Big Band Scene (Jan. 2019)

 

The January Big Band Scene has a tradition, dating back almost a third of a decade, listing the big bands active in the county. Here is the list prepared for the January 2019 issue. Including websites & Facebook addresses, where known and contact details.

 

Sussex Big Bands – January 2019

 

Bands with a more or less conventional line-up.   

 

Big Band Sounds

Contact: Darren Vassie, darrenvassie@googlemail.com

 

Bognor Regis Big Band

Contact: Mike Bosley, 01243 821434, mikebosley@hotmail.co.uk

 

Brighton Jazz Mafia Big Band

brightonjazzmafia.com

www.facebook.com/BrightonJazzMafia

Contact: Alex Bondonno, 07941 971411, alex@bigbandjazz.co.uk

 

ConChord Big Band

www.conchordbigband.com/

Contact: Frank Osborne, 01342 322646, info@conchordbigband.com

 

Happy Days Big Band

www.happydaysbigband.co.uk

www.facebook.com/Happy-Days-Big-Band

Contact: Chris Merryfield-Day,  07910 127785,  chrisjmday@hotmail.co.uk

 

JL Dance & Swing Band

www.facebook.com/JL-Dance-And-Swing-122255671033/

Contact: James Lelean, jlmusic@gmx.co.uk 

 

Phoenix Big Band

http://www.phoenix-bigband.co.uk/

www.facebook.com/ThePhoenixBigBand

Contact: Debby Wells, Deborah.Wells@mercer.com

 

Ska-Kestra

www.facebook.com/Ska-Kestra-148154381911545/

Contact: Peter Thompson, 07855 008116, contactpeter@btinternet.com

 

Some Like It Hotter

Contact:  Jo Wood, 07545 305690,  jowood01@gmail.com, 

 

Sounds of Swing

www.soundsofswingbigband.moonfruit.com

Contact: Chris Tanner, 07769 789225 / 07860 182734', chris.j.tanner@live.co.uk

 

Sussex All-Stars Big Band

www.sussexallstarsbigband.co.uk 

Contact: Peter Blackmore, 01323 764192, p_blackmore@hotmail.com 

 

The BYG (Bells Yew Green) Big Band

www.thebygbigband.co.uk

www.facebook.com/thebygbigband

Contact: Karen Wardrop, enquiries@thebygbigband.co.uk.  

 

The Brighton Big Band

brightonbigband.blogspot.co.uk

www.facebook.com/The-Brighton-Big-Band-109421702472952/

Contact: John Lake, 07950 317496, johnbruce_@hotmail.com 

 

The CH Big Band

Contact: Christ’s Hospital School, Horsham, 01403 211293

 

The Fred Woods Big Band

www.facebook.com/fredwoodsbigband

Contacts: Richard Guest, richard.guest6@btinternet.com

Bill Woods, 07776 200586, billwoods245@aol.com

 

The Horsham RBL Legionnaires Big Band

Contact: Richard Guest, richard.guest6@btinternet.com

 

The Johnny Spice Swing Orchestra

www.facebook.com/JohnnySpiceSwingOrchestra/

Contact: Paul Hyde, 01273 516632, Paul.hyde@talktalk.net,

 

The JP Big Band

Contact: Jim Prior, jamesprior1908@gmail.com

 

The Les Paul Big Band

www.lespaulbigband.co.uk

www.facebook.com/jazzyfunkster.jazzyfunkster

Contact: Steve Paul, 01273 509631’ steven_paul1@yahoo.co.uk com 

 

The Maestro Big Band

www.facebook.com/The-Maestro-Big-Band-319021478233425/

Contact: Paul Boswell, 01273 517999, paul@maestronewhaven.co.uk

 

The One World Jazz Orchestra

(pictured, above, in rehearsal)

www.oneworldorchestra.co.uk

www.facebook.com/oneworldorchestra/

Contact: Paul Nieman, 01273 256521 / 07706 165768, paultnieman@gmail.com

 

The Perdido Players’ Swing Band

www.perdidoplayers.co.uk

www.facebook.com/Perdido-Players-1514229442198744/

Contact: Peter Swann, 01444 450335, heapetsw@gmail.com.

