A Brief Blog This Week
To remind you that we have Kelvin Christiane on sax and flute this week, together with trumpeter Andy Gibson, who I seemed to have missed on his last visit.
The program for the following weeks is below
August 30th Al Nichols sax - Alan Graham vibes
September 6th Lester Brown tpt - Robert Goodhew sax
September 13th Mike Wills sax and Jezz Cook gtr (Mike is still not able to drive and is being brought by fellow Oxford resident Jezz Cook).
September 20th we have another special night with the BBO Big Band...a sponsored evening to raise money for the sponsors charity (The Thames Valley Adventure Playground for Disabled Children and Young Adults)
September 27th Max Brittain gtr - Duncan Lamont Jr sax
Last week's session with Robert Goodhew and Max Brittain was another great session with some wonderful saxophone playing, showing how Robert is maturing into a really fine tenor-man. If you missed him he is with us again at the beginning of September. Max is back with us again at its end!
Geoff Swaffield's photos of the evening are below.
CD LISTENED TO THIS WEEK
I've probably mentioned it before, but one of the UK's great big bands that are currently still playing is The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, led and run by saxophonist Tommy Smith. I have been listening again to their version of "Rhapsody in Blue", a 54 minute live performance with Brian Kellock doing the solo piano bits. This is a reworked version of the Gershwin original, still eminently recognisable, but definitely a terrific jazz piece for a modern big band. Wonderfully recorded (as are all there CD's) it's on Spartacus Records and every comment on Amazons page for its purchase gives it 5 stars. I have loved it since its release in 2009 and can heartily recommend it.
BUT for now
PS. The listing for August and September appears slightly scrambled. Sadly I have been unable to correct this, as Googles software seems to inhibit is correction!!