Front Row News – No.3

Happy New Year!

The Front Row Big Band performing in the Sunningdale Suite at Dunston Hall Norwich, for their smash hit 'A Swingin' Christmas' concert.
The Front Row Big Band performing in the Sunningdale Suite at Dunston Hall Norwich.

Welcome to our first newsletter of 2024 of the Front Row Big Band! One of the best jazz and swing big bands in Norwich and across the East of England.

Since our last newsletter we have had two successful gigs – our ‘Winter Warmer’ at The Venue Holt, and ‘A Swingin’ Christmas’ in The Sunningdale Suite at Dunston Hall, Norwich. We had great attendance and very appreciative audiences at both performances. The big band were on top form, and everyone went home full of Christmas spirit. The new arrangement of ‘The Nutcracker’ was particularly popular and drew cheers at both venues.

The Year Ahead – Upcoming Big Band Events in Norfolk

Our aim in 2024 is to bring both old and new fans into the world of jazz and Big Bands. We have created exciting opportunities with guest artists and new themes for The Front Row Big Band events. Watch this space!

Jazz at The Hall with the Front Row Big Band. Performing in Dunston Hall, Norwich, Norfolk.We have two ‘Jazz at The Hall’ dates on February 1st and April 4th. Both will be in the intimate (70-capacity) setting of The Eaton Suite at Dunston Hall. We will be playing a mix of old and new charts with 2 Glenn Miller numbers guaranteed. There will be a licensed bar in the room and, of course, plenty of free parking. Tickets for seeing the big band on February the 1st at Dunston Hall at available here. 

On Sunday, February 11th we will be relocating to the Edwardian glory of Gorleston Pavilion Theatre with our incredibly special guest, the virtuoso trumpeter Mike Lovatt in our ‘From Lovatt with Love’ concert. Check out the video of Mike on our website and Facebook page.

Mike is one of the most sought-after lead and solo trumpet players in the world. Mike Lovatt spent New Year’s Eve 2022 in Los Angeles playing lead trumpet for Seth McFarlane. Amongst other top-drawer material, there will be a special Ted Heath section plus a tribute to the original James Bond trumpet soloist Derek Watkins. This will be an unforgettable afternoon with one of the best in the business.

Tickets for this not-to-be-missed concert are available from the Gorleston Pavilion Website Here. 

Looking Further Ahead

On April 27th we go to the other Pavilion Theatre in Norfolk, Cromer, to play our annual gig with the Inimitable Olly Day—more about this in our next newsletter. Be sure to check out our Calendar page to see all of our upcoming concerts.

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Thanks for following us and for helping to keep live music going in The East of England. We wish you all a Very Happy New Year and look forward to seeing you soon.

All best wishes,
The Front Row Big Band