The Pasadena Roof Orchestra celebrate their 50th year with a busy concert schedule playing the finest music from the 1920’s and 1930’s.
The orchestra has played in most of the major concert houses in Europe, including the Musikhalle in Hamburg, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Queen Elizabeth Hall London,
the National Concert House in Dublin, the Doelen in Rotterdam. It has toured the USA four times and recorded more than forty albums. The Orchestra has provided music for films, such as the ‘Comedian Harmonists’ (Josef Vilsmaier) and completed a soundtrack for ‘Just a Gigolo’ 1980 with David Bowie and Marlene Dietrich (her
last film). It has appeared at Buckingham Palace (Christmas party 2010) and its soundtracks have been used in numerous advertising campaigns.
The orchestra presents an unbeatable live concert at theatres across Europe presenting the songs of George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, and orchestrations from Duke Ellington, Ray Noble, Fletcher Henderson. The show also includes songs that were sung by Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby and Al Bowlly, all served up with a liberal dash of ‘British humour’ as one critic put it ‘Unbeatable, pure Champagne!’
When it comes to authentic swing music the orchestra has no equal. The orchestra performs year-round with a line up of eleven excellent jazz musicians who have perfected their craft and studied jazz at the top conservatoires. Many years of working
together with top class arrangements, result in the ensemble sound for which the orchestra is renowned. The show is presented in a way that not only showcases this talent, but adds some wit and humour.
The repertoire currently comprises over 200 titles of jazz, early swing and dance music from the era, all of these are scrutinised, not only by the leader Duncan Galloway, but by the whole orchestra. Some of the new arrangements are from two of the band members, the trombonist Adrian Fry and the pianist Simon Townley.
The Pasadena Roof Orchestra show includes famous tunes such as ‘Puttin on the Ritz’, ‘Sweet Georgia Brown’, ‘The Lullaby of Broadway’ as well as hot numbers from the twenties such as Duke Ellington’s ‘Black and Tan Fantasy’ or ‘Truckin.’
The show is far from a pure history lesson as audiences can testify; there is a liberal dose of ‘British humour’ in its presentation.
All proceeds from this event will go to aid the work of Midlands Air Ambulance Charity