about this event
The Ron Green Big Band was formed some fifteen years ago, by Ron, a very enthusiastic Jazz follower, who at the time, was playing with the Slinfold Concert Band, and the Petworth Town Band. Now in his nineties, he has decided to call it a day with the band, and the band members are very grateful and thankful for his initiation of this band.
It was from these two bands where most of the former band members came, and originally it was a group of friends who just wanted to play swing music for fun. It soon became obvious that more was possible from this group of very enthusiastic and talented players.
The band has now grown into a very competent semi-professional band playing at dance venues, wedding receptions, parties and concerts, including Wentworth Golf Club and The Amex stadium at Brighton & Hove FC. They have also performed regularly at Craneigh Arts Centre for the last few years.
The band members travel from various parts of Sussex, Hampshire and Surrey to meet up on a monthly basis at The Band Room at Cranleigh to rehearse.
The band is now under the musical direction of Xav Riley, a very accomplished local musician from Ewhurst.
The normal line up is 5 Saxophones, 3 Trumpets, 3 Trombones, plus a rhythm section of piano, bass, guitar and drums, together with a female singer.
The band’s repertoire contains music from many eras and you can expect to hear items from Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin and other great jazz composers and arrangers.
This concert is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy live music from a talented local band and support a vibrant Arts Centre, keeping music live in Cranleigh.