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Pasadena Roof Orchestra - The Christmas Album, Pasadena Records


Ho Ho Ho!

The orchestra's brand new Christmas Album is out now! After 42 years only! A Christmas Album from an established artist is normally quite high up on the recording agenda. In this resepct it might be fair to say that this project was a little overdue!

Pasadena Roof Orchestra at the Jazz festival in Dissen


Busy Summer

The orchestra is looking back on quite a busy and hot summer - hot in the sense of the band's repertoire, of course! In July, the cruise line company Holland America engaged the Pasadena Roof Orchestra for their trip from Rotterdam to New York and back. The band performed on several occasions on board - dinner dances, tea dances or even jazz matinées on deck. Despite playing 'Everything Stops for Tea' the engines, thankfully kept going! Every appearance on the ship was well-received. Hardly disembarked and back on solid ground, the band's summer festival season in Germany was under way. As part of Musiklandschaft Westfalen the P.R.O. played in Vreden, at the Jazzfestival Dissen, at the Rheingau Musikfestival in Wiesbaden and their 8th annual appearance at 'Jazz in Town'- the Festival in Berlin-Koepenick, as well as at the Brunnenhof in Munich. For the Munich concert the orchestra invited guest star Helen Schneider for a wonderful summer concert evening.



Good Things Come To Those Who Wait

The orchestra's 40th Anniversary Concert DVD out now! Live from Cadogan Hall. In HD, 5.1 Mix and bonus material showing a documentary about the Orchestra's history! Get it now, it's hot!

The Puppini Sisters and the Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Ludwigshafen, Germany, February 2011


TV Time!

Saturday, 25.06.2011 23:25 (German time) the German TV station 3sat is going to broadcast the live show with Pasadena Roof Orchestra & The Puppini Sisters which has been captured this February.



Licensed To Swing

The Orchestra's new studio CD is out now! The band's current library has been shaken again - not stirred! And here is the new cocktail: Licensed To Swing. The recipe is simple: take some superb arrangements, add a dash of hot jazz, and a slice of integrity, and then just enjoy some great music from this period.

Puppini Sisters and Pasadena Roof Orchestra


Love At First Sight

It was 'love at first sight' as Marcella Puppini said when the Pasadena Roof Orchestra and The Puppini Sisters worked together for the first time. Two concerts in Ludwigshafen, Germany as part of BASF's cultural activities attracted about 2500 people to see this unique collaboration. Judging by the loud applause, it was an instant success. The unique performance from both artists was captured by German TV station SWR to be broadcast later.

Happy New Year!


Happy New Year!

The Pasadena Roof Orchestra wishes all fans, agents, venues, promoters, festival organizers, media partners a Happy and Prosperous New Year 2011!

Swinging Into Christmas


Swinging Into Christmas

Come and enjoy an evening of Christmas songs, ballads and timeless classics of the 1920s and 1930s, played with The Pasadena Roof Orchestra's inimitable style and panache!

Robin Merrill (left) and Duncan Galloway:


Surprise, Surprise!

Recently, the Pasadena Roof Orchestra had packed houses on its mini tour through Germany where they performed in Berlin-Koepenick and Trier. The "Jazz In Town"-Festival in Koepenick was celebrating its 15th Anniversary. In 15 years, believe it or not, the Pasadena Roof Orchestra has been performing there seven times. This year's appearance had a surprise for the audience as well as for the promoter. Singer Robin Merrill (orchestra member from 1979-1989) and meanwhile living in Berlin got a front seat in the audience and joined the show at the end of the 2nd half singing along together with Duncan Galloway "Puttin' On The Ritz".

Swing in the Nave - Lincoln Cathedral


What's this?

Saturday 17th July 2010, and the Pasadena Roof Orchestra performed inside the Perpendicular edifice of Lincoln Cathedral - but no! They weren't playing for Evensong! In fact, it was a sell-out charity concert, and the band sent wave after wave of soaring swing echoing round the Gothic vaults and flying buttresses.

