I really like those gigs where you get to play jazz, original music and/or arrangements, and I’ve had a great time recently on Monday nights doing just that. In summary:
Monday 27th Jan: I played with Percy Pursglove and Andrew Bain at Yorks Cafe, Birmingham. This was a double-trumpet quintet, with me and Percy playing Trumpet and Flugel, Andy Bunting on the Nord, Chris Mapp on Bass, and Bain on drums. A lovely cafe, good crowd, and particularly good pizza. We played a series of standards in a fairly quirky fashion. Huge fun. You can find Percy and Bain playing at Yorks every Monday.
Monday 3rd Feb: This time it was the Dunnett/Baxter Big Band at the Yardbird, Birmingham. It was the first show of the bands 2014 residency at the Yardbird, which is the 1st Monday of every month. I took a new chart along called ‘Minor Roast Up’, the name describes it in plain and simple terms really. We played a mixture of the band’s compositions and arrangements, and of course, some classic Big Band repertoire as well. Next gig at the Yardbird: Monday 3rd March.
Monday 10th Feb: That’s tonight, Walsall Jazz Orchestra are on the road in Waseley, performing a concert at Waseley Hills High School. I’ll be taking the ‘Minor Roast Up’ for WJO to play, and I’m sure there will be a selection of Tim Amann’s music, some of my own charts, maybe an offering from Thomas Haines, and a few other bits and bobs. 7.30 start. Next gig with this band: Sunday 16th @ The Feathers, Lichfield.
Monday 17th Feb: Arabella Sprot Quintet @ The Daffodil, Cheltenham. Yep, we’re back on tour with Arabella’s band. It’s all her compositions (which are marvellous), and it’s an exciting band. Arabella plays tenor sax, I toot the trumpet, Steve Tromans plays keys, James Banner (bass), and Ric Yarborough on Drums. ASQ will also be playing in Bristol on Thursday 13th March.
So there we are, lot’s of crackin’ jazz, all apparently on Monday nights…
Over and out.