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PRESENTS

FOLLOWING THE HERD

THE MUSIC OF WOODY HERMAN

“One of the best Woody Herman
tribute bands around”

Richard Campbell, Bye Bye Baby Live

ABOUT THE SHOW

Cliff Longhurst’s Jazz Knights Orchestra present a tribute to the legendary clarinetist Woody Herman – 50 years of thundering herds.

Performing material from throughout Woody’s long career which started in the 1930’s right up to his final performances in the 1980s, the music from six decades of popular Jazz is just too good to ever be forgotten. Enjoy the excitement and drive of classic live performances that made Woody Herman a legend.

Jazz Knights use the same line-up as Woody used over most of his career and the many eras his music covered – 5 trumpets, 3 trombones, 5 saxes with 3 tenors (The Four Brothers line-up) and 5 rhythm including vibes. Although most of the charts are instrumental, as Woody was a recognised and well respected singer, the concert/dance repertoire also includes vocal arrangements that he recorded over the years, as well as the songs from his tribute to Al Jolson album – The Jazz Swinger. Many other artists recorded and performed with the Herds, so the band can feature both male and female vocalists, including songs from Woody’s own band singers in the ‘40s, especially Francis Wayne and Mary Ann McCall.

2016/2017 DATES

After a successful 2016 we’re working on our 2017 schedule

Please visit us again soon

THE BAND

Jazz Knights Orchestra are a live band of first class Jazz musicians who really know how to swing. They put power and drive into their performances, recreating the mood of the Woody Herman big band sound that became affectionately known as ‘the thundering herd’. Jazz Knights Orchestra is an 18 piece band performing mostly instrumental numbers, but we also have first class male and female vocalists who perform as part of the show. This combination mirrors the make-up, atmosphere, and above all, the sound of an authentic Woody Herman performance.

DRUMS/LEADER
CLIFF LONGHURST

TRUMPETS
DAVE BORASTON/PETE COOPER/SAM EASTMOND

ADAM FURNESS/JOHN HINCH/MALCOLM KNAPP/DAVE PEERS

TROMBONES
ADAM CRIGHTON/DAVID HORDEN/EOGHAN KELLY

MARTIN LEE THOMSON

ALTO SAX/CLARINET/SOPRANO SAX/FLUTES
NICK CHARLES

TENOR SAX/FLUTES/SOPRANO SAX
WES FRANKLYN/TRACY MENDHAM/SIMEON MURRAY/STEVE SALKIND

BARITONE SAX/BASS CLARINET
GLEN JOHNSON/PHIL WAYMAN

KEYBOARDS
DAN EDWARDS/DAN DIBDEN

BASS/BASS GUITAR
HENRY THOMAS

GUITAR
ALFIE CARROLL/RICHARD BOLTON

VIBES/PERCUSSION
GRAHAM DARE

VOCALS
ANTHONY TROTT/PAM PECKO-SMITH

ARRANGERS
PAUL BUCK/DAVE FLAY/JONATHAN LEWIS/ROB NIELD

PHIL STEEL/SIMON TOWNLEY

Sneak Peek of a Recent Rehearsal!

Jazz Knights Orchestra - A Tribute to Woody Herman

A REPERTOIRE OF OVER 200 TITLES

This Woody Herman tribute leave no gaps in their repertoire with an extensive library covering six decades from the 1930’s to the 1980’s.

You can listen to a few to samples below or view our full repertoire here >

INTRODUCING CLIFF LONGHURST

Cliff has been a professional drummer for over 40 years and has worked across the globe with a wide array of international artists. Famous names including Matt Monro, Frankie Laine, Bert Weedon , Anne Shelton, Helen Shapiro, Nat Gonnella, Tony Hatch and Jackie Trent have all benefited from Cliff’s dynamic performance style.

As the regular drummer with Bob Miller and the Millermen, Chico Arnez, Terry Reaney, Denny Wise and Tommy Hawkins bands Cliff gained an enviable reputation for professionalism and performance.

He was resident drummer and Music Director at the Circus Tavern cabaret club in Essex and backed many artists over the years at the Cesars Palace, Blazers and Lakeside cabaret nightclubs. He toured with Herb Miller and with Harry Bence in the New Squadronaires orchestras, performed with artists such as Norman Wisdom and Max Bygraves and acted as musical director for Bobby Crush, Danny Williams and Bob Monkhouse.

Cliff Longhurst with nat Cole, Norman Wisdom and Bob Monkhouse

Cliffs love for the music of Woody Herman led him to start to collecting genuine Herman arrangement charts over a decade ago. In the end he collected enough material, with specially written or adapted charts, that in 2009 he was able to bring together musicians and begin to rehearse the band that was to become the Jazz Knights Orchestra.

Cliff Longhurst sat at the Drums for the Jazz Knights Orchestra

“Music of the highest quality.”

Neil Mach - Ad Pontes Staines2015

“Hard swinging to a man”

Peter Vacher - Jazz UK2009

“Tremendous entertainment”

Ted Gascoigne - Jazz at the Manor2010
Woody Herman

WHY WOODY?

Vitality and versatility were the hallmarks of the Woody Herman big band sound. Over more than half a century, Woody was a band leader who refused to sit back on his laurels. He was always searching for new sounds and new talent, nurturing great future players and taking inspiration in his arrangements from genres as diverse as bebop and even jazz fusion. It is this dynamism that endeared Woody Herman and his ‘Thundering Herd’ to legions of big band fans spanning many generations.

WE ARE AVAILABLE FOR PRIVATE HIRE AND BOOKINGS

If you are looking for an utterly professional big band, the Jazz Knights Orchestra are available for hire. We can fill any venue with a great wall of sound to excite and delight listeners. Get in touch and let the Jazz Knights Orchestra deliver you a truly memorable evening of big band jazz to stir the senses and lift the soul.

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