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Big Band Swing (That Swing Sensation Big Band)

By | Published on Wednesday 31 August 2011

At their best, ‘That Swing Sensation’ conjure up a Hollywood movie scene: cool Forties jazz plays in a smoky bar as Sean Connery orders a Martini – shaken, not stirred. At their worst, St Andrew’s and St George’s West is transformed into a wedding disco, without bride, groom or drunken uncle. Almost offensively inoffensive, they restrict their oeuvre to classic big-band tracks without attempting anything more challenging, though their playing is good enough that they could easily carry it off. But that’s almost their charm: no-one in the audience tonight really wanted to see new experimental material. ‘That Swing Sensation’ are first and foremost a nostalgia trip, and it’s an act they play well.

St Andrew’s And St George’s West, 27 Aug, 7.30pm (9.30pm), £8.00 – £10.00, fpp196
tw rating 3/5