 

The Ron Green Big Band

rongreenbigband.wordpress.com

www.facebook.com/rongreenbigband/

Contact: Ron Green, 01798 813008 / 07752 405493, rongreen980@btinternet.com

 

The Ronnie Smith Big Band

Contact: Rod Burrows, 01903 783053, rod@burrowshome.co.uk

 

The Simon Bates Big Band

Contact: Simon Bates, 07739 231467,  info@simonbates.co.uk

 

The South Coast Big Band

www.southcoastbigband.co.uk 

Contact: Duncan J. Reeks, 01323 767804/ 07721 184031, djreeks@btinternet.com

 

The Studio 9 Orchestra

www.studio9orchestra.com

www.facebook.com/studio9orchestra/

Contact: s9orchestra@gmail.com

 

The Sussex Jazz Orchestra

a18462.wixsite.com/sussex-jazz-orch

www.facebook.com/Sussex-Jazz-Orchestra-SJO-299962200055146/

Contact: Patrick Billingham, 07812 418560, g8aac@yahoo.co.uk

 

The Sussex Universities’ Big Band

sussexbigband.co.uk

www.facebook.com/sussexunibigband

Contact: sussexbigband@gmail.com

 

The Swingshift Big Band

www.swingshiftsussex.co.uk

Contact: Jonathan Bailey, 01825 872574, swingshift4u@hotmail.com

 

The Tony Strudwick Big Band

www.tonystrudwick.co.uk

Contact: Tony Strudwick, 01903 764328, tonystrudwick@msn.com

 

Bands with less conventional line-ups. 

 

Saxshop

www.saxshop.org

www.facebook.com/saxshopbrighton

Contact: Beccy Rork, beccyrork@gmail.com

 

Seaford Rock & Jazz Orchestra

www.seafordrockandjazz.co.uk

Contact: Pat White, 01323 897360 thewhites@pwhiteseaford.co.uk

 

The Downsbeat Swing Band

Contact: Steve Field,  07729 890174 stevefield46@hotmail.co.uk

 

The Swingin’ Saxophone Big Band

www.facebook.com/theswinginsaxophonebigband/

Contact: Karen Wardrop, karen.wardrop@btopenworld.com.

 

The Wacky Band

www.facebook.com/TheWackyBand

Contact: Graham Stephens, thewackyband@outlook.com.   

or Paul paul@classicbikes-sussex.co.uk.

 

Trees

www.treesensemble.org

www.facebook.com/treesensemble

Contact: Terry Pack, 07801 482984, tpfeedback@hotmail.com.

 

 

Big Band Gigs and Events for January – Early February

 ([R] means a residency)

 

Wednesday 2nd January.

[R] 8:30 pm, The Fred Woods Big Band at the Horsham Sports Club, Cricketfield Road, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 1TE (01403 254628).  £2 (Club members free.)

 

Sunday 6th January. 

[R] 12:45 – 3:00 pm, Sounds of Swing Big Band at The Horseshoe Inn Hotel, Posey Green, Windmill Hill, Herstmonceux, East Sussex BN27 4RU (02035 645225).   Free entry. 

 

Monday 7th January.

[R] 8:00 – 10:30 pm, The Rox Sessions Live at ‘The Hoff’. Bognor Regis Big Band open rehearsal at the Hothampton Arms, London Road, Bognor Regis, West Sussex,  PO21 1PR, (01243 821434).  Free entry with collection for the Rox music charity.

 

Tuesday 8th January.

[R] 8:00 – 10:30 pm, The Ronnie Smith Big Band at The Humming Bird Restaurant, Main Terminal Building, Shoreham Airport, West Sussex,  BN43 5FF (01273 452300).  Free entry with collection.

 

Friday 25th January.

[R] 8:30 – 11:00 pm, The Les Paul Big Band (Family & Friends evening) in Patcham, BN1, £5. For further details contact Steve (01273 509631) steven_paul1@yahoo.co.uk (Bring your own refreshments.)

 

Sunday 3rd February. 

[R] 12:45 – 3:00 pm, Sounds of Swing Big Band at The Horseshoe Inn Hotel, Posey Green, Windmill Hill, Herstmonceux, East Sussex BN27 4RU (02035 645225).   Free entry. 

7:30 – 10:00  pm, Big Band @Brunswick: Brighton Jazz Mafia at The Brunswick, 3, Holland Road, Hove BN3 1JF (01273 733984).  Free entry with collection.

 

Monday 4th February.

[R] 8:00 – 10:30 pm, The Rox Sessions Live at ‘The Hoff’. Bognor Regis Big Band open rehearsal at the Hothampton Arms, London Road, Bognor Regis, West Sussex,  PO21 1PR, (01243 821434).  Free entry with collection for the Rox music charity.

 

Wednesday 6th February.

[R] 8:30 pm, The Fred Woods Big Band at the Horsham Sports Club, Cricketfield Road, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 1TE (01403 254628).  £2 (Club members free.)