Big Band Scene

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Big Band Scene (March 2017)

This month Patrick Billingham looks at the Big Band @ The Brunswick series and profiles The Sussex All-Stars Big Band       It has been a good start to the year from the big band point of view.  There was a most enjoyable performance by Terry Pack’s Trees in the South Coast Jazz Festival.  Their…

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Big Band Scene (Feb. 2017)

This month Patrick Billingham gives listings for the Big Band at The Brunswick series and and reviews a recent concert by The New World Orchestra.     Hail to the chief!  Congratulations to the new democratically elected leader of the free world.  Even if there are rumours that public disrespect of the president is to…

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Big Band Scene (Jan. 2017)

    This month Patrick Billingham updates the list of big bands around Sussex (and other large ensembles).       Happy New Year.  Let’s hope that 2017 will bring fewer unpleasant surprises than 2016.  Or perhaps we should adopt the old Albanian approach.  We expect 2017 is going to be a better year than 2018, which,…

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Big Band Scene (December 2016)

This month Patrick Billingham searches for missing parts and discusses band finances.       The end is nigh. Not of civilisation as we know it, although after recent election results . . ., but of 2016.  The time of year when bands are preparing for the festive season and, pun intended, blowing the dust of…

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Big Band Scene (November 2016)

    This month Patrick Billingham revisits practice.       I am pleased to say that, after the death of its eponymous creator, the Les Paul Big Band is continuing to function.  I was at their September gig, and the band sounded pleasingly tight.  For me, a high point was a fresh take on their band…

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Big Band Scene (October 2016)

    Les Paul, who died last month at the age of 84, was born in Kolkata India, one of five children of Gerald and Minni Paul.  He was studying for an engineering degree when his family decided to move to England in 1951, where they settled in Croydon.  He embarked on an apprenticeship and studied…

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Big Band Scene (September 2016)

This month Patrick Billingham rounds up the latest big band news from around Sussex and profiles The BYG Big Band.          The Bonsai, 26 1/2 musicians, version of Terry Pack’s unfeasibly big band Trees were the August element of the Big Band @Brunswick programme last month. For those who have never yet heard…

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Big Band Scene (August 2016)

    Saxophonist Patrick Billingham has another look at big band finances and profiles The Swingin’ Saxophone Big Band.       First of all an apology.  I made a typing error in last month’s column. Paul Busby’s website from which you can download his excellent big band charts is www.scoredchanges.com.       In SJM52 (May), I…

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Big Band Scene (July 2016)

    Saxophonist Patrick Billingham has good news and bad news. He also profiles community group The Wacky Band.     Well, that’s it.  The referendum is history.  And the result, from my point of view, as a big band musician, is worrying.  The secretive Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) referred to in SJM50 (March) is,…

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Big Band Scene (June 2016)

Saxophonist Patrick Billingham continues his monthly column discussing Imagine A World.   In the listings for this month, there is a ‘new’ local (very) big band Imagine A World 2016.  This continues the tradition of the various reincarnations of 100 Saxophones. This year, it is organised by Anne-Marie Roberts  (imagineaworld2016@gmail.com) and directed, as the earlier…