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A Night of Jazz

Most probably, the Biggles Big Band from Holland was the first leading big jazz band to perform in Chiang Mai for many years.

Compliments to the Mercure Hotel Chiang Mai management for their efforts in hosting this long awaited jazz event. Before the evening was over, many guests in the audience were hoping the Biggles Big Band would be returning very soon to Chiang Mai.

The top notch compositions brought back many memories for the audience who were mostly of the age that appreciated the big band sound. The big band jazz classics included such as Duke Ellington, a founding father of jazz; Glenn Miller, the top musician, arranger and composer from the swing era; Tommy Dorsey, trombonist, trumpeter and composer; and William "Count" Basie, the incomparable keyboard maestro.

Bandleader Mr Adrie Braat founded Biggles Big Band in 1985, and he is still the vivacious conductor. The band leader showed his prodigious skills leading the cool and sophisticated tempo. There was everything to like from the full complement of musicians -- four trumpets, four trombones, five saxophones, guitar, piano, acoustic bass, and drums -- who gave their all throughout the night.

The audience was delighted to listen to the world premier of Miss Floortje Smehuijzen and Miss Vera Verwoert the two women musicians, singing a popular jazz tune penned by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the reigning monarch of Thailand. Both women are talented saxophonists who were greatly applauded by the audience.

The star crooner, Arnold Aue, sang a number of Frank Sinatra hits including Fly Me To The Moon, I've Got You Under My Skin and The Lady Is A Tramp, getting the audience in the party mood for dancing as seen in the photos.

Thanks for the great performance, Biggles Big Band, and please come back to entertain your fans in Chiang Mai again very soon.

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