The Glenn Miller Orchestra in Palma
The iconic music whose distinctive sound so encapsulates the big band swing era and the dark days of the war makes a popular return to Palma later this month. The Glenn Miller Orchestra, led by Ray McVay, will be giving a concert at Palma Auditorium on Friday 27th January which is sure to be yet another sell out.
The officially sanctioned orchestra has been touring and playing since 1988 and still maintains the exact same formation that the original Miller orchestra had in the 40's – 5 saxes, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones and 3 percussionists – as well as singers – 'The Andrews Sisters' – and dancers – The Jiving Lindy Hoppers to help recreate the atmosphere of the wartime dance halls.
Miller's sound uniquely encapsulates the swing era and originated when he decided to make the clarinet play a melodic line with a tenor saxophone holding the same note, while three other saxophones harmonised within a single octave. It was this distinctive sound that instantly told people just whose band they were listening to and one which Ray McVay still adheres to in his 200 song repertoire.
It's well worth the €42 ticket price (book online) if you're around, and the band has the personal recommendation of my dad, who was around in the war, and went to the orchestra's Manchester concert on Saturday which he said was 'great, just like listening to the real Glenn Miller!'