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Glenn Miller Orchestra brings a touch of brass

by Mariko Kato

The Glenn Miller Orchestra returns to Japan for a national tour starting Nov. 19 that includes performances in Tokyo, Hokkaido, Osaka and Fukuoka.

Originally formed in 1937, the Glenn Miller Orchestra was created by swing-era bandleader Glenn Miller. As one of the leading representatives of quintessential American jazz, it remains one of the world’s most sought-after ensembles, playing more than 300 dates a year. The orchestra has been consistently popular in Japan and visit at least once a year.

Miller disbanded the orchestra during World War II to lead the famous Army Air Force Band, but when he died in a plane accident in 1944, his legacy was carried on by other band members, who resurrected the orchestra.

Trombonist Larry O’Brien is the present musical director of the 19-member band. On their Japan tour, their wide-ranging repertoire will include classic tunes such as “In the Mood,” “Moon Light Serenade” and “Little Brown Jug,” including Miller’s original arrangements.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra’s tour starts on Nov. 19 at Hokkaido Kosei Nenkin Kaikan; it then tours to: Ibaraki-ken Bunka Center (Nov. 23); Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space (Nov. 24); Komae Ecorma Hall, Tokyo (Nov. 25); Aichi Prefectural Arts Theater (Nov. 27); Kurashiki City Auditorium, Okayama (Nov. 28); Kure City Bunka Hall, Hiroshima (Nov. 29); Hashima City Bunka Center (Nov. 30); Kuwana City Citizen Hall, Mie (Dec. 1); Yokohama Minatomirai Hall, Kanagawa (Dec. 2); Kumamoto Prefectural Theater, Kumamoto (Dec. 4); Fukuoka Symphony Hall, Fukuoka (Dec. 5); Ishikawa Ongakudo, Ishikawa (Dec. 7); Itami Hall, Hyogo (Dec. 8); Orchard Hall, Tokyo (Dec. 9, 15); Festival Hall, Osaka (Dec. 11); Tokorozawa Shimin Bunka Center MUSE, Saitama (Dec. 14). Ticket prices vary.

For tickets and more information, call (0570) 02-9999 or visit t.pia.co.jp.