The town’s very own 20-piece big band, Grantham Rythm and Blues Orchestra, will play the Conservative Club this month.
GRAB (Grantham Rhythm and Blues Orchestra) plays a mix of swing classics from Glenn Miller to Count Basie and more modern arrangements, including their own take on Freddie Mercury’s Crazy Little Thing Called Love and the Average White Band’s Pick up the Pieces. Vocals are taken by popular local singer Craig Martini, performing classics by Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin and Michael Buble.
GRAB headlined the Made in Grantham concert at the Guildhall last month, rounding off the evening with a storming rendition of big band favourites. Drawing thunderous applause, they were re-booked on the spot for next year’s event.
The band was established in its current form around 18 months ago. It is led by musical director Pete Storey, who said: “I’m delighted by the standard the band has attained. Our energy and enthusiasm comes over in our performances and we are being asked to play more and more gigs. All the players come from the wider Grantham area and everyone is dedicated to making GRAB a musical success.”
The Grantham Conservative Club gig takes place on Thursday, May 15, at 8.30pm. Tickets can be bought in advance by ringing the club on 01476 564899.
GRAB then goes on to play at the Jazz et Vin Festival in Newark, on Saturday, May 17, at 3pm (admission free). Jazz et Vin is Newark’s longest-running weekend celebration of live jazz and returns for its ninth year on May 17 and 18 at Ann et Vin on Castle Gate, Newark. The wine shop’s famous garage stage will showcase 35 jazz musicians. More information is available at www.facebook.com/GRABOrchestra and www.annetvin.com