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Nelson Riddle Orchestra

The Nelson Riddle Orchestra, under the direction of Christopher Riddle, remains one of the greatest forces in classic American big band music. 

THE NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA

Throughout this evening’s performance, Riddle enjoyed light-hearted and easy banter with the audience, charming them with tales of his father…Bryan Anthony, was equally charming in his banter, but where Riddle was disarming and sweet, Anthony was dashing and smooth…Anthony has a full and powerful voice, and belted out the tunes with ease and style akin to those who sang them the first time ’round.
— New Theatre, Oxford, UK

The Nelson Riddle Orchestra has been a force to be reckoned with in the world of American popular music since the 1950s. Originally founded by Nelson Riddle, one of the greatest arrangers in American music, the Orchestra has been the backdrop and collaborative partner for iconic voices such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Linda Ronstadt, and Rosemary Clooney for decades, and that legacy is showing no signs of fading away. Now directed by Nelson Riddle's son, Christopher, the Nelson Riddle Orchestra is working to develop and restore Nelson's scores of arrangements and present rousing performances that enthrall and enrapture audiences worldwide.

 
 
 

Available Touring Programs:

  • Nelson Riddle Orchestra (17-Piece Big Band or Full Orchestra)
  • A Century of Song: The Nelson Riddle Orchestra Celebrates The Music of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, & Ella Fitzgerald featuring vocalists Gabrielle Stravelli and Bryan Anthony*
  • Solving the Riddle: The Nelson Riddle Orchestra Celebrates The Music of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, and Nat 'King' Cole featuring vocalists Gabrielle Stravelli and Bryan Anthony*

Available Outreach Programs:

  • Lecture
  • Lecture + Demonstration
 

*Bryan Anthony is on the Texas Commission for the Arts Touring Roster. Funding may be available for Texas presenters.