Andrew Nolte and his Orchestra
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Andrew Nolte and his Orchestra

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Who are we chatting to and what do you do in the band? I am Andrew Nolte, I am the leader of a 1920s-styled dance orchestra. I play the first alto, in a reed section of three saxophones. I also sing, make jokes, drink a bit, as well as organize all the business side of the band and source the orchestrations which we play from.

What do you reckon people will say you sound like? They’d probably say we sound like an old record, or an old radio, or an old Edison cylinder recording. A lot say we sound like the music from those old black and white movies.

What do you love about making music? I love making people dance, and I love exposing people to the music from the 1920s. I think there is such a wealth of great music from that era. Time and technology has allowed it to be forgotten. It is really fun stuff to see live.

What can a punter expect from your live show? The average punter can expect to be transported back in time to about 1926 and will hear a very hard working saxophone section, extraordinary brass and a fiery rhythm section.

We hear you’re launching a record? We are launching our 78rpm record on the Rivermont (US) label. The first 78rpm disc in Australia since the ‘50s.