MIke James Orchestra’s “the Last of the Big Bands” was another great succuess at the Devere Orchard hotel. This was the first one this year .after doing two great sell out shows last year at the Devere Orchard Hotel. Mike James as been booked to do five more show this year at the Devere Orchard this year.
The first one was on the 15th February and once again was packed. As well as MIke James and his 18 piece Orchestra, featured vocalist were Jacqui Lewis. Matty Roberts and of coure Mikes wife Gillian James. Mike James’s lastest show “The Last of the Big Bands” features the music of Glen Miller, Count Basie and Tommy Dorsey who all left their mark on the music world with some of the best swing tunes of yesterday. Combine that with the orchestral and popular sounds of Bert Kempfert, James Last and Andre Rieu with vocal tributes to the song stylist of yesterday and today (e.g. Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Buble, and Diana Krall) and you have show of unforgettable musical magic.
This unique show, tracing the history of the big band from the 1940s to the present day, encompasses many of the flag-waving numbers from the swing era with the most popular tunes of today. In musical terms the end product is a high-powered and dynamic mix of the past and present. The next show in the series is on Sunday 3rd may and will be followed by shows on 26th July ,23rd August and finally the christmas show on the 6th Dec.
The Mike James Orchestra ‘s vast repertoire covers almost every area of music, from “In the Mood”, American Patrol, Woodchoppers Ball, Lullaby of Broadway and I`ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm, to the more popular and instantly recognisable modern day hits of Abba, the Beatles, the Drifters andBoney M – and even on to including some of the best-known pieces from the world of classical music. The list is apparently endless
The result is a hedonistic mix of good, tuneful music, laced with a generous helping of humour, and delivered in a style that encourages audience participation from the first few bars of the opening number. In summary, if theatre patrons do not instantly respond and join in with the proceedings, then it’s something of a rarity. For a Mike James concert is one of those not-to-be-missed events .for more details on Mike James go to his web site www.mikejamessound.com.