Big Band Scene

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Big Band Scene (Feb. 2019)

Following the absence of the January issue, a belated happy new year to you all. In case you haven’t noticed, the updated list of active Sussex big bands, usually published in January, is posted on the SJM website and the Big Bands of Brighton Facebook page. Another item which was to have been included is…

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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…

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Big Band Scene (Dec. 2018)

Nationally and internationally, 2018 has been an unsettling year. Locally, on the Sussex big band front, it has been a year of mixed fortunes.  There have been slightly fewer live performances, accounted for, to some extent, by the loss of two residencies.  But still averaging more than ten a month, the scene remains quite healthy. …

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Big Band Scene (Nov. 2018)

This month sees a welcome return to the Sussex big band scene of the One World Orchestra, with their appropriately named Bonfire! performance at the Unitarian Church in central Brighton. Details are in the listings below. This Sussex based ensemble, formerly The Paul Busby Big Band, changed its name a couple of years ago, when…

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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…