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Goodbye Big Band Special (1979-2013) Sep 23 / Live Date Nov 6 / Quotes

Jiggs Whigham directing the BBC Big Band
Photo Credit: Frazer Ashford

This Monday, 23rd September 2013, will be the last BBC Radio 2 Big Band Special (see our piece about it with various updates HERE), the presenter is Clare Teal, and the session was directed by Jiggs Whigham.

The final tune of this final programme will be Peter Cook and Dudley Moore’s Goodbye (Arr. Steve Gray).

The programme will also include:

Bali Hai (arr. Ralph Dollimore) – performed in the first episode, back in September 1979

Cocktails for Two (featuring guest singer Ian Shaw) – Arr. Steve Gray

There is no Greater Love (Arr Steve Gray)

One For My Three ( Patrick Williams – the original Big Band Special theme tune)

LISTEN HERE (for seven days after transmission)

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Jazz Line Up are recording the band in Sevenoaks live on Wednesday 6th November, with Australian multi-instrumentalist James Morrison. Claire Martin presenting.

Venue: The Space at Sevenoaks School.
Tickets from the Space Box Office on 01732 467765 /

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Thank you guys, you’re wonderful” – Michel Legrand

By far the best band to come out of England” – George Shearing

They brilliantly continue the tradition of Big Band music. As such they are important as well as marvellous” – Michael Parkinson

…for me, this is the band” – Mel Tormé

Not only are they terrific musicians, they also have a marvellous sense of humour” – Ken Bruce

I told my wife that for my next birthday I want this band as a gift” – Lalo Schifrin

A wonderful bunch of guys, the best in the business” – Clare Teal

A jazz orchestra primed and at the ready to get to the heart of the matter. For survival, one must be versatile, for jazz, one must be ready to swing … hard! The BBC Big Band live both realities.” – Julian Joseph

A wonderful band” – Tony Bennett

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