Formed in 2013 by musical director Jez Murphy, Swingtime Big Band quickly established a reputation as a dynamic and highly skilled outfit with fine musicianship and entertaining performances. The bands popularity continues to grow and sees them performing to sold out shows across the North West. Featuring the finest Big Band players Swingtime is complimented by vocalist Emma Holcroft who sings a wide repertoire of classic jazz standards.
More recently the band has been joined on several occasions by Big Band legend Andy Prior at Southport and they have recently played at Wigan International Jazz Festival & Ribble Valley.
Swingtime are delighted to be joined for this show by both Emma Holcroft and the fabulous Joe Stilgoe. Joe is an internationally acclaimed singer, pianist and songwriter. His live shows are a mixture of virtuosic musicianship, breath-taking theatricality and interaction with the audience, combining on the spot improvisation and the quickest of wits.
He is frequently a guest performer with orchestras including The John Wilson Orchestra, RLPO, RTE and the BBC Concert Orchestra, and regularly puts together his own Big Band for sold-out shows across the country. He also works extensively on radio, having hosted and starred many times in BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night, while also being a regular presence on the station
The band will also be swinging their way through classic Big Band favourites from the libraries of Count Basie, Woody Herman, Ted Heath to name just a few.
Swingtime Big Band
Emma Holcroft – Vocals
Joe Stilgoe – Vocals