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Sunday Afternoon with the Big Bands: The Managers

Sunday, 15 February 2015 - 1:30pm
 
The Managers is a 19-piece big band based in Bolton, that has been playing big band and jazz music in and around the Northwest of England since late 2006.  The band plays the music of Stan Kenton, Buddy Rich, Duke Ellington, Les Brown, Maynard Ferguson, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin, Bette Midler and Betty Hutton to name but a few.  
 
 
The band’s ethos has always been to make big band music accessible to everyone and choose their concert programmes to be enjoyed by all, not just aficionados.  Founded and led by twin brothers Ben Shepherd (piano) and Jay Shepherd (lead trumpet), The Managers consists mainly of young musicians from around the NW, with over three quarters of the band still in their twenties. This helps bring an extra energy to their performances that makes their shows that bit more exciting!
 
 
Brief History
 
Originally formed as a much smaller jazz outfit early in the summer of 2006,  the group eventually evolved into the sizeable ensemble it is today as more local musicians became involved. The band was ‘homeless’ for around 6 months, practising in any rehearsal studio they could fit in, which got more difficult as the band grew in number. The band found a permanent place to rehearse in the Dog and Partridge, Bolton Town Centre, and shortly after played their first gig there a week before Christmas.
 
The band went from strength to strength, playing gigs at several local music venues including The Albion, The Roundhouse and The Brass Cat in Bolton, The Met (Bury), Darwen Music Festival, and The Rampant Lion and Irish Heritage Centre in Manchester. The band continued to grow in number still, swelling to 22 instrumentalists and 4 vocalists late in 2007, before eventually settling down to their current line up of 4 trumpets, 4 bones, 5 saxes, and a 5-piece rhythm section.
 
Outgrowing their home of 5 years, the band moved from the Dog and Partridge and now rehearse at Bolton Ukrainian Club, Castle Street Bolton.
 
You can catch The Managers here on Sunday 15th February 2015 from 1.30pm. 
 
Tickets are £10 or £8 concessions and are available online from Skiddle, SEE Tickets & WeGotTickets. Available from in person from our bar (01772 499 425) 
 
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