Swing with sound of the big band at Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

PUBLISHED: 15:26 14 June 2012

The Manhattan Swing Band will be heading into the Queen's Theatre in Billet Lane, Hornchurch

The Manhattan Swing Band will be heading into the Queen's Theatre in Billet Lane, Hornchurch


»Celebrated trumpeter and local boy Freddy Staff returns to his east London roots with the Manhattan Swing Band at the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, next month.

Always a big hit in the area, the show on Sunday July 1 also features vocalist Lee Gibson, who will delight audiences with romantic ballads and great swing hits from the golden era of big band.


Manhattan Swing promise a night overflowing with classic hits from Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Woody Herman, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and Harry James, while Lee Gibson will perform romantic ballads from Gershwin and Cole Porter.

Starting at 7.30pm in the Billet Lane theatre, well loved numbers include Sing, Sing, Sing, April in Paris, That Old Black Magic, It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got That Swing, Moonlight Serenade, Come Rain or Come Shine, Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered, What a Wonderful World, Nice Work if You Can Get It and For Once in My Life.

Freddy Staff, whose family hail from Romford, was christened in Upminster 84 years ago and has lived in Chadwell Heath and Ilford.

His glittering career spans six decades and has seen him share a stage with music luminaries such as Tom Jones, Barbara Streisand, Judy Garland, Louis Armstrong, Sammy Davis Jr and Shirley Bassey.

Formerly leader of the acclaimed Syd Lawrence Orchestra, where he was also lead trumpet and soloist, Freddy has performed all over the world, at the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal Albert Hall and even the odd football stadium!

Lee Gibson has performed with some of the world’s best big bands at a variety of prestigious engagements.

n Tickets cost £18 and £16.50 from the box office on 01708 443333 or to book online, visit

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