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18 November 2009 :: 18:11:59 pm 1080

Biggles Big Band at Ravindra Resort Pattaya

On Tuesday night the internationally renowned Biggles Big Band came to the Ravindra Beach Resort and Spa. The band played a selection of big band jazz classics from the likes of; Duke Ellington, a founding father of jazz; Glenn Miller, the top musician, arranger and composer from the swing era; Tommy Dorsey, trombonist, trumpeter and composer; and William "Count" Basie, the incomparable keyboard maestro.
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Bandleader Mr Adrie Braat founded Biggles Big Band in 1985, also travelling the globe playing bass in the world famous Dutch Swing College Band, which he joined in 1988. Mr Braat is still with the band to this day, acting as the bands conductor.

Pattaya, the 17th of November 2009 [Pattaya Daily News]: The Biggles Big Band event at the Ravindra Resort and Spa was the bands last performance in Thailand after having just completed a 2 week long tour up and down the country. The event was to be staged on the beach front at the Ravindra Resort on Sukhumvit Road. Due to some heavy rainfall earlier in the afternoon the performance had to be relocated into the Hotels massive function room a very short notice. With very little time to reorganise quite a large event the Hotels manager and staff must be commended for the show that ensued, where it must be said everyone looked to be having a wonderful time.

Approximately 200 people attended the event where they were privy to some quality jazz classics. The repertoire included jazz classics such as; In the Mood, which is great for dancing, Tuxedo Junction and American Patrol two further Big Band favourites. Crooner Arnold Auée also did a number of Frank Sinatra hits including; Fly Me To The Moon, I’ve Got You Under My Skin and The Lady Is A Tramp, getting the audience in the mood for a party.

The band had brought along a full complement of musicians that is rarely heard of these days, including; four trumpets, four trombones, five saxophones, guitar, piano, acoustic bass, drums and a male vocalist. Two very talented ladies featured prominently in the performance. Miss Floortje Smehuijzen on first alto saxophone, the leader of the section who moved the audience with a beautiful ballad dedicated to big band great Duke Ellington. Miss Vera Verwoert on the second alto saxophone performed a swinging solo in the jazz classic “Green Onions,” which got many of the audience up and dancing.

A range of appetisers were available at quite reasonable prices, these included; BBQ meats, seafood, French Fries as well as some fruits and salads. Beverages were being served throughout the performance by the many helpful waiters and waitresses from the resort.

The event started at 7:00pm sharp and concluded at 11:00pm, with only two intermissions giving the band members some rest. Admission was a very reasonable 300 baht, which included a free drink of your choice. In what was their last performance in a 2 week long, 7 concert tour, the audience was not disappointed on the night. Perhaps the only let down of the entire evening was the lack of a dedicated dance floor, the audience did not seem to mind however, with many getting up to dance amongst the tables and chairs much to the admiring applause of the others.

Compliments must be given to the Ravindra Beach Resort and Spa management for their efforts in hosting this unique jazz event, which was a first for the people of Pattaya.

Reporter : Harry Green   Photo : Harry Green   Category : Entertainment News

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