The Jive and the Lindy Hop are American dances which evolved in the early decades of the 20th century and to which Glenn Miller’s swing music lends itself perfectly.
The London-based Jiving LIndy Hoppers are an international award-winning dance company founded by the late jazz dance historian, Terry Monaghan and dancer and teacher, Warren Hayes. They grew a group of dance enthusiasts around them and gave their first public performance at the Notting Hill Carnival in 1984.
2014 has seen considerable media coverage of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War 1 and the 70th Anniversary of the allied invasion of Europe in World War II.
Most people associate big band music with line-ups that include 5 saxes, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, 3 rhythm and lots of noise!
However, Glenn Miller – while admittedly using the above line-up most of the time – did have a mellow side to his character too. And while the version of Moonlight Serenade that we all know and love demonstrated Glenn Miller’s incredible arranging ability with clarinet and saxes, there is also a lesser-known version using strings which is hauntingly beautiful.
The Glenn Miller Orchestra UK
The Glenn Miller Orchestra UK was formed in 1988 in conjunction with Glenn Miller Productions of New York. The Glenn Miller Orchestra UK has maintained the exact line-up on stage devised by Glenn, consisting of the leader, five saxophones, four trumpets, four trombones and three rhythm plus a male and female vocalist. The singers perform both individually and as part of The Moonlight Serenaders vocal group. The Uptown Hall Gang - an outstanding Dixieland group drawn from members of the orchestra is also featured.