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March 25th 2010 - Jonny Cooper & his orchestra play for the Queen Mary II
Cunard Lines Queen Mary II recently docked in Cape Town as part of it’s world cruise and the Jonny Cooper Orchestra was invited to perform for the Captain and his guests at a special event held at Vergelegan Wine Estate. This magnificent evening was held in a marquee under the camphor trees in front of the Vergelegan homestead in the presence of Archbishop Desmond TuTu. The Jonny Cooper Orchestra performed their repertoire of Glenn Miller and Sinatra classics to an enthusiastic audience who simply danced the night away. Wow – what an evening !


March 27th - The Jonny Cooper Orchestra performs at Hermanus again !

The Hermanus Rotary club invited the Jonny Cooper Orchestra back to Hermanus for a public performance to raise funds for local charities. This time the event was held at the Onrus Hall seating some 600 guests. Playing a selection from all of their CD’s the Jonny Cooper Orchestra receive a standing ovation once again as they thrilled the audience with classics from Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra and from their latest CD – Swing Safari. Another memorable night.


Big Band Hall of Fame
The trustees of the Big Band Hall of Fame have awarded Jonny Cooper and his Orchestra with a special award which recognises and honours the Jonny Cooper Orchestra for perpetuating, promoting and performing with integrity the sounds of the Big Band Era. The award certifies Jonny and his orchestra as ‘Ambassadors of Big Band Music’. The award along with photographs, CD’s and other material will be displayed in the Big Band Hall of Fame along side memorabilia of icons from the Swing era including Glenn Miller and Harry James. Says Jonny, ‘This is the first time any such award has been awarded to a South African organisation and it makes us all very proud’.
 
The Big Band Hall of Fame is located in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA and is the only such museum in the world. It is situated on the grounds of the Yesteryear Village, part of the South Florida Fair, which includes an open-air stadium for Pop and Rock concerts of up to 50,000 spectators. Big Band Music became prevalent during the late 30’s and 40’s and although the music itself has evolved harmonically, rhythmically and melodically it still should have the essence of the original forties to be considered for this award.


 
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