on vocals, this concert is sure to have the audience swinging, smiling and toe-tapping all night long. To help set the scene, the centre’s first-floor bar will be serving Gin Fizz cocktails and mocktails from 7pm. Tickets are £15, £13.50 concessions or just £7.50 for under 26s.

Meanwhile over 100 tickets have already been snapped up for Clare Teal’s January concert at South Holland Centre. Accompanied by her Mini Big Band, the UK’s queen of swing will be singing all of her favourites from the Great American songbook, Great British songbook and more.

This sparkling evening of feel-good music on Friday, January 29, is set to be a sell-out so fans are urged not to delay if they wish to come along. Tickets are £22, £21 concessions.

Finally, lovers of big band music have another chance to catch the RAF Swing Wing (featuring new band leader and vocalist Squadron Leader Matt Little) when they appear at Springfields on Wednesday, November 11. Concert tickets are £19 and proceeds will be donated to Help for Heroes.

Tickets for all three swing concerts are available from the South Holland Centre Box Office 01775 764777 or online at www.southhollandcentre.co.uk