Tagged Big Band Scene

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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…

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Big Band Scene (Dec. 2017)

Patrick Billingham looks back on 2017 and reviews some recent big band performances.    2017 has not been a good year for the United Kingdom, with uncertainties over the future of this country’s relations with Europe and the rest of the world, and the economic uncertainties resulting. It has not been a good year, with…

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Big Band Scene (Oct. 2017)

Patrick Billingham looks forward to the New World Orchestra, applications for the Eastbourne bandstand in 2018 and revisits the legacy of Glenn Miller.     Sadly, the weather intervened on the 3rd of last month, so Super Sunday was downsized to just three big band gigs.  The last of which was in the evening featuring Terry…

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Big Band Scene (Sept. 2017)

Patrick Billingham looks at Super Sunday, co-operation and competition.     In late July I posted ‘Super Sunday – 13th August. Find out more in the Sussex Jazz Magazine – out soon’ on a Facebook page.  Referring to four separate big band gigs across the county on that day.  All around the same time in the…

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Big Band Scene (Aug. 2017)

Patrick Billingham looks at Bader’s Big Band and requests.       The Douglas Bader Foundation have announced that they are recruiting for Bader’s Big Band.  A new project.  For those under a certain age who are unaware of his heroic exploits, Douglas Bader lost both legs in an aircraft crash in 1931.  Nevertheless he was…

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Big Band Scene (July 2017)

   Patrick Billingham reviews recent big band gigs at The Brunswick, The Round Georges and B.O.A.T..  That’s another election out of the way. My thanks to all who responded to my plea to register to vote and then to use it. Now back to the real world where the big band Summer season is starting…

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Big Band Scene (June 2017)

Patrick Billingham reviews recent big band gigs and looks at/for missing parts. It is flaming June at last.  Time to say goodbye to May.  I have been to a couple of gigs recently.  One of which was a Saturday Afternoon of Jazz in the packed out foyer of The Ropetackle Arts Centre in Shoreham.  With…