James Langton And His Solid Senders

The Pasadena Roof Orchestra front man has a great band of his own.

Big Swing Times: By popular opinion, James Langton And His Solid Senders played their most sensational night ever at The 100 Club on Saturday 28 August 1999. How good was it? Well, Vile Bodies' stalwarts Colin Goode (piano) and Enrico Tomasso (trumpet) were in the line-up while the VBs played The Swing Jam that night. Echoes Of Ellington members Mike Lovatt (trumpet) and Scotland's Voice Of Sex Colin Skinner (saxophone) were in the brass section too. Amongst the suitably-impressed audience was actor Ralph Fiennes (Schindler's List, The English Patient).

Solid Senders at The 100 Club The 100 Club gets Solidly Sent

While always having the repertoire, the orchestra now has an awesome powerhouse of a rhythm section to drive it along. This was never better demonstrated than during the classic Sing Sing Sing, when drummer John Sutton took top honours for his extended Krupa-esque break. Angelic chanteuse Louise Cookman was in fine voice, although tonight she had some of the vocal thunder stolen from her by Enrico Tomasso, giving his cheeky rendition of Them Blue Eyes and Indian Love Call.

The repertoire grows ever larger, but there are still places for favourites such as Wrappin' It Up and One O'Clock Jump. James' American wife may be taking him back to her homeland sometime soon, but let's hope he doesn't stay away too long.

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