Dutch Swing College Band touring Australia in March: supported by New Melbourne Jazz Band in Melbourne

Dutch Swing College BandONE of the world’s legendary jazz bands, The Dutch Swing College Jazz Band will tour Australia in March 2012.   This will be their fourth or fifth trip to Oz since the band was formed in 1945.
Another legendary group – Ross Anderson’s  New Melbourne Jazz Band – will be the support band for the DSCB for their Melbourne engagement.    This will be a meeting of old friends since the New Melbourne has played with their Dutch colleagues on a number of previous visits.

TICKETS FOR THE MELBOURNE PERFORMANCE (March 5) WILL BE ON SALE FROM TICKETMASTER FROM 28 January 2012.

As will be well known the Dutch Swing College Band grew out of a group of young people in The Netherlands who wanted to preserve jazz music when it was banned by the Nazi occupation forces during World War II.  They  practiced secretly copying illegal radio broadcasts, and were  determined to found a school for jazz music when the war was over.   On Liberation Day, May 5th 1945, the Orchestra of the Dutch Swing College had its first public performance. Their members gave lectures, organised jazz meetings and started to teach jazz music.

Here’s a rare piece of film of the DSCB playing in 1958.

Sixty two years after their first performance, here’s a clip of the band playing in Germany in 2007.

The DSCB, which has existed now for sixty-six years, has given concerts all over the world to much acclaim.  The band also appeared frequently on numerous TV and film productions.  Through the years many big names of jazz music were backed by the DSCB, from Sidney Bechet, Joe Venuti and Rita Reys to Teddy Wilson.
The line-up of the Band which will tour Australia in Feb/March will include:
Leader Bob Kaper (clarinet, alto sax, vocals)
Keesjan Hoogeboom (trumpet, vocals)
Frits Kaatee (clarinet, baritone, soprano & tenor sax)
Maurits Woudenberg (trombone)
Ton van Bergeijk (banjo, guitar)
Adrie Braat (double bass)
Onno de Bruijn (drums).

Their whirlwind itinerary will be:
MANDURAH (Performing Arts Centre) Wednesday February 29
BUNBURY (Entertainment Centre) Friday March 2
PERTH (Perth Concert Hall) Saturday March 3
MELBOURNE (Melbourne Town Hall) Monday March 5
CANBERRA (Canberra Theatre Centre) Wednesday March 7
NEWCASTLE (Civic Theatre) Thursday March 8
SYDNEY (Sydney Town Hall) Saturday March 10
GOLD COAST Monday March 12, (Arts Centre)

Here’s a clip of the New Melbourne playing at the Balmoral Gardens Retirement Village , Wantirna South in 2010. The lineup: Ross Anderson, leader/bass/vocals; Peter Uppman, trumpet; Ron Trigg, clarinet; Charlie Farley, banjo; Peter Whitford, drums.

TICKETS WILL BE ON SALE FROM TICKETMASTER

For further information, media interviews, publicity materials please contact Yellow Banana Concerts (Paul Gadenne) 0419 300675 or email pgadenne@bigpond.net.au

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