Dutch Swing College Band seduces Pattaya

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November 27, saw the sunken amphitheatre on the ground floor of Central Festival Pattaya Beach shopping mall transformed into a swinging music zone as the Let’s Jazz @ Pattaya event presented star musical acts, including the headline topping Dutch Swing College Band plus a performance by the Duriyang Navy Band and a spectacular cabaret show from the Alcazar Pattaya.

The event was well attended by many tourists, local residents and foreign expat music lovers.  Sponsors of the show included the Government Savings Bank, Tourism Authority of Thailand Pattaya, Bangkok Hospital Pattaya, the Alcazar Cabaret Show Pattaya, the Pattaya Mail Media Group, and the Thai Hotels Association Central Festival Pattaya Beach plus many more.

Mayor Ittipol Khunplume (4th right) congratulates the Dutch Swing College Band members after a superb show in Pattaya. Mayor Ittipol Khunplume (4th right) congratulates the Dutch Swing College Band members after a superb show in Pattaya.

Let’s Jazz @ Pattaya T-shirts were available in all sizes, selling for 200 baht each, with the proceeds going to the “Make Dreams Come True” project of the YWCA-Bangkok Pattaya.  The event also featured F&B booths from Singha Corp., Spy Wine Cooler, the Randy Nut & Co and MJ’s Smokehouse, all offering food and drink with the profits made also going to charity.

The Duriyang Navy Band got the musical event underway in fine style.The Duriyang Navy Band got the musical event underway in fine style.

The members of the Dutch Swing College Band hit the stage about 8 p.m., welcomed by deputy mayor Ronakit Ekasing, and after various photo sessions they soon had the crowd rocking and tapping their feet in time to the music as they demonstrated their full and accomplished jazz repertoire.

The evening included a colorful and entertaining performance from the Alcazar Cabaret Show Pattaya.The evening included a colorful and entertaining performance from the Alcazar Cabaret Show Pattaya.

The evening consisted of two set performances, with a colorful cabaret show from the Alcazar Pattaya sandwiched in between.  It was a remarkable night for most local Thais who do not often get the chance to witness a famous international jazz band playing ‘live’.

The Dutch Swing College Band was founded in 1945, formerly called the Orchestra of the Dutch Swing College, and had their first public performance on WWII’s Liberation Day on May 5, 1945.  The name soon changed into Dutch Swing College Band.  The DSC turned professional in 1960 and over the decades they have backed some of the biggest talents in the business, launched numerous international tours and made many appearances on TV and in films.  Directed by Bob Kaper, himself a member since 1967, the band continues to tour extensively, mainly in Europe & Scandinavia.

Band director Bob Kaper plays his heart out on saxophone.Band director Bob Kaper plays his heart out on saxophone.

Members of the YWCA Bangkok-Pattaya sold “Let’s Jazz @ Pattaya” T-shirts to raise funds for the “Make Dreams True” project.Members of the YWCA Bangkok-Pattaya sold “Let’s Jazz @ Pattaya” T-shirts to raise funds for the “Make Dreams True” project.

Dutch Swing College Band seduces Pattaya

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