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Sunday, December 04, 2011

Durham University Big Band @ The Bridge

This was one of those Splinter gigs where the band really did outnumber the audience - and by a rugby score 19-8! This made it really strange, and sad, when you consider the number of big bands in the area and not one of them were represented. Take it from me those missing "musicians" could have learned a lot tonight - like how to swing.
From the opening Apple Honey there was never any doubt that we were in for a treat. These young guys (and gals) are just so talented the only worry is that upon leaving uni their skills will be channelled away from music to the lesser professions such as Medicine or Law.
A couple of good singers - Danny and Adele - added to the ambience with a touch of Sinatra and Peggy whilst the solos from the saxes were comparable with anything going around. However, in a band like this it's unfair to single any one person out they all contributed and not least the rhythm section who ensured that the essential ingredient of any big band was omnipresent - the ability to swing.
You folk who couldn't be bothered to turn out tonight just don't know what you missed.
Lance.

2 comments :

Anonymous said...

Yes, a great gig. I'd forgotten what a good sound a swinging big band makes and it worked fine in the confines of the Bridge.All the musicians were excellent and both singers had a nice style (what is the name of that song where one of the rhymes in the chorus is 'al shazamm')?
Why worry about the size of the crowd? I like having my own personal big band playing for me and few mates. If you're not doing anything this weekend guys, pop around to my place and play a few numbers.....
JC

Lance said...

Orange Coloured Sky - "Flash! Bang! Alakazam! Wonderful you came by."
Nat King Cole Trio did it originally.

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