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In the current climate we are doing our best to keep everyone up to date. All gigs, as we all know, are off.

However, good old YouTube has plenty to offer both old and new to help us survive whilst housebound. Plus now is a good time to stock up on your CDs.

Also, keep an eye out for live streaming sessions.

Alternatively, you could do as they do in Italy and sing from your balcony.

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As we all know there are no live gigs taking place in the immediate future. However, any links to jazz streaming that are deemed suitable - i.e. with a professional approach - will be considered for posting.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Mini-Big Band at the The Customs House, South Shields, Wednesday May 30

Is this the most unusual band line-up of the year?
Yes, this must surely be it, a very odd but fascinating band! A pianist who also sang, a flute, clarinet (ok so far); but also a baritone horn, a steel pan, and two women singers. This was part of a special concert to celebrate 50 years of Amnesty International.
 The band had a good lively sound and the main singer was a sweet strong-voiced young woman who wouldn’t have sounded out of place singing in 1930’s musicals. They treated us to their arrangement of Summertime, The Bugle Boy from Company B and a Glenn Miller Medley. This was only one item in a most entertaining concert. I even did my bit as a member of the Customs House Choir (Custom Voices). The rest of the music was provided by students from two locally run music degrees, The Community Music degree and the Jazz and Popular Music degree. We were treated to jazz guitar, (Chet Atkins and Tommy Emmanuel tributes); A folky band called Secret Violins; and a student choir. The musicians deserved more than the half- full theatre that they got, although I hadn’t seen much publicity for the concert. We all rounded off proceedings by singing When the Saints Go marching In,en masse.
The Mini-Big band may simply be a temporary student band, but if you hear of them again, do go to see them. I don’t think you’ll regret it.
Ann Alex (in case you hadn't guessed!).

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