Singin' In The Rain - JazzAscona 2010


A good recipe - JazzAscona 2010

Take some high mountains, a large blue lake, a picturesque town, a few stages, and a roster of international artists, mix it all together over 10 days and you have the 26th edition of the Ascona Jazz festival. The Pasadena Roof Orchestra was one ingredient last weekend, and entertained the festival crowd on two nights on two different stages. Despite some spectacular storms on the Saturday, the orchestra's performance went down very well. A real fan's enthusiasm won't be dampened by a little rain!

Cadogan Hall, May 20th 2010


Icing On The Cake

The Pasadena Roof Orchestra has finished its 40th Anniversary Tour in London on Thu, May 20th. The concert took place at the atmospheric decorated Cadogan Hall. Not only fans of the band joined the celebration concert but also former members showed up and made the evening a "Pasadena Roof Orchestra Family Event". A highlight was certainly the guest appearance of John Arthy who founded the Orchestra in 1969.

The Orchestra at El Palau de la Musica Catalana, Barcelona


Swing, Swing Olé!

The Pasadena Roof Orchestra very much enjoyed its mini tour in the Spanish sun last week. Scheduled were concerts in Madrid and Barcelona. In particular the packed El Palau de la Musica Catalana, one of the finest concert halls in Europe, wowed the Orchestra's members again. Judging by the warm and long applause the orchestra received it would seem they were wowed too.



Vinyl is in!

A special Anniversary Record was released by the Pasadena Roof Orchestra for the German-speaking market: A vinyl EP containing six tunes from 40 years. This record is strictly limited to 1000 units only. Each album cover has a unique serial number and makes this EP a highly collectable item!

Friday Night is Music Night, BBC Radio 2


Friday Night Is Music Night

CORRECTION: The show tonight will be just recorded and is to be broadcasted in May! *********** Listen live on BBC Radio 2 on Friday, Feb 26th at 19:30 (UK time) to the Pasadena Roof Orchestra taking part in "Friday Night Music Night" broadcasted from Watford Colosseum. You can also listen to the show online on

Pasadena Roof Orchestra on stage together with Liederkranz Strassdorf in Schwaebisch Gmuend (Germany)


Well done boys!

On the Orchestra's recent trip through Germany it performed together with the male choir 'Liederkranz Strassdorf'. The packed hall in Schwaebisch Gmuend enjoyed a wonderful concert, and so did the artitsts on stage.

Jazz ohne Grenzen - Jazz without frontiers


Jazz without frontiers

Germany is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its unification. Nov 9th 1989 was the historic day when the Berlin wall came down and the border between East and West Germany was opened. Last week the Pasadena Roof Orchestra toured some East German cities just as it did in the late 1970s and 80s when they were one of the very few Western artists who were allowed to perform in the DDR. So great was the Orchestra's popularity that in 1988 the album "Happy Feet" was licensed to AMIGA and released in the DDR.

John Arthy´s original timetable 1969. <br />
Monday, 3rd of november: First rehearsal of the orchestra. "No second trumpet, no violin."


Historical date

The first rehearsal of Pasadena Roof Orchestra takes place on November 3rd, 1969.

Bouckenborgh Park, Merksem (Antwerp)


Oct 3rd, Bevrijdingsfeesten Merksem

A return to Antwerp for the celebration of the liberation of Merksem (Antwerp). After a day of festivities the Orchestra rounded off the evening to a capacity audience at the Bouckenborgh Park.

The Pasadena Roof Orchestra Cricket Team 2009


Annual Cricket Match

On Monday, Aug 24th the Pasadena Roof Orchestra again showed its talents at the band's annual cricket match. The player's skills were as usual outstanding and even better at demonishing the sandwiches and cakes at tea time, at the bar afterwards, and the evening blow in the pavilion.

The orchestra and The Jiving Lindy Hoppers on stage at Canary Wharf.


The Pasadena Roof Orchestra ends its Open Air Season

After sell-outs in Berlin-Koepenick and Wiesbaden at the beginning of this month, and packed houses in Munich and Stuttgart in July the orchestra ends its Open Air Season with a free concert at Canary Wharf London on THU, Aug 20th.

Leuven, Belgium July, 3rd 2009


Bravo Beleuvenissen!

