In a true rags-to-riches story, Andy Abraham was working as a dustbin man when he – or rather his wife Denise – applied for X Factor in 2005.
His talent became obvious during the show as he performed flawless jazz, funk and soul numbers and although he did not win – finishing runner-up to Shayne Ward – his stunning voice still landed a record deal with Sony BMG, followed by the chance to represent the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2008.
Now the incredible Andy Abraham is back, this time transporting audiences on a magical musical journey revisiting the very best of the swing era as he brings The History of the Big Bands to Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts at 7.30pm on April 27.
All the legendary music from the world’s greatest big band leaders are here, with influences including Harry James, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Woody Herman and Buddy Rich, to name a few.
The History of the Big Bands features a magnificent 16 piece big band and a series of first class soloists who cover the famous solos as played by the original bandleaders. The audience is led on a musical journey from one band leader to another.
Crooning is a style that has its roots in the Bel Canto of Italian opera but with the emphasis on subtle vocal nuances and phrasing found in jazz.
Andy’s vocals bring a fresh new sound to the style – proving he is made for the part.
The History of the Big Bands promises an outstanding evening of high energy, virtuoso musicianship and wonderful songs.
Tickets are £21and £16 with discounts available For information call 0844 406 8666 or visit www. lighthousepoole.co.uk