Swing band covers all the classics

By Ian Beeck | posted on October 11, 2020

FOR a night of fine wine, dining and dancing, join The Rainbow Coast Big Band as they perform classic swing era band music at the Stirling Club on October 30.

The 18-piece band, along with three vocalists and the Bluebirds vocal group, also cover timeless masterpieces from artists such as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis and Dean Martin along with contemporary musicians such as Michael Buble and Diana Krall.

Pianist Adrian Kenyon said he had been considering what to do as lockdown restrictions eased and met with new Stirling Club President Peter Macdonald.

“We hope people support this and if it is successful, we hope it will become a regular monthly event,” he said.

The band has performed a number of acts in Albany and Denmark and its most recent performance was the closing concert for the Harbourside Festival at the entertainment centre.

Kenyon himself has a chequered career, previously musical director for Zimbabwe’s leading theatre company.

He also composed jingles for radio, TV and film productions along with producing pop records.

Moving to Perth, he wrote newspaper jazz columns and was WA’s first jazz coordinator, later forming the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra.

Kenyon also launched the magazine Music Maker, which was later rebadged as Arts West.

The former journalist became a repetiteur for ballet classes at the WA Academy of Performing Arts.

The event kicks off at 7pm with tickets $20, $15 concession, $50 for families or pay at the door, with Stirling Club members admitted free. For bookings call Sally Bishop on 0415 181 330.