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“…the UK’s leading standard bearer for the supercool era.” is how the London Evening Standard described Gary Williams, star of the West End’s “Rat Pack” and soloist with leading big bands and concert orchestras including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Melbourne Symphony, the BBC Big Band, Ireland’s RTE and the Lahti Sinfonia Finland.

Other work includes performing for The Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace, ‘That’s Entertainment’ a tribute to the MGM musicals with the John Wilson Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, performing at Sinatra’s Palm Springs home for the LA Jazz Institute, Radio 2 with the BBC Concert Orchestra, ‘Winter Wonderland’ at the Royal Albert Hall, ‘A Swingin’ Session’ with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra in Los Angeles, ‘Big Band Wonderland’ at Ronnie Scott’s, ‘The Legend of Sinatra’ (UK tour), a tribute to the music of Fred Astaire presented by his daughter Ava, BBC Pebble Mill, Gloria Hunniford’s ‘Open House’ (with Donny Osmond and Burt Bacharach), the soundtrack for the Warner Bros’ motion picture ‘Mrs Ratcliffe’s Revolution’ and BBC1’s ‘Doctor Who Christmas Special’. Time Out described his ‘Sinatra Jukebox’ show as “An evening of old school virtuosity.”

As the author of ‘Cabaret Secrets: How to create your own show, travel the world and get paid to do what you love’, he’s literally written the book on stage craft. It was described by David Ackert as, “a career GPS for cabaret performers.”

His three acclaimed Abbey Road studio albums prompted Oscar winning lyricist Don Black to say “In a world of Pop Idol mediocrity Gary Williams shines like a dazzling beacon” and the London Times said, “Michael Bublé isn’t the only person keeping the Sinatra Flame alive”.

Gary’s favourite charities are: When You Wish Upon A Star, The Big Red Heart Appeal, RNLI, Terrance Higgins Trust, British Humanist Association, The Centre for Public Integrity.

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October 17th 2014

How to make sense of social media and convert followers into lifelong fans by Phil Barley

I’ve always been sceptical of social media. Is it really as useful or necessary as everyone seems to say it is or are we all just joining in because we don’t want to be left behind? Even if I have 1000s of followers, will it help me to sell more records? I sat down with actor Phil Barley, founder of TheatreDigsBooker.com and co-founder of Digital Surgeon to find out how we can make social media work for us. (Read more…)

October 16th 2014

Big Band Christmas show in Burgess Hill, 6th December

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. (Read more…)

October 10th 2014

How to sing jazz, entertain an audience and have a great time doing it by Marilyn Maye

Marilyn Maye has appeared on The Tonight Show a record 76 times, received a Grammy Award nomination for “Best New Artist” of 1965 and recorded numerous albums for RCA Records. We chat about her friends Steve Allen, Johnny Carson, Mel Tormé and Ella Fitzgerald who described her as “the greatest white female singer in the world.”

What did she learn from Ella? (Read more…)

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August 13th 2014

The joys of middle age

I’m embracing middle age: my hair’s falling out, I can spell haemorrhoid and I’m beginning to enjoy DIY.

My dad was always very handy. He’d spend hours pottering about in his shed producing cupboards, fruit bowls and on one occasion a drop-leaf kitchen table. (Read more…)