Label: AMIGA - 8 56 364 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: German Democratic Republic (GDR) • Genre: Jazz • Style: Ragtime, Big Band, Dixieland, Swing
The Pasadena Roof Orchestra PRO is a contemporary band from England that specialises in the jazz and swing genres of music of the s and s, although their full repertoire is considerably wider. The orchestra has existed sincealthough the line-up has frequently changed. It has achieved success outside the United Kingdom, most notably in Germany. It has achieved success outside of the United Kingdom, most notably in Germany.
The Pasadena Roof Orchestra was so named in November by John Arthy, a baker who played the double bass and sousaphone,  and who had taken over the Creole Dance Orchestra first formed in in which he played bass and sousaphone, from Chris Macdonald, its founder. Arthy purchased a cache of original musical arrangements dating from the s stored in the attic of a lady in Manchester, and the strength of this find reinvigorated the flagging fortunes of the earlier band.
The new name of the band was inspired by Harry Warren 's " Home in Pasadena ". There had been a strong revival movement for music of the s in the late s and early s known as the Trad movement — bands included The Temperance Seven ; however, Arthy continued to move this band in a different direction to most of the revivalists, away from humour and towards more serious, dedicated renditions of the music.
The orchestra's first vocalist was John "Pazz" Parry, an old friend of Arthy's the two had both been members of the Creole Dance Orchestra from With the injection of the new arrangements, Arthy as Bandleader, also performing on the double bass and sousaphonethe PRO soon grew in popularity. The orchestra became professional in Their first LP for Transatlantic was recorded in August and released in December of that year, premiering at the Midem music fair in Cannes in The orchestra followed this by touring West Germany where the revival movement was incredibly popular in the Autumn of that year.
The orchestra toured the United States in and their 25th Anniversary album cover featured a photo of the band in front of the Ambassador Theatre in Pasadena, California. They have worked with musical luminaries such as Robbie Williams in and Bryan Ferry in Although John Arthy retired inthe band continues to tour extensively and record with bandleader and singer Duncan Galloway. Inthe orchestra toured Great Britain and Germany.
Whilst literally hundreds of the UK's finest jazz musicians have on occasion performed with the Orchestra, this is a timeline of Lashes - Babes In Toyland - Spanking Machine regular members.
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