Revenge of the Big Band Live
Bob Valentine HAS BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH ALMOST EVERY LIVING BIG BAND IN AUSTRALIA, FIRST GETTING A TASTE AT A VERY YOUNG AGE WHEN HIS FATHER SANG ON THE VERY ACTIVE TOWN HALL DANCE CIRCUIT IN MELBOURNE IN THE 50'S. ' Some of my earliest memories are sitting in the middle of whichever Big Band Dad was working with & watching the people jiveing around the dance floor. ' AFTER A LONG PERIOD OF WORKING IN VARIOUS ROCK 'N' ROLL BANDS, BOB REDISCOVERED SWING MUSIC WHEN HE STARTED WORKING WITH THE PETER SULLIVAN BIG BAND IN THE MID 1980'S, ESTABLISHING HIMSELF FIRMLY IN THE BURGEONING ' CORPORATE ARENA'. 'BIG occasions required BIG entertainment' SINCE THEN, BOB HAS NEVER BEEN FAR FROM THE BIG BAND SOUND AND HIS LATEST PROJECT FEATURES HIS 16 PIECE ORCHESTRA, 'Revenge of the Big Band' PERFORMIMG A MUSICAL HISTORY OF THE POST WAR BIG BAND REVOLUTION AND THE RESURGENCE OF SWING MUSIC FROM THE U.S.A.. YOU WILL ENJOY THE WONDERFUL SOUNDS OF ELLINGTON, BASIE, SINATRA, TONY BENNETT, RAY CHARLES, BLOOD SWEAT & TEARS. THEN BOB BRINGS YOU RIGHT UP TO DATE WITH THE WILD NEW SWING SOUNDS OF THE CHERRY POPPIN' DADDIES AND THE ROYAL CROWN REVUE. THE BAND CAN DO YOUR WHOLE NIGHT OR FEATURE AS A SHOW. LINDY HOPPIN' DANCERS FROM THE UNBELIEVABLE 'SWING PATROL', ALL DRESSED UP TO DANCE, ARE AVAILABLE AS WELL AS GUEST VOCALISTS, THE 'SWING TWINS' NINA FERRO AND JULIE O'HARA. THERE IS NOTHING TO COMPARE WITH THE RAW EXCITEMENT AND FUN OF A BIG BAND IN FULL FLIGHT WITH THE DANCE FLOOR ALIVE WITH JITTERBUGGIN' COUPLES. I'LL GIVE BOB THE LAST WORD... 'Sometimes I feel like I'm the luckiest guy in the world! I'm the one standing in front of a wild, swingin' audience with 16 of the finest musicians Australia has to offer, singing the songs I grew up with. Few people would realise that I actually have the best seat in the house. I don't want to be anywhere else. There is never a night where I don't experience those tingles down my spine.' 'I tell ya, they don't make a machine sounds nuthin' like that!'