For more than 30 years, the Len Phillips Big Band has been entertaining lovers of swing music across the country and around the world. On 20 March, led by Trinity’s Head of Jazz, Rock and Pop, it will be performing the first livestream direct from Abbey Road Studios – made famous by The Beatles.
The 17-piece band has been aired on BBC Radio 2 and plays regularly at The Ritz in London – as well as Croydon’s Ashcroft Theatre. Its musicians will be joined by Matt Ford, who is widely recognised as the UK’s number one big band vocalist. Matt has been a featured soloist on four BBC Proms, is a regular on Radio 2’s Friday Night Is Music Night and works with orchestras such as the CBSO, Hallé and RPO. Last year, Matt was also in school giving a masterclass to some of our jazz singers.
No ticket is required for the 90-minute event, which airs at 2.30pm on Saturday, 20 March. Simply go to the Len Phillips Big Band Facebook page or YouTube channel to watch. The concert will also be available to view for a further two weeks.
“Throughout the pandemic, the Len Phillips Big Band - which plays annually in Trinity’s Concert Hall - has been streaming concerts from venues of all shapes and sizes; including my back garden and a turkey barn! Len Phillips passed away in January and we felt we needed to mark this with a fitting tribute. With concert halls closed, my mind turned to recording studios. I’m delighted that Abbey Road agreed to let us stream a concert direct from its iconic studio, marking its first livestreamed concert from a big band. Trinity parent and ex-Abbey road engineer, Mark Rogers, will be engineering the show, and we have teamed up with stream.theatre to give us a full HD camera and lighting rig."
Joe Pettitt, Head of Jazz, Rock and Pop