Songs from The Golden Age of Swing: Down for the Count Orchestra at Cadogan Hall on 10 September

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Experience a journey back in time as the Down for the Count Orchestra and soloists bring the cherished “Songs from The Golden Age of Swing” to life at Cadogan Hall, London, on 10 September 2023. The show starts at 6.30 pm, offering a remarkable evening of musical nostalgia.

A Nostalgic Musical Experience

Escape the stress of modern life and immerse yourself in the captivating sounds of a 30-piece orchestra, accompanied by three exceptional vocalists. The performance evokes the atmosphere of Hollywood’s Capitol Studios in the 1950s.

Vintage Jazz and Swing at Cadogan Hall

Cadogan Hall, already known as London’s prime spot for jazz and swing events, sets the stage for the full Down for the Count Orchestra. With an added string section, the ensemble is led by Band Manager, pianist, and arranger Mike Paul-Smith. Vocalists Lydia Bell, Katie Birtill, and Marvin Muoneké complete the lineup for an unforgettable night.

Mike Paul-Smith

Reliving the Golden Age

The Down for the Count Orchestra specializes in recreating the instrumental and vocal sounds of a bygone era. They showcase the music of legendary artists like Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Judy Garland, Doris Day, Frank Sinatra, and Nat King Cole, backed by the timeless arrangements of Nelson Riddle and Gordon Jenkins.

Origins of the Band’s Name

Mike Paul-Smith shares the story behind the band’s name: “When hunting for the band name, we came across the Basie tune ‘Down for the Count’ and were just drawn to it. We love Count Basie tunes, and although we’re not a Basie tribute act, we always try and include some Basie numbers in our swing sets – especially when playing for dancers, who love that repertoire.”

The Vision behind the Orchestra

The Down for the Count Orchestra’s roots can be traced back to Mike Paul-Smith’s teenage years when he formed small bands for parties and weddings. Over time, their lineup evolved into the Down for the Count All-Stars mini big band, which continues to perform and will embark on a national tour later this year.

The orchestra’s goal is to breathe new life into vintage music, taking it on international tours and eventually, hopefully, performing at the BBC Proms. As lead saxophonist Alex Western-King puts it, “You’re playing great music with great people and trying to do it justice. It’s something I enjoy very much.”

Upcoming Performances

Following their September 10th show, the Down for the Count Orchestra will return to Cadogan Hall on December 28th, with their popular “Swing Into Christmas” concert, marking the end of their national tour.

Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy the nostalgic sounds of the Golden Age of Swing, brought to life by the incredible Down for the Count Orchestra.

About Me

I’m Dr. Miles Beaumont from the charming town of York in the UK. I’ve spent over three decades as a medical doctor, helping people and contributing to important research. I graduated from Oxford University, and ever since, I’ve devoted myself to improving the health and lives of others.

When I’m not practicing medicine, you’ll find me soaking up the world of jazz music. It’s been a passion of mine since I turned 30, and I’ve been an active part of York’s jazz scene ever since. Whether it’s going to local gigs, listening to records at home, or just enjoying the rhythmic and improvisational magic of jazz, it’s a big part of who I am.