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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.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Wigan then Durham, no rest for (the wicked) Tony Eales


(Review by Russell/Eales)

Does the bloke never stop? BSH's County Durham correspondent Tony Eales spent four days at the Wigan Jazz Festival then, within hours of arriving home, made a b-line for the Durham Brass Festival. 

TE has attended the Wigan event for more years than he cares to remember yet, with real enthusiasm, filed a report suggesting Wigan 2019 was as good a year as any. A new venue, stick with the same tried-and-tested formula - book some of the best bands around, both big bands (it's what Wigan is all about) alongside some top quality small combos - and reap the rewards in the shape of many near-capacity and several sell-out shows.   

TE reckons Wigan's closing Louis Dowdeswell Big Band concert couldn't be bettered. Trumpeter Dowdeswell, a 2016 Royal Academy graduate, has already worked with the best of them - Gordon Goodwin, West End jobs, Abbey Road recording sessions - and he's still in his mid-twenties! Alan Barnes, with arranger Mark Nightingale conducting, delivered the goods with another outing for his Alan Barnes + 11 touring project (see LL's review from Ronnie Scott's, May 1st). Our man's small group highlight was an appearance by Salena Jones working with her quintet which elicited a standing ovation. 

Hot footing it from Greater Manchester, TE arrived in the nick of time to get along to Monday evening's Mnozil Brass concert (part of the ongoing Durham Brass Festival) at the Gala Theatre. Part street brass, big on zany comedy, the gig did its job pulling in a full house. Last night (Tuesday 16) Eales was at it again, same place (the Gala), for some Strictly Come BRASSing. Paul Edis' community big band took its place in the orchestral pit leaving the stage to dozens of dancers to do their thing - from ballroom to swing to tap. MD Edis' regular working partners Andy Champion and Russ Morgan were on hand for a few tight jazz trio numbers and, to top it off, none other than Alan Barnes put in an appearance!               
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