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American trumpet maestro swings into town

PUBLISHED: 15:56 21 May 2008 | UPDATED: 13:16 11 August 2010

THE SOUNDS of the famous American trumpet maestro Harry James will be echoing round Hornchurch in June. The musician who was once married to Betty Grable, was a feature of the Big Bands in the states, and in the UK, we have our own version in Freddy Staff

THE SOUNDS of the famous American trumpet maestro Harry James will be echoing round Hornchurch in June.

The musician who was once married to Betty Grable, was a feature of the Big Bands in the states, and in the UK, we have our own version in Freddy Staff.

Freddy is bringing his own band, The Manhattan Swing Band, to the Queen's Theatre, in June and celebrating 58 years in the business this year.

"Music has been very good to me," said the one time lead trumpet with the famous Syd Lawrence Orchestra. "I have been very lucky with the bands I have played and literally travelled the world."

Freddy is known internationally as the British version of the great American trumpeter James.

He was the first to be called when another legendary band leader, Joe Loss, wanted to produce a long playing album featuring the American Big Bands, with Freddy fronting the band in what has become a collectors piece.

"The amazing thing is big band music is still very popular," he said. "I love going to Hornchurch as the audiences like the kind of music I like, and we usually end up having a good party."

With a pedigree of backing performers that would not shame a top who's who of world entertainers, Streisand, Garland, Sammy Davis Jnr, Tom Jones, Freddy still maintains the energy of his music.

Freddy and the band with vocalist, Lee Gibson, will be at the Billet Lane theatre, on Sunday June 22 with tickets at £16 available from the box office on 01708 443333.


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