Fund-raising Grantham R&B orchestra lines up festive gigs

Grantham Rhythm and Blues Orchestra.
Grantham Rhythm and Blues Orchestra.
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A Grantham 20-piece big band has two concerts lined up in the town before Christmas.

GRAB (Grantham Rhythm and Blues Orchestra) is playing at the Conservative Club in Castlegate on Thursday, December 4 from 8pm, and there will be a few festive tunes in the mix. Tickets can be reserved by ringing the club on 01476 564899. They cost £5 for members and £8 for non-members.

GRAB then goes on to play another Christmas special at Chameleon Music Bar and Steakhouse, on the High Street, on Sunday, December 14, from 3pm. Why not reserve a table and have a late lunch, or just wander along, enjoy a drink and the swinging sounds of Grantham’s very own big band.

GRAB plays a mix of swing classics from Glenn Miller to Count Basie and more modern arrangements. Vocals are taken by Craig Martini, who performs classics by Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin and Michael Buble, and newcomer to the band, Helen Spede, whose raunchy vocals are going down a storm.

GRAB has been supporting charities in recent performances. In September, the band raised £500 for Kidney Research UK at one of their occasional Sunday afternoon gigs at Chameleons. And on November 22, another £500 was raised at Harlaxton Parish Church, this time in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Musical director Pete Storey said: “GRAB is now firmly established as a popular local big band playing to appreciative audiences. I am knocked out by the enthusiasm and high standard achieved by our local jazz musicians, and I am grateful to the large following we have built up. There are many familiar faces at all our gigs.”

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