Find out about the University of Greenwich Big Band concerts and events.

The University of Greenwich Big Band – Concert

Medway In the Mood, Mother's Day Concert

Sunday 31st March 2019, 3pm

Pilkington Building Lecture Theatre - Medway Campus

Chatham in Words, Pictures and Music


This was a Big Band Concert with a difference, as it traced the history of
Chatham through both sound and vision. Performed by the University of
Greenwich Big Band. 

This event was last performed 6 years ago and again attracted a full
audience in the large Pilkington Lecture Hall. A leaving collection for 
the local Rochester Wisdom Hospice raised £700 for this vital local
charity.

The Cotton Club, Harlem And All That Jazz

cotton club

The concert was held at the Avery Hill Campus, Eltham SE9 in March 2018.

During the Prohibition era, the Cotton Club delivered some of the greatest music legends of the Jazz Age - Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Fletcher Henderson, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie and more, virtually every major artist in big band and jazz history had graced its stage. The Cotton Club opened as Prohibition came into force in the USA. The primary goal of the club owner, a well known mobster, was to use the Cotton Club to illegally sell alcohol, and the music and shows at the club were used to attract customers seeking food and 'alcoholic' drinks.

This multi-media concert celebrated the life and times of the Cotton Club era with stories and images and music from the Big Band of those iconic times from the Cotton Club's opening in 1923 to its final closing in 1940.

There was a leaving collection for the local charity - the Demelza Hospice Care For Children a charity supporting families across Kent, South East London and East Sussex. The collection raised a total of £731 for the Hospice.