The Glen Miller Story

7th March The Glen Miller Story

in words and music with The Sue Greenway Orchestra  Sue Greenway’s seventeen piece orchestra tells the fascinating story of Glenn Miller and puts his music in the context of the Swing Era by celebrating some of the other contemporary classic bands such as Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman.

Sponsored by GCS ALARMS LTD, Clacton-on-Sea.

Tony Jacobs

Tony Jacobs was born in Neasden, North London in 1952. Yes, we know he doesn’t look his age – he looks ten years older – and he says he owes it all to his love of real ale.

Whilst at school and his friends were listening to the sounds of people such as The Rolling Stones, The Cream , Eric Clapton and suchlike, he began to form his strong and unshakeable belief that the man who invented the electric guitar should have been drowned at birth.

Tony discovered his father’s collection of 78 rpm records and was captivated by the music of Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey and Artie Shaw and especially the band that remains his firm favourite – the Bob Crosby Orchestra and the Bobcats. He then heard Louis Armstrong’s ‘Potato Head Blues’ and still regards him, along with Bing Crosby, as the most influential musician/singer in 20th century popular music. website

Sue Greenway

Professional teaching from a qualified teacher and established performer. I have been a scholarship student at the University of North texas and Berklee School of music USA and hold a B Mus Hons and Postgraduate teaching qualification from London University. As a performer I have worked with The Syd Lawrence Orchestra,The Don Lusher Big Band, The BBC BIg Band, The Jay Craig Orchestra, West End and touring shows of Chicago and The Rat Pack. I currently tour the UK with The Tony Jacobs Caberet Co.and am co-producer of The Red Hot Jazz Orchestra and The Sue Greenway Big Band. I offer consultation lessons in developing a personnel sound, playing by ear, learning tunes, Jazz Improvisation, Big Band and section coaching. My lessons are student centred and focus on achieving goals with or without exams. I believe in musical training, that it can enrich our lives and reveal deeper aspects of our humanity which we would not discover otherwise. I aim to teach with patience,compassion and above all humour!

Alton Glenn Miller

(March 1, 1904 – missing December 15, 1944) was an American jazz musician (trombone), arranger, composer, and bandleader in the swing era. He was one of the best-selling recording artists from 1939 to 1943, leading one of the best known “Big Bands”. Miller’s signature recordings include In the Mood, American Patrol, Chattanooga Choo Choo, String of Pearls, Tuxedo Junction, Moonlight Serenade, Little Brown Jug and Pennsylvania 6-5000.[1] While he was traveling to entertain U.S. troops in France during World War II, Miller’s plane disappeared in bad weather over the English Channel. His body has never been found.


  1. ‘The Glenn Miller Story’
    The final presentation of the 2010/2011 season ensured that the society’s programme ended on a high note with a foot tapping evening from Sue Greenaway and her seventeen piece band, ably assisted by singer and compere Tony Jacobs and guest singer Eleanor Keenan. This new show told the fascinating story of Glenn Miller and put his music in the context of the Swing Era by celebrating some of the other contemporary classic big bands. Sue, an accomplished Saxophonist and member of various big bands has brought together a musical ensemble of accomplished musicians who displayed their skill in a programme crammed full of Glen Miller standards in the first half and a selection from the repertoires of other Big Bands in the 1940s and 1950s in the second half.

    The programme began with a rousing version of ‘Sweet Sue’ which segued into that Miller standard ‘Little Brown Jug’ comprising some effective solos from individual members. The number ‘Russian Patrol’ was another showcase number with some very good band solos and it was very evident how much the band was enjoying performing. The band’s zenith in the first half was ‘Bugle Call Rag’ which featured a stunning drum solo from Neil Bullock…

    The second half continued the rousing high standard and we were fortunate to hear a trumpet solo by Annette Brown on ‘Star Dreams’ which was excellent and this number was a precursor to ‘Charmaine’ with a nice arrangement of slurpy saxophones from the front row. Sue herself gave an impressive solo on ‘Poinciana’ and the programme culminated with that well known composition ‘In the Mood’ which was a fitting finale to the evening and generated a justified encore.
    The musical prowess of Sue and her Band was indeed impressive and it was gratifying to see and hear seventeen musicians who so obviously enjoyed what they were performing. The singing credits to Tony Jacobs and Eleanor Keenan were well deserved, although perhaps some more involvement from Eleanor might have been preferable. This was a great end to the current season and members left with a spring in their step ready to face the chill Clactonian winds.
    The evening was sponsored by GCS Alarms of Clacton.

    Robert Pearce
    Locum Press Officer

  2. Clacton & North East Essex Arts & Literary Society – 2010 2011 season
    Review / Comments on Monday Nights Performance

    The Glen Miller Story-Sue Greenway and her 17 piece orchestra.

    What can I realistically add to what has already been said about Sue Greenway and her wonderful band of musicians-every single one of them a virtuoso in his/her own right?

    Tony Jacobs-a very necessary ingredient in this `home baked pie`-to not have him involved would be like a car without a steering wheel-he sort of binds(not as per constipated)the proceedings together and gives direction to any project he is involved with and his obvious deep knowledge and informed comment about the subject is truly marvellous.
    To say nothing of his handsome good looks, velvet voice and his lovely endearing sense of humour-sometimes showing the wicked- (current context) side of his nature!

    Eleanor Keegan-her sumptuous vocal range with rich timbres aptly complimented Tony (in their duets) and suitably echoed the days when this type of music was all the rage.

    Another wonderful evening of music from the era when melodies reigned supreme-the views expressed within the lines of the songs are still as relevant today and tunes composed then are instantly recognised now, many decades later.
    Indeed some of our better known young, contemporary vocalists have these `standards` in their repertoire and they are regarded as `staple diet!`

    This music will never die and the likes of Sue are to be congratulated that, in these times of austerity and where just about anything can pass(in some circles) as `good` she is travelling around and keeping this outstanding genre alive.
    Well, this concert brings to a close another very successful and varied season of events (except for the ever important AGM on 21/3/2011)-all involved are to be heartily congratulated for their continued efforts on our behalf.

    We eagerly wait to see what thrills have been `lined up` for the forthcoming season, starting again in October.
    In the meantime, several excursions have been planned to keep the society’s endeavours in our minds and agenda.

    Jennifer Kersey(miss)

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