Simon Gardner, the lead trumpeter in Dave Arch’s BBC Strictly Come Dancing Orchestra, along with his son Tom, has created the Gardner’s Candoli – a tribute to trumpeter Conte Candoli.

The father and son will be heading to Swindon's Jazz On The Corner on February 12, when they will be performing a trumpet-led homage to the swingin’ West Coast’ arrangements from brothers Pete and Conti Candoli.

Simon's first professional gigs were in TV studio orchestras, working on shows like Morecambe and Wise, Surprise Surprise and New Faces in the 1980s.

The trumpeter has performed with some of the biggest names in music such as Frank Sinatra, Paul McCartney, Tony Bennett, Elton John, Spice Girls and Barbra Streisand. He also toured with Buddy Rich, The Who, Tom Jones, Cliff Richard and, more recently, Robbie Williams.

Simon and Tom will be bringing their tribute to The Royal Oak in Swindon's Old Town from 8pm.

The Candoli brothers were some of the most prolific jazz musicians in history, playing with Sammy Davis Jr, Dizzy Gillespie and Sarah Vaughan. Younger brother Conti was a member of The Tonight Show band on Johnny Carson’s chat show, and played in all of Frank Sinatra’s TV specials.

Organiser of Jazz On The Corner, Evie Em-Jay, said: ‘‘This is an unmissable performance and a real treat for an intimate jazz club. David Newton, the award-winning pianist who joins us for this performance, actually performed with the Candoli brothers in Wiltshire in the 1990s.’’

Simon's band also features Denny Ilett on guitar, Will Harris on double bass and Mark Whitlam on drums.

For further information of the free gig call 01793 977337 or visit