Tagged Patrick Billingham

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Big Band Scene (Dec. 2019)

Once again we are at the year’s end, when seasonal songs are brought out of storage and dusted off for their annual outings.  2019 has been yet another year of uncertainty on the political front. Despite the Prime Minister’s bluster and bravado, we are still part of Europe. So charts such as April in Paris…

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Big Band Scene (Nov. 2019)

I had the good fortune to see Terry Pack’s Trees again last month as part of the regular Big Band @ Brunswick Sunday evening programme. As before, it was a slimmed down version, with just four brass, eight reeds and woodwind, a single voice, keyboard, bass and drums. There was some new material as well…

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Big Band Scene (Oct. 2019)

Good news. Eastbourne Bandstand is continuing its programme of Summer Thursday evening Big Band and Swing Sound concerts in 2020. There are eight scheduled, with the first on 2nd July and the last on 27th August. And a gap on 6th August.      Performances are a single set starting at 8 and finishing at…

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Big Band Scene (Sept. 2019)

Some Like It Hotter      Some Like It Hotter is an 18-piece predominantly female swing band founded in September last year by baritone saxophonist Jody Wood, who moved from London to Bexhill in 2017. Her love of bonkers, OTT glamour didn’t quite translate to East Sussex. She was also surprised by the dearth of…

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Big Band Scene (Aug. 2019)

     As discussed last month, the disadvantages of outdoor performances made themselves evident again. In mid June, Jazz on The Prom, a new event, sponsored by Brighton Beach Club and the i360, was badly affected by the weather. Early on, the Sussex Jazz Orchestra had to cut their second set short after driving rain…

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Big Band Scene (July 2019)

    We are now well and truly into the season for outdoor big band performances. With its advantages and its disadvantages. Among the advantages, apart from boosting the band’s vitamin D levels, if lucky, is that of bringing our music to a wider audience and demonstrating the healthy state of the local big band…

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Big Band Scene (June 2019)

Patrick Billingham rounds up the latest big band news from around Sussex.   I was unable to go to Big Band@Brunswick last month to hear The One World Orchestra. But I have received reports from some who were there. To remind you, this band evolved from The Paul Busby Big Band. Paul has written and…

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Big Band Scene (May 2019)

The self congratulatory Brighton Festival is back again, bigger, better and ever more ambitious. Without a whisper of a big band and very little jazz. Yet again. And only three big band events in the Fringe. Although I suspect this is due largely to the increasing, and for most local bands, unaffordable cost of registration. …

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Big Band Scene (April 2019)

I try to ensure that all the big band gigs in the county are included in the gig lists each month. Unfortunately, some slip through the net. Having heard about it only the evening before, I was able to attend one such gig recently, which had been confirmed only three days before. The Downsbeat Swing…

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Big Band Scene (March 2019)

This month there is good news and bad news. I will start with the good news. A newcomer, mentioned last month, has joined the Sussex big band scene. Here is a profile of Happy Days Big Band in the words of its founder, Chris Merryfield-Day. “I started playing the saxophone in 2010 and joined a…