Regarded as the finest jazz spectacle ever, the Benny Goodman Carnegie Hall concert of 1938 is revered by big band fans, and recordings of that historic event continue to still sell today on vinyl and CD. It's thanks to Benny that jazz was elevated from the dance halls, clubs and dives to the concert platform.
If you love big bands this show is a must for you. The repertoire is as refreshing today as it was in 1938, and Pete Long and the All-Star Goodmen Orchestra bring it alive with their outstanding musicianship. In keeping with the original concert Pete uses Benny Goodman's favoured clarinet reeds and drummer Richard Pite plays an exact replica of Gene Krupa's kit using Geneís actual cymbals and brushes. The entire repertoire from the 1938 concert is featured, including Don't Be That Way, Sing Sing Sing, I Got Rhythm, If Dreams Come True and Springtime in the Rockies.
Long, who has played with Jools Holland and Ronnie Scottís Big Band, will have a big band that includes singer Joan Viskant and musicians Enrico Tomasso, Anthony Kerr and Richard Pite as they pay tribute to such a landmark concert.