Len Phillips Swing Orchestra with Matt Ford and Nicola Emmanuelle

100 Years of Big Bands

Len Phillips Swing Orchestra with Matt Ford and Nicola Emmanuelle

Sunday 11 September 2022, 15:00

Past Event
100 Years of Big Bands Past Event


Programme includes:
Rhapsody in Blue (Paul Whiteman)
Sing, Sing, Sing (Benny Goodman)
In the Mood (Glenn Miller)
Come Fly with Me (Frank Sinatra)
April in Paris (Count Basie)
’S Wonderful (Ella Fitzgerald)
Feeling Good (Michael Bublé)
and many more


Joe Pettitt musical director
Matt Ford voice
Nicola Emmanuelle voice
Len Phillips Swing Orchestra

The Len Phillips Swing Orchestra makes a welcome return to Cadogan Hall to celebrate a century of swing, tracing the development of big bands from Louis Armstrong’s New Orleans and the Paul Whiteman Orchestra through the golden age of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller to the contemporary tracks of Michael Bublé and Harry Connick Jr. Paying homage to the great big band singers Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis Jr and Cab Calloway along the way, feet will be tapping to the sheer power of a 17-piece swing orchestra.

With their latest single making the Top 40 in the UK Singles Chart and Number 1 in the iTunes Jazz Chart, the Len Phillips Swing Orchestra is Britain’s most popular big band. Their lockdown livestream series attracted over 100,000 views and included the very first streamed big band concert from London’s iconic Abbey Road Studios.

Matt Ford is perhaps best known for his work with the John Wilson Orchestra, including six appearances at the BBC Proms.

Playing the part of Ella Fitzgerald in the West End show The Rat Pack: Live from Las Vegas, Nicola Emmanuelle is one of the most outstanding singers in Britain today.

“…glorious, and in no small part thanks to you and your marvellous orchestra!” (Dame Joan Collins)

“It was a joy to be up close and personal with the Len Phillips band.” (Len Goodman)

“The perfect ingredients for a superb afternoon of music.” (Eastbourne Herald)

“Ford is the archetypal crooner in the mould of Sinatra and Crosby.” (David Mellor, Mail on Sunday)

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