On four Fridays in July the historic part of the Belgian town Leuven becomes one big open air festival (Beleuvenissen). Friday July 3rd was the first festival day and the theme was 'Jazz'. The Pasadena Roof Orchestra performed on the stage set up at the 'Oude Markt' and wowed some 6000 people who enjoyed the music, the weather and drinks at one of the many outdoor bars and street cafés.



High-End Downloads for audiophiles

The Pasadena Roof Orchestra has entered the digital download market for audiophiles through the Hong Kong based platform Initially, the band's album CDPRO 8 "Roots Of Swing" is available as single track downloads or as full album version.



Game, Set and Party!

On June 27th the Orchestra took its place amongst the beautifully manicured croquet lawns and cricket pitches of the Hurlingham Club in London. The Band performed at the Lawn Tennis Association Wimbledon Ball.

Copyright photo: BR


Bandleader Duncan Galloway On German TV

The orchestra's bandleader Duncan Galloway appears on Bavarian TV, BR alpha, Monday June 29th at 20:15 and Tuesday June 30th, 13:00.

Vocal Trio Simon Townley, Duncan Galloway and Steve Shaw (from left)


Small German town embraces visitors, citizens and artists at the same time

After only two years, the "Bietigheimer Wunderland" festival at Bietigheim-Bissingen near Stuttgart has developed its very own special magical atmosphere. The Orchestra started its festival summer with two very well-attended performances at the "Wunderland" under starry skies. Over two days, more than 20.000 people experienced various shows, acts and bands, spread over six stages throughout the historic centre of Bietigheim.




May 14th the Pasadena Roof Orchestra had possibly the distance of a well struck 8- Iron to travel after arriving in Hamburg. The concert was held at Terminal Tango, Hamburg Airport's old departure terminal which functions as event location now. But not only the venue, also the hotel was in walking distance.

The Pasadena Roof Orchestra travelling through London.



Waiting feverishly, the orchestra prepares itself for a hot summer with engagements at venues around Europe - open air concerts, jazz festivals as well as 'Moonlight Serenades' on (hopefully) warm summer nights will form the orchestra's schedule. Isn't it romantic? - as one of the band's first albums were named - hearing all those melodic tunes under 'Blue Skies'.

The Pasadena Roof Orchestra on the bus line '40'!



The Orchestra members were really excited about having the chance to shoot pictures on a London ‘Routemaster’ Bus. The Pasadena Roof Orchestra jumped on and off the vintage vehicle. The results can be seen and downloaded on the website’s category ‘press’.

Pasadena Roof Orchestra Founder Mr. John Arthy


Yes, he did it again!

Pasadena Roof Orchestra's Founder John Arthy was back on stage performing a few numbers with the orchestra's current line-up on a one week tour through Bavaria and Austria.

El Palau de la Musica Catalana, Barcelona


A Sunday evening in Barcelona

Timeless music at an timeless venue. The Pasadena Roof Orchestra enjoyed a concert in Barcelona's special theatre - El Palau de la Musica Catalana.



Royal Household Staff Party at Buckingham Palace

Once upon a time around Christmas... Wed, Dec 24, 2008 the Daily Mail reported: "There, the Queen and Philip, helped by Princess Anne and husband Vice-Admiral Tim Laurence, Prince Andrew and the Duke of Kent, joined in the fun as 600 staff and their partners spread themselves across three dance floors to the music of a disco, a jive band and the gently melodic Pasadena Roof Orchestra. (...) 'It was very jolly and the royals - they loved it,' says one close figure."

Helen Schneider and Duncan Galloway; Photo: M. Rinderspacher


Two special shows in Ludwigshafen

Last weekend the Pasadena Roof Orchestra played two shows for BASF's cultural programme. Together with Broadway and Musical Star Helen Schneider and the Bavarian satirist Christian 'Fonsi' Springer the band performed in front of 1200 visitors - each night!




The Pasadena Roof Orchestra plays across Europe and all over the world. Listen to authentic sounds from the swinging 20's and 30's. Come and visit our stage shows. We're looking forward to seeing you!