Big Band Scene

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Big Band Scene (Oct. 2018)

Summer is officially over, with the final concert in the series of Thursday evening Big Band Sounds events on Eastbourne bandstand. The fine weather ensured good attendances, with audiences averaging well over 200. Hopefully these will continue in 2019. Autumn brings plenty of indoor big band gigs to look forward to.  Among these are the…

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Big Band Scene (Sept. 2018)

    A new big band called “Some Like it Hot” is looking for trombonists. Rehearsals are on the fourth Wednesday of each month in Herstmonceux.  If you can help, please contact Jo Wood for further details, jowood01@gmail.com, 07545 305690.     The Mark Travers Project, created in 2017, is a twelve piece small big band, formed to…

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Big Band Scene (Aug. 2018)

Patrick Billingham looks at the start of Eastbourne Bandstand’s Big Band & Swing Sound concerts and re-visits digital archiving.   Mea Culpa and apologies all round, especially to supporters of The Sussex Jazz Orchestra who missed a gig last month because I failed to list it. There’s no excuse as I was aware of it…

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Big Band Scene (July 2018)

Patrick Billingham talks about The South London Jazz Orchestra and continues his look at playing outdoors.       Last month, I was able to see The South London Jazz Orchestra in action at St. Nicholas Church in central Brighton.  This was the final week-end of the Brighton Fringe.  During past Fringes I have had to miss…

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Big Band Scene (June 2018)

Patrick Billingham looks at pad organisation and continues his look at playing outdoors.       The Big Band@Brunswick schedule for the second half of the year is confirmed.  No August fixture, but two in September. 1st July: Terry Pack’s Trees 2nd September: Big Band Sounds 23rd September: Mark Travers Project 7th October: The Brighton Big…

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Big Band Scene (May 2018)

Patrick Billingham looks at issues arising from playing outdoors.     After what has seemed like a very long Winter, Spring has finally arrived.  And with it the start of the festival season.  The Brighton Festival and Fringe, Love Supreme among others around the county.     Warmer conditions also encourage those gigs which bring live music…

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Big Band Scene (April 2018)

This month Patrick Billingham looks at the Big Bands UK project.       Big Bands UK is a very welcome newcomer on the scene.  Of interest to all big band fans, this project is the brainchild of big band trumpeter Stuart McLean-Fowler.  He has undertaken the task of attempting to find out how many big…

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Big Band Scene (March 2018)

Patrick Billingham looks at the most common big band layouts.       This month’s Big Band @ Brunswick features Big Band Sounds. I had the pleasure of depping with this band recently at a rehearsal. They still need regular trombonists and a trumpeter. If you are able, and willing, to help out, please contact Darren…

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Big Band Scene (Feb. 2018)

Patrick Billingham updates us on the latest big band news and profiles The ConChord Big Band.       Previously, I have mentioned the Facebook group Big Bands Of Brighton.  And I suggested that, by its very nature, it is more reliable as an up to date source of gig information than this column could ever…

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Big Band Scene (Jan. 2018)

Patrick Billingham looks forward to 2018 and lists the active gigging big bands around Sussex.     Happy New Year.  Despite the uncertainties about exiting the European Union, our financial future and the threat to civilisation as we know it from the antics of various unhinged national leaders, the prospects for the big band scene in…