Pasadena Roof Orchestra
Bild mit Bläsern Pasadena Roof Orchestra
"Rhythm Is Our Business"
John Arthy, founder of the orchestra, 1970
John Arthy, founder of the orchestra, 1970


We go back to the year 1969 - year of the birth of the Pasadena Roof Orchestra, one of the most authentic, and stylistically reliable swing and dance orchestras of (post) modern times. As a great musical career is beginning, the Beatles are soon to split up.
In general 1969 is quite a history charged year: Neil Armstrong becomes the first human to set foot on the moon, 250000 Americans demonstrate in Washington against the Vietnam war, and in soccer, a certain Pele is scoring goal number 1000 of his club career. Meanwhile in Manchester a man named John Arthy makes a significant discovery.

In an attic in Manchester, under decades of layers of dust, the professional baker and passionate musician John Arthy discovers more than 1000 original arrangements for swing and dance titles from the height of a bygone era. Amongst them titles like “Puttin’ On The Ritz”, “Minnie The Moocher”, or, he can hardly believe it, his favourite song “Home In Pasadena”.
Inspired and enthusiastic, Arthy, a lover of dance and band music of the 20’s and 30’s and himself playing bass and sousaphone, forms the Pasadena Roof Orchestra with musician friends. He also takes on the role of bandleader.

The first rehearsal takes place on November 3rd 1969. The first concert is a huge success. Many others follow.

In the year 1974, a jazz fan in the advertisement industry is listening to a concert of the band...

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