Swing and jazz at the Kenneth More

SWING and jazz have enjoyed a huge rebirth in popularity over the past few years and fans get a chance to experience some of the best exponents when the Five Star Swing Show comes to the Kenneth More Theatre, Ilford, on December 6. The band is led by Bark

SWING and jazz have enjoyed a huge rebirth in popularity over the past few years and fans get a chance to experience some of the best exponents when the Five Star Swing Show comes to the Kenneth More Theatre, Ilford, on December 6.

The band is led by Barkingside-born Chris Smith, who played in Glenn Miller's brother Herb's band and whose father, also called Chris, played trombone for Frank Sinatra on his European tours.

Chris went to Mossford Green Primary School, Barkingside, and began playing the trumpet at the age of seven.

He said: "I was too small to play the trombone at that age. I liked trumpet and kept with it. I also play piano and sing.


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"It's great that there's a strong resurgence in jazz and swing music enjoyed by all generations.

"It's still popular now for the same reason it was popular in the 1940s, it's full of life and energy and enthusiasm and it makes people feel good. We're looking forward to bringing swing music back to town."

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His wife Simone, originally from Romford, is also in the band as singer and lead alto sax. She has played with Paul Weller, John Williams and the Ivy Benson Show Band.

The Five Star Swing Show starts at 7.30pm at the theatre in Oakfield Road. Tickets are �13 from the box office on 020 8553 4466.

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