Goodman’s 1938 concert recreated for 2014

Benny Goodman fans can step back in time this month with a specially recreated performance of his 1938 concert at Carnegie Hall

After last year’s 75th anniversary success, Pete Long and His Goodmen will again perform a meticulously recreated version of Goodman’s 1938 Carnegie Hall Concert in London later this month.

Goodman’s original concert on 16 January 1938 made history; it was the first time that black and white jazz musicians appeared together on a concert stage in the US; the double album of the concert was the first long-playing jazz album to sell over a million copies; and the show’s final number, Sing Sing Sing, remains one of the most frequently used jazz pieces in film. The concert’s line-up included Lionel Hampton on vibes, Teddy Wilson on piano, Harry James on trumpet and Gene Krupa on drums.

Led by bandleader and clarinettist Pete Long with his 16 "Goodmen", the event will take place at 3.30pm on Sunday 26 January 2014 at Cadogan Hall, London. The ensemble take pride in faithfully recreating each element of the original concert: including zero amplification (instead relying on the acoustics of the auditorium) and the use of only one mic for announcements and vocals.

Jon Hancock, author of Benny Goodman - The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert, says of Pete Long and His Goodmen’s performance: "Pete Long and his musicians have gone to great lengths to recreate this concert, including original arrangements, period instruments and even the stage seating plan. The result is an evening of fabulous music that swings like crazy, it’s a great night out not to be missed!" 

Tickets are from £15 to £30 and can be purchased from the Cadogan Hall website.

Sally Evans-Darby

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