Thanks to the wonderful Halle Orchestra for a splendid concert on Saturday night. It's not often a British audience stands up (for me, at least) but they did and it was a rousing end to the evening.
A Swingin' Christmas returns to the Parkway in Cleethorpes and tickets are now on sale. Don't dilly dally.
I had a great recording session with Clare Teal yesterday. Despite my hay fever we made great progress cleaning some tracks and prepped others for the choir. Clare was a joy to work with. She's added something very special to this duet. Have a little listen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkpE-fcQnCg
As you know, I am running an appeal on Kickstarter for try get the money we need to finish a new Christmas album. I wasn't sure if would work but on the launch day we've already got over £12,700 pledged!
The support from everyone is just incredible. If you'd like to get involved, click here. Pledges start at just £20.
I'll was chatting to the lovely Clare Teal last Sunday on her BBC Radio 2 show. Click on the BBC iPlayer below if you want to listen again.
Our Sinatra Jukebox show at Ronnie Scott's in March has already sold out. If you want to catch me and Harry the Piano in London we're at the Crazy Coqs in May. It's selling fast too so don't dilly dally too much. ;) Click here to book.
I'm looking forward to performing at the Royal Albert Hall's Elgar room for a special benefit concert with Joe Stilgoe. The date is March 18th and it's all in aid of the Theatrical Guild. Click here for more information and to book.
I'll be live on BBC Radio Humberside on Monday 2nd February with an appeal for help. I've been commissioned by BBC Radio Humberside to make a two hour program celebrating 100 years of Frank Sinatra. I want to know American music sung by a skinny guy from Hoboken meant to people living in Hull and Grimsby? What made him so popular and what legacy has he left behind? What did Sinatra mean to you? Maybe you saw him in concert, fell in love to one of his songs, took a date to one of his movies.
If you've got a story to tell, please click here and get in touch. I'd love to hear from you.
Thinking about Christmas ideas? How about tickets for Sinatra Jukebox at the Crazy Coqs next May? Tickets are on sale now priced at £20. This will be my fifth week at this great London venue and everyone so far (touch wood) has sold out, so click here to book early and avoid disappointment.
After six consecutive sell-out shows I'm delighted to be returned to the world famous Ronnie Scott's in 2015. The date for your diary is March 15th. I'll be back with Sinatra Jukebox celebrating Frank Sinatra's centenary year.
This year's week run of A Swingin' Christmas at the Crazy Coqs is now sold out. If you haven't already got a ticket there are a few more shows before Christmas. I'm at Salvatore's Bar in London's Playboy Club this Wednesday (3rd) and next Wednesday (10th).
On Sunday I'm in Burgess Hill for Big Band Wonderland with the Len Phillips Big Band, The Patriot Girls and Nia Coleman.
On Monday 9th I'm at Soho House London with Harry the Piano for Sinatra Jukebox and on 10th with at Little House Mayfair. These two events are only open to club members.
I'm delighted to announce two new Sinatra Jukebox show exclusively for members of Soho House and Little House in London. I'll be joined by Harry the Piano for the show where you choose what happens next. The dates are Monday 8th (Soho House) and Tuesday 9th (Little House, Mayfair). Showtimes 10pm which leaves plenty of time for dinner and cocktails before showtime.
Remember if you don't like this show, you've only got yourselves to blame.
Take a sleigh ride with me and the The Len Phillips Big Band for BIG BAND WONDERLAND a show packed with the all-time holiday classics including Let It Snow, White Christmas, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and many more. Special guest stars The Patriot Girls bring a touch of glamour and tight vocal harmonies to a sprinkling of Christmas classics including Santa Baby and Santa Claus Is Coming To Town. Lord Jeffrey Archer described the girls as “bloody marvellous” after a special Olympic Ball and Bob Hope's daughter, Linda, told them, “Bob would have adored you! You were incredible”. Local talent Nia Coleman also makes her debut with the band bringing her own touch of holiday magic to this very special show. The whole thing's for local charity It's Magic. The date is 6th December so for bookings and more details, click here.
The Ronnie Scott's gig on 12th October has sold out. If you're around the Sunday before, 5th October, I'll be at the Crazy Coqs with Barb Jungr for a new show celebrating the music of 1968. If you've already got your tickets for Ronnie's I'll be performing hits of Nat Cole, Fred Astaire and Louis Armstrong in the first half. The second half will be Sinatra Jukebox where you decide what I sing next. It's always a lot of fun. I can't wait!
Piano is Matt Regan, bass Joe Pettitt and drums James O'Carroll.
I'm delighted to providing pre-concert support for Castle Howard's annual Proms Spectacular concert. The date for your diary is August 16. It's a spectacular classical proms concert for the whole family, come along and celebrate the very best music at Castle Howard. Featuring the renowned English National Orchestra with Jae Alexander at the helm, star soloists Wynne Evans and Janet Mooney, an aerobatic display by an original World War 2 Spitfire, choreographed to dramatic themes with split second timing. And a rousing finale of flag waving favourites from The Last Night of The Proms and spectacular firework display. I'll be there with my band singing the best of the Great American Songbook. Should be a lovely day out! Click here to book.
As you know, a couple of weeks ago I was in Barbados with Harry The Piano and Sinatra Jukebox for the Holder's festival. I've just had this email from a Mr Rob Brooks who came to the show with his wife and friends: “Just thought I'd let you know that on the Sunday night in the Lime Bar, Limegrove Mall, two likely lads were trying to pass themselves off as you and 'Harry the Piano' to gain access to the ladies in the throng. However they got a flea in their ear and short shrift when they tried to use the patter on our wives, Rose and Shirley, who'd just seen you two - the real deal - at the Holders festival! My pal and I called their bluff when we challenged them to a 'Sinatra-sing-off'. Only in Barbados eh?”
The first performance of the new Nat 'King' Cole show on 11 May has sold out. That marks the fifth sell out show in a row for Gary on his old home turf of Cleethorpes. The show will be in London's West End for a week at the Crazy Coqs from 20-24th May.