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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 (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…

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Big Band Scene (May 2016)

  It is May. It is Festival time. Brighton’s major cultural event. Where we look forward to seeing internationally renowned big bands.  With the tickets sold out weeks before the concert.  But not in 2016.  Fortunately there is The Fringe.  There are more events listed in the gig guide at the foot of this column…

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Big Band Scene (April 2016)

Saxophonist Patrick Billingham continues his monthly column with a look at practise.   “Maestro*/man† why do you practise every day and for so many hours?”  “Because if I didn’t, after one day I would notice, after a week my colleagues would notice and after a month my audience would notice.” I have found this quote…

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Big Band Scene (March 2016)

In SJM46 (November 2015), I mentioned creating a digital archive of a band’s charts and promised to discuss the issue of copyright. As well as being a legal issue, it is also a moral issue.  If you have copied someone else’s work with the intention of profiting from it, then you should pass on some…

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Big Band Scene (Jan. 2016)

Saxophonist Patrick Billingham continues his monthly column with a roundup of the big bands that will be performing across Sussex in 2016.       Happy New Year.  Now’s the time to make a list of resolutions. Or not, as the case may be.  If I were to make a list, I suppose it might include…