The legendary, award- winning, evergreen singer, Elaine Delmar, performs in these double header concerts of great swinging songs, with the 16-piece Mark Nightingale Big Band.
Long in the planning, this concert captures the sensational experience of a great swinging 16-piece big band of top jazz musicians, playing outstanding arrangements, supporting one of the UK’s most loved and inspiring legendary singers
“Elaine Delmar is one of the ageless, evergreen singing stars that we have... as beautiful and talented as ever... she’s marvellous!” -Sir Michael Parkinson
Sit back and enjoy the wonderful songs by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Richard Rodgers, Harry Warren, Jimmy Van Heusen and many more.
Here's a taste of just five of the magical songs in store
Harold Arlen's "Black Magic", arranged by Allan Ganley
Jerome Kern's "The Way You Look Tonight", arranged by Lex Jasper.
George Gershwin's "Fascinating Rhythm", arranged by Duncan Lamont
Irving Berlin's "Cheek To Cheek", arranged by Allan Ganley
Cole Porter's "So In Love", arranged by Pat Smythe
...and many more from great songwriters and brilliant big band arrangers.
Elaine's popular appearances at Ronnie Scott's Club, The Pheasantry and Crazy Coqs have shown her to be remarkably adaptable in a jazz setting, having worked with such jazz giants as Herb Ellis, Benny Carter and Stephane Grappelli. Her live album at Ronnie Scott's evidence a singer who remains in the prime of her performing life.
JBGB Events are thrilled to explode the myth that evenings of great singing and big band support are but distant memories.
Big Band arrangements are lost. Not true!
Elaine has searched her extensive library to bring to life the many big band arrangements she has filed away which were created by greats including Allan Ganley, Steve Grey, Lex Jasper, Duncan Lamont, Pat Smyth and more.
Big Band concerts are instrumental only. Not true!
In the 20th century the great singers – Sinatra, Martin, Ella, Bennett all performed with Big Bands.
You can’t bring together the musicians to play this music. Not True!
Multi award winning musician, writer and arranger Mark Nightingale, has brought together 16 outstanding musicians to perform this magical music, with an ace rhythm section of Barry Green, Simon Thorpe and Bobby Worth.
But the maths are inhibitive. Not true!
With the support and encouragement of the Pizza Express Group coupled with the music management expertise of promoters JBGB Events, we have created a business plan designed to attract the enthusiastic audiences for whom Elaine and Mark’s Big Band are must get to concerts.
“Mark Nightingale never puts a foot wrong, producing a string of solos which are constantly inventive while keeping your foot tapping” - Tony Augarde Crescendo Jazz Magazine
These two Sunday concerts at Pizza Express Live, Holborn in the EFG London Jazz Festival, with Elaine Delmar and the Mark Nightingale Big Band, will be unforgettable experiences for music lovers of all tastes and generations.