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Swinging night at Holders

Carol Martindale,

Added 28 March 2012


It was a swinging night at the Holders on Monday as the season continued under a bright starry night. It was the night when the music of Benny Goodman, known as the King of Swing, was featured. Goodman, who played swing music on the clarinet throughout his life, helped to influence and shape youngsters coming along in that genre. His music influenced and inspired the big band ensemble, led by Julian Bliss, who did incredible justice to the music of the man who captivated over six decades before his death in 1986 at age 77. The infectious strains of the band, with Julian Bliss on Clarinet, Neal Thornton on piano and arrangements, Tim Thornton on bass, Lewis Wright on vibes and Matt Skelton on drums, floated across the beautifully lit, transformed grounds at Holders, as many were riveted, locked in the grip of the big band swing tune as they went on the musical journey. Patrons were not only entertained by the music, but were equally educated and enlightened on the history of the man who played with many music greats, including Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong. The Virgin Atlantic Holders Season 2012 ends on Saturday with the Gala Night finale.  


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