Swing in the mood for a five star show at Queen’s

PUBLISHED: 14:03 04 November 2010

In The Mood

In The Mood


SWING and jazz music have enjoyed a massive revival over recent years and now audiences can get a taste of it themselves when Five Star Swing head into Hornchurch.

A fantastic afternoon is to be had in Hornchurch when they swing their way into the Queen’s Theatre in Billet Lane, Hornchurch, with their new show called In The Mood on Saturday November 20.

Led by Chris Smith, whose father worked with Frank Sinatra this multi-talented six-piece band promise to get feet tapping along to the most popular hits from the stars of swing.

Part of the theatre’s Magical Matinees series, In The Mood promises songs including American Patrol and In The Mood by legendary bandleader and trombonist Glenn Miller, Sing Sing Sing by famous clarinettist Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra’s Lady Is A Tramp, Mr Bojangles, made popular by Sammy Davis Junior and Jim Croce’s Bad, Bad Leroy Brown.

There’ll even be a bit of Jools Holland style jazz and blues thrown in.

Chris Smith who wear many hats as pianist, trumpeter, composer and arranger, boasts impressive Big Band heritage, his dad Chris Smith Senior toured as a trombonist in his youth with none other than Frank Sinatra.

And Chris has proudly followed in his father’s footsteps. His work is played by BBC Radio Big Band, Jazz FM and Capital, he has appeared on BBC Breakfast, Top of The Pops and the Royal Variety Show, performed at Ronnie Scott’s and toured with the Herb Miller Orchestra (brother of the legendary bandleader, Glenn).

Chris’ wife, Simone, on vocals and saxophone has performed with the Ivy Benson Show Band famous for being one of the first all girl big bands.

Now in their fifth year of touring, Five Star Swing have clocked up credits including Southend, Ilford, Grays and they have performed in numerous sell out shows across the UK.

Tickets for the show are £12.50 to £10 when you book three magical matinees from the box office on 01708 4433333 or online at

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