Strictly speaking, it’s a big band...

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WHEN the Strictly Big Band were asked to change their name at the request of a certain leading TV dance show it also meant postponing their autumn date in South Yorkshire.

Due to tour in October, show promoters CMP Entertainment were approached by the producers of the BBC’s hit programme Strictly Come Dancing and the Simply Big Band was born.

“They explained how they owned the trademark to the word ‘Strictly’ in association with all live events,” says CMP’s Chas Cole.

“They were very friendly about it all and wished us well but thought a name change would be appropriate for us.

“It delayed the promotion of the tour a little but we are very excited about the future. It’s a great show and other than the word ‘Strictly’ it will be just the same.”

Described as a night of music and moves from the golden age of American big band, the 12-date tour roars into Sheffield City Hall on February 27.

The family-friendly set from a 26-piece orchestra ranges from the razzmatazz of Harlem’s Cotton Club in the ’20s, the halcyon post-war days of swing and Sinatra’s bobby-sox girls to the glamorous glitz of Las Vegas in the swinging ’60s.

Meanwhile, a team of dancers will jive, salsa, lindy hop, tap and foxtrot in the aisles. Compéreing the evening is Matthew Ford, widely regarded as the finest big band singer in the UK.

As well as singing at the wedding of Liverpool and England footballer Steven Gerrard, he has performed for HRH Duchess of York and the Malaysian royal family and sang with the BBC Big Band for the 30th anniversary of BBC Radio 2’s Big Band Special programme.

Along with a roster of guest singers, the band will perform a selection that includes Take The ‘A’ Train, Georgia, Minnie The Moocher, Let The Good Times Roll, Night Train and Stardust.