Goodman's 1938 Carnegie triumph recreated

The famous 1938 Carnegie Hall concert by Benny Goodman and his orchestra is to be recreated in full in the New Year, to mark the event's 75th anniversary

Benny Goodman posterIn the 1930s, Benny Goodman blazed a trail as one of the most exciting and dynamic swing bandleaders of his time. In January 1938, this culminated in one of his most memorable performances with his orchestra at Carnegie Hall, New York. The crowd was whipped into a frenzy with Gene Krupa's jungle-beat drums, Harry James on trumpet, and Lester Young featuring on sax – not to mention Goodman himself with some of his most inspired clarinet solos.

Luckily the concert itself was recorded, and became the first ever double album released in 1950 (Goodman having misplaced the recordings until then). It also became one of the fastest selling albums, with over a million copies sold soon after its release.

The concert in full is being re-enacted in January 2013, on its 75th anniversary, by Pete Long and his 'Goodmen' at Cadogan Hall, London. Pete Long is formerly of the Jools Holland Orchestra and now leader of Ronnie Scott's Big Band, and has been called "a genuine home-grown treasure" by The Sunday Times. For this anniversary concert he will take on the role of Benny Goodman as bandleader in the famous 1938 Carnegie Hall concert.

Long will be accompanied by his 13-piece Goodmen Orchestra, with singer Joan Viskant, and the resulting sound promises to be a nostalgic treat: the orchestra take pride in producing a sound that's as close as possible to the 1938 performance. Nostalgia might play a part, but this isn't just about the past: it's a sound characterised by its electrifying tempo, its toe-tapping vim and vitality, and in that way it will very much be a performance in the present.

The concert takes place on Saturday 12 January 2013 at Cadogan Hall, Sloane Terrace,
London SW1X 9DQ. You can find out more and book tickets at the Cadogan Hall website.

Sally Evans-Darby

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