Are you In The Mood?

IT IS the sound of a bygone era. One where gals looked sassy and guys looked sharp.

It is the big band sound and it was a time of great upheaval in the world straddling the beginning and end of World War II.

They people who ran these bands were legendary: Gene Krupa, Benny Goodman, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey and, of course, the great Glenn Miller.

And while, inevitably, music grows and develops to the point where it’s difficult to detect the origins that gave birth to new sounds, there are some who are determined to hold on to the music of the past to ensure new generations can appreciate it.

One such person is the legendary Harry Margolis.

Harry has run the very successful Big Glenn Miller Band for many years and has played in venues all around the world including Bermuda, New York and Las Vegas.

Now fans of big band sounds – and the merely curious – can hear what all the fuss is about as the “King of Swing” has a residency in the city centre at Pivo Pivo on Waterloo Street.

The free gig is on Saturdays and starts at 2pm.

Among his classy repertoire you’ll hear Chatanooga Choo Choo, Pennsylvania 65000, Little Brown Jug, In The Mood, String of Pearls, Moonlight Serenade and Sentimental Journey.

Harry’s high-profile fans include ex-Speaker of the House of Commons Michael Martin and former Scotland national team boss Craig Brown.

So, this is your chance to revisit — or discover — a brand of music which was the last word in popular sounds for more than two decades and, indeed, has never really gone away.

Come on, you hep cats, and dance your way down to Pivo Pivo for an afternoon of delicious music.