Tagged Sussex Jazz Orchestra

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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 (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 (April 2015)

  Saxophonist Patrick Billingham begins his new monthly column with a look at The Sussex Jazz Orchestra and The Brighton Big Band.   This is the first of what I hope is to be a regular monthly column relating to big bands based in Sussex.  I shall start by defining what I mean by a…

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Live Review: Kemptown Carnival 2014

Now in its third year, the Bristol Bar Jazz Stage was the place to be during the 2014 Kemptown Carnival. Students from Brighton Jazz School’s Saturday class began with a selection of classic jazz tunes such as Blue Bossa. Brighton Jazz School’s Learn To Play class then took to the stage and vocalist Yvonne Rawcliffe…

Live Review: SJO at The Brunswick

The Sussex Jazz Orchestra The Brunswick, Hove 24/11/13       The ubiquitous Mark Bassey has been leading the Sussex Jazz Orchestra since September and his good humoured approach and keen ear have resulted in a great sounding ensemble that embraces the musical history of the ensemble.     Mark’s solo trombone playing was featured in two…

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A Brief Guide to the Big Bands of Sussex

The Freddy Woods Big Band     One of the longest surviving big bands in Sussex, the Freddy Woods Big Band in Horsham was formed nearly forty years.     Expect to hear some of the classics from Basie and Ellington alongside arrangements of tunes by Benny Golson,  John Coltrane and many others.     They perform on…