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.

For more information on the Pasadena Roof Orchestra , please visit www.pasadena-roof-orchestra.com

Barclays Live: Are you the New London Dance Star?

Barclays Live is looking for dancers to show their stuff on the big stage.  Along with Strictly Come Dancing’s Brendan Cole, Barclays Live is bringing a nationwide dance tour to Croydon on 16 April trying to find the region’s hottest dance acts.  The best dancer can take home the £1,000 prize. 

If you think you have what it takes to be London’s next big dance star, simply go to www.barclayslive.co.uk and upload a short clip of your performance.  The competition is open to individuals, duos, groups and troupes.

The top ten will perform to a panel of judges, including Brendan Cole, and an audience outside the Whitgift Centre. Further entertainment on the day will include live music, professional performances, and a dance master class from Strictly Come Dancing’s Brendan Cole.

Following the live performances, five of the ten acts will be handpicked by the celebrity judging panel.  The remaining five will then go through to an online public vote whereby the acts will rely on supporters for votes with the one getting the most votes to dance away as the new star all the way to the bank with a £1,000 cheque.

Following the tour’s success in major UK cities including Manchester, London (Leicester Square) and Glasgow, Barclays Live is back on the hunt for all London has to offer.  Last year, the young street dance duo Steadiflux from Birmingham were crowned Barclays Live UK Champions after beating off stiff competition in the form of UK Hip Hop champions Smash Broz and Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists Mini Mezzos.  Steadiflux then picked up over 100,000 votes nationally to take the title and a further £1,000 prize.

To enter the competition visit www.barclayslive.co.uk and click on the ‘Enter’ tab or email info@barclayslive.co.uk along with your dance clip, name, phone number and postcode before midnight on Sunday 10 April. Find out more at www.facebook.com/barclayslive