The Wally Fields Jazz Orchestra
Their debut performance at the Queen Elizabeth Hall South Bank Centre in 2003 was received not only with a complete sell out, but with special permission by the hall, to allow standing audience members in the aisles for a large overflow.
The concert was supported by the Foreign Ministry of Poland and the London Polish Cultural Institute and featured the Partizan Rhapsody especially written by Wallace Fields in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.
The Wally Fields Jazz Orchestra were ground breaking in their exciting programme of combining big band jazz and classical music which has now been emulated by many other bands. In this regard, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Concerto in F became regular features of this style of performance; as was also the Concerto in Jazz composed by Wallace Fields which again received wide spread recognition for it’s interpretation of Klezmer Jazz in the style of Paul Whiteman, Ted Heath and Stan Kenton. The band played regularly at the South Bank Centre and were honoured by opening the season in 2008 for the 800th anniversary of the granting of the Charter of Liverpool at the Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool. One one occasion the American ambassador who had been invited as a guest, insisted on addressing the audience with great compliment to the true American traditions of the music.
In 2009, the band received a further distinction at performing at the capital culture celebrations at the same hall.