BBC Big Band swing into Darlington

The acclaimed BBC Big Band will be raising the roof of Darlington Hippodrome on Tuesday 10 April 7.30pm.

The band’s origins date from the earliest days of the BBC and the formation of the original BBC Dance Orchestra in 1928. This ‘golden’ period through the 1930s saw not only the BBC Dance Orchestra, but many other bands including those of Billy Cotton, Geraldo, Joe Loss and Jack Hylton become celebrities, thanks in great part to the unrivalled reach of the new medium of radio.

The artistry and enthusiasm of the band in conjunction with some of the world’s great jazz composers such as Bob Brookmeyer, Abdullah Ibrahim and Michael Gibbs has achieved new levels of critical acclaim. The BBC Big Band is now widely regarded as the UK’s leading Big Band and has won the prestigious ‘Best Big Band Award’ at the British Jazz Awards eight times.