Pasadena Roof Orchestra at Fairfield Hall Croydon on 13th May 2011

For forty years the Pasadena Roof Orchestra has delighted audiences all over the world with its mix of swing and hot dance music. Swing is much more than a musical genre – it personifies a lust for life, with its infectious beat. Its roots lie in the pre war dance bands, and the roaring twenties which inspired the later big swing bands. In contrast to many other musical genres swing has never really gone out of fashion over the decades, particularly in recent years. The Pasadena Roof Orchestra has played an important role in this resurgence of popularity.

Today, not only is the orchestra bringing its music to young audiences all over the world, it is introducing new generations of young musicians to the music. The reputation of the orchestra is as legendary in its own right, as the bands from the 1920’s and 1930’s that inspired it.

40 recorded vinyl LPs, singles, CDs, and DVDs containing over 300 titles have been released since 1974. The timeless sound of the orchestra has led to ever more recordings. In Japan the orchestra’s first five vinyl albums have recently been re-released in a CD format.

The brand new album from the Pasadena Roof Orchestra is entitled “Licensed to Swing”. This new CD features another sixteen fantastic tracks that further demonstrate that they are still the pre-eminent band on the swing scene today. Released on Pasadena Records, their own label imprint, CDPRO9 will be available both physically and digitally from May 2nd.

You’re The Top; At The Jazz Band Ball; Bel Ami; No Strings; Futuristic Rhythm; Polka Dot Rag; About A Quarter To Nine; I Heard; Without That Certain Thing; Am Sonntag Meine Süsse Mit Mir Segeln Gehn; Jungle Nights in Harlem; Happy Feet; Singing In The Rain; A Cheerful Little Earful; Where The Blue Of The night (Meets The Gold Of The Day); Yes! We Have No Bananas

In addition, the DVD of their 40th Anniversary Concert from Cadogan Hall, London (recorded last May) is released simultaneously and contains a wealth of bonus material in addition to the concert.

The band continues with their gruelling tour schedule around the UK and throughout Europe, and will play at The Fairfield Hall in Croydon on Friday 13th May to mark the release of the new CD and DVD.

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