For five years in a row the Dutch band Swing Design has stolen the hearts of Big Band fans at the Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree in Idaho. We have bad news for them: Swing Design will not be playing in the 2010 edition of the festival. The thirty-two musicians will be travelling to Aruba instead to play on various sunny locations before taking the stage of the Aruba Sea Jazz Festival. Swing Design will be just one of the highlights of this two-day festival, which will have a superb line-up of internationally acclaimed artists.
There is good news for fans as well, however: travel agents will be offering special Aruba Sea Jazz packages, which allow visitors to Aruba to stay at wonderful, beach front hotels or close-by resorts with entrance to the popular festival. What could be better than that? Please check the festival website www.arubaseajazzfestival.com for more information.
For those who are not familiar with the band: Swing Design was formed in Maastricht, Holland, in 1983. Its wide repertoire soon gained many fans; its interaction with the audience has become legendary. Although Big Band music saw its peak in the 1920’s with superb bands like those of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and Harry James, its popularity has declined, but it has never gone out of fashion. Germany can still boast of James Last; the Netherlands of Willy Schobben, Sky Masters and Syd Lawrence. And, of course, Swing Design with conductor Bart Rademakers.