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Pasadena Roof Orchestra

The Pasadena Roof Orchestra has delighted audiences all over the world for 40 years.

Enjoy a night of fantastic live music that includes famous tunes such as “Puttin on the Ritz”, “Sweet Georgia Brown”, “The Lullaby of Broadway” as well as hot numbers from the twenties such as Duke Ellingtons “Black and Tan Fantasy” or “Truckin”. English Dance Bands are also included and there's a liberal dose of ‘British humour’ too.

The first ever rehearsal for the Pasadena Roof Orchestra was on November 3rd 1969. John Arthy had placed an advertisement enquiring after dance band music. A lady in Manchester said she might be able to help. Later that day, a bakery van from John’s family business was travelling back down from Manchester to London replete with 2000 original arrangements from the 20’and 30’s. The first tune on the pile, was Harry Warrens ‘Home in Pasadena’ the “ roof” bit, came from the fact that in the 20’s and 30’s many hotels had roof gardens and of course, roof orchestras.

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