No other orchestra can boast that their first performance was backing the legendary singing star Harry Connick Jnr! Such is the heritage of the world famous Memphis Belle Swing Orchestra which was formed in 1989 especially for the David Puttnam movie Memphis Belle.
The impact of the young orchestra dressed in 8th American Army Air Force uniform, together with the stage dressing and the atmosphere of the occasion so impressed the film’s bandleader Greg Francis, that he decided he would keep the orchestra together – as a living memorial to the great American Swing Bands of the 1940’s
After the filming was completed, David Puttnam asked Greg if the Memphis Belle Orchestra would appear at the Royal Premier of the film in London, before the Duchess of Kent. The band duly appeared, and since that time they have appeared at literally hundreds of events throughout the U.K. including prestigious corporate and private functions, theatres and airshows such as the Biggin Hill Airshow and the Royal International Tattoo, hangar dances at many airfields including Duxford Air Museum, the Imperial War Museum and the RAF museum at Hendon, and on worldwide television at least once every year since 1990.
Although the orchestra play a wide selection of favourites, they provide a nice balance between the Glenn Miller hits and the popular hits of Tommy Dorsey, Harry James, Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw, Harry Connick Jnr. and of course Frank Sinatra hit songs of the era.
The singer/bandleader sings all of those famous Harry Connick Jnr hits, including It had to be You, Recipe for Love and We are in Love, but not forgetting the ‘showstopper’ Danny Boy.