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Ken Mackintosh: Article 3

Article Three: The Palais Plum Job

Tony Brown reviews the show at the Mecca Empire Ballroom in Leicester Square in 1963.

Written: 1963

Source: Jazz Professional 

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THERE is a plush opulence about the new Mecca Empire Ballroom, Leicester Square, that is going to be talked about months hence. The official opening on March 19 was what is known as a Gala occasion—lashings of champagne and oodles of cocktail snacks, hordes of servers to make one feel important, soft lights and sweet music, dispensed by the Arthur Coppersmith Orchestra, no less. And sweet, indeed, was the Coppersmith contribution—a discreet blend of the lighter Classics and show tunes, played by musicians of long service and unobtrusive technique. Real old pros—if they’ll forgive the ambiguity, and meant in the best possible sense.

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