X-Factor star set to dazzle

Andy Abraham's History of the Big Bands comes to Buxton Opera House on Thursday March 8, at 7.30pm. Photo contributed.
Andy Abraham's History of the Big Bands comes to Buxton Opera House on Thursday March 8, at 7.30pm. Photo contributed.
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FORMER X-Factor contestant turned platinum-selling recording artist, Andy Abraham, is set to transport audiences back to the music of the Big Band era when he brings his hotly-anticipated 26-date theatre tour to Buxton Opera House next month.

The History of the Big Bands sees British pop’s soulful superstar, backed by a magnificent 13-piece big band featuring world-class soloists, taking on the famous solos as played in the legendary jazz clubs and concert halls of New York, such as the Savoy Ballroom.

All the legendary standards from the world’s greatest Big Band leaders will feature, with influences including Harry James, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Woody Herman and Buddy Rich, to name a few…

Dubbed the man and voice of the people, Abraham shot to fame in 2005 on the X Factor where he wowed the judging panel and won the hearts of audiences across the nation with his soulful voice and charming personality.

Abraham has since embarked on three UK tours, culminating in a sell-out show at the Royal Albert Hall.

He has also released three albums, including his platinum-selling debut Impossible Dream, Soul Man and Even If.

In 2008 he represented Great Britain at the Eurovision Song Contest, singing to 600 million viewers worldwide.

The following year, Abraham completed a sell-out 54-date UK tour, and in September 2011 he starred in the brand new West End musical by the makers of Thriller Live, Respect la Diva at the Garrick theatre.

With a great passion for the world-famous crooners of Big Band music, including Sinatra and Nat King Cole, Abraham’s vocals bring the classic jazz sound right up to the minute.

Andy Abraham’s History of the Big Bands is at Buxton Opera House on Thursday March 8 at 7.30pm.

Tickets, priced £18 and £20, can be booked by calling the Box Office on 0845 127 2190 or online by visiting www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.