Our Next Concert (2)

Saturday 25th November, 8pm



Cliff has for many years admired one of the great big band leaders, Woody Herman.  This year marks thirty years since Woody's death and Cliff will be paying respect to him and his music in tonight's concert.  Woody (Woodrow) was born in 1913 and took over the leadership of the Isham Jones orchestra in 1936 and thereafter led his own bands, usually known as The Herd, for the next fifty years.  The Second Herd is perhaps his best known with a line-up great saxophonists such as Stan Getz, Zoot Sims and Al Cohn and the calibre of musicians employed by Woody was always of the highest level.


Cliff has been a professional drummer for over 40 years working both in this country and abroad and also afloat on cruise ships such as the QE2 and Canberra.  The number of artists he has worked with is both numerous and varied and includes such well-known names as Matt Monro, Frankie Laine, Anne Shelton, Max Bygraves, Helen Shapiro and Nat Gonella.  His big band experience includes touring with Herb Miller (Glenn's brother), the New Squadronaires and Bob Miller and the Millermen.  As a musical director he has worked with Peter Gordeno, Bob Monkhouse and, for ten years, Danny Williams with his tribute to Nat “King” Cole.


Cliff started this big band in 2009 to revive the great musical arrangements of the classic period of the Herman Herds and we will be reminded of why Woody's bands were so popular.  Along with his vocalists Cliff and his musicians will present such 1940's classics as Four Brothers, Apple Honey, The Good Earth, Bijou and Caledonia as well as music from his later years.  Additionally they will be playing music associated with some of the other great big bands of that era.


Along with Cliff his band is made up of the following musicians: 

John Hinch, Sam Eastmond, Dave Peers, Malcolm Knapp (trumpets): Sam Crooks, Ray Wordsworth, Adrian Jarvis, (trombones): Nick Charles, Simeon Murray, Steve Salkind, Glen Johnson, Simon Briggs (saxophones): Rory Briggs (piano): Alfie Carroll (guitar): Henry Thomas (bass).