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Wednesday 15 November 2023

Eighteen-Piece Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble New Regency Orchestra Release New Music Prior To Date @ Brighton Dome

Fusing the dynamic collision of jazz and Latin music that emanated from New York in the 1950s with the experimental sounds of contemporary London, New Regency Orchestra is fast becoming a must-see band on the touring circuit. 

Ahead of their show at Brighton Dome, next March, the eighteen-piece Afro-Cuban jazz outfit is releasing a brand-new track Mambo Herd – their reinterpretation of the Tito Puente & Woody Herman's tune of the same name.  

The track comes as a taster from the New Regency Orchestra's forthcoming debut album. 

Putting a fresh spin on the golden era of big bands and the music of legends such as Tito Puente, Dizzy Gillespie, David Arman, Chico O'Farrill and René Henandez, New Regency Orchestra have torn up the big band music rulebook and present high-impact, dancefloor-inspired arrangements of timeless classics that put Latin jazz through a twenty-first century London filter.

"Having listened to the dusty original recordings of these tune for so long, hearing them come to life again feels nothing short of a miracle. 

"What a blessing to be working with such a great set of musicians.. 

"Can't wait to take some of these tunes on tour!"  - Lex Blondin, New Regency Orchestra
New Regency Orchestra play Brighton Dome on 1st March 2024. Tickets for the are available here:

by: Mike Cobley


Art on the Streets, a documentary co-created by University of Brighton design historian Dr. Harriet Atkinson will be shown as part of Tate Britain's upcoming exhibition, Artists International – The First Decade. 

Hove-bound Blancmange's story is one of two distinct chapters. In the early 80s they infused the emergent synth-pop scene with oblique lyrics, wry British humour and occasionally tabla-tinged sonics, an unlikely mix which saw them soar into the Top 10 singles chart.

The NSPCC is calling on people across Sussex to sign up to the fifth Angel's Abseil, taking place on Sunday, 23rd June 2024.
Credit: Brighton Book Festival

The Brighton Book Festival, which runs for five-days in June, will be held at Brighton University for the second year running.

A multi-million-pound project to restore the colonnade and balcony of the Grade II listed Theatre Royal Brighton reaches completion this week. 
Credit Jo Charlesworth

With over fifty speakers, Charleston's annual summer highlight Festival of the Garden brings together garden designers, horticulturalists, artists, activists, ecologists, writers and musicians to disentangle our complex relationship with the land. 
Credit: Clive Flint

Create Music, in partnership with West Sussex Music, have been appointed by Arts Council England to deliver music education across Sussex as part of the newly formed Sussex Music Hub.

Comedian Paul Whitehouse is to reprise his West End starring role at Brighton Dome, in December, as the lovable Grandad in the hit show Only Fools and Horses The Musical.

A new musical version of Dodie Smith's classic book 101 Dalmatians will visit Theatre Royal Brighton for Christmas 2024, from Tuesday 17th December 2024 to Sunday 5th January 2025, as part of a major new UK Tour.
Credit Claire Leach

Circus performers arrived in Brighton to promote Brighton Festival's Carnesky's Showwomxn Sideshow Spectacular, an upcoming outdoor event which celebrates the forgotten women of circus and the city's history of seaside variety.

LGBTQ+ historian Alf Le Flohic unearths forgotten stories of a gay B&B, a zoo bar, and a legendary farm disco in a talk for Chichester Pride. 
Credit Conrad Shawcross

New images of a solo exhibition by British artist and sculptor Conrad Shawcross at Glyndebourne Festival 2024 have been released. The exhibition opened on the first day of the annual summer opera festival, which marks its 90th anniversary in 2024. 
Credit: Tony Briggs

Cop-turned-comedian Alfie Moore, star of his hit BBC Radio 4 comedy series, It's a Fair Cop, brings his stand-up tour show A Face for Radio to Hove's The Old Market, this June.

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