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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, February 27, 2020

Preview: The Great North Big Band Jazz Festival (Feb 28-Mar 1)

(Preview by Russell)

This weekend the GNBBJF returns to Park View Community Centre. GNBBJF? That's the Great North Big Band Jazz Festival being staged once again in Chester le Street from Friday 28 February to Sunday 1 March. A huge event, a mammoth undertaking, the GNBBJF is one of the most important weekends in the big band jazz calendar. Orchestras from across the country will be converging on Church Chare just off Front Street in Chester-le-Street to battle it out hoping to take home some silverware.

The action begins on Friday evening (7:30pm) with a double bill concert performance. Hartlepool based Musicians Unlimited will once again have the honour of opening a nonstop feast of big band jazz. Mick Donnelly's outfit has been on the scene for three decades and more and the current line-up boasts several big hitters within the sections and two accomplished vocalists - Jan Spencelayh and Paul Skerritt. A hand picked Festival Band will show the breadth and depth of talent in the region focussing on the many emerging musicians soon to become household names.

Saturday is the first day of two competition days with senior bands (college, university, semi-pro) up for examination. Adjudicators listen intently, scribble notes and make their final deliberations. At the end of a full day of big band jazz Park View Community Centre will be packed to the rafters with literally hundreds of musicians (and supporters) awaiting the results. The tension will be unbearable! Big bands from Bolton, Durham, Hexham, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and further afield (this year including a band from Edinburgh) will raise a cheer for each and every band but, make no mistake, the winning band will be met with the loudest applause amidst wild scenes of celebration. The reigning champions, Bolton's Managers Big Band, will take some beating. Be there to experience the occasion for yourself.

Sunday (March 1) is the day guaranteed to bring a tear to the eye. Some of the participants will stand little more than 1.372 metres high (that's 4' 6'' in old money) not because of stunted growth, no, these are young, growing (literally growing) musicians, school kids playing in school and youth big bands. The standard is amazingly high. Some will go on to make a living in the music world, some will play simply for their own enjoyment. This year St Aidan's School from Harrogate wil make a welcome return after an absence of a few years. Does this suggest the lads and lasses from Yorkshire fancy their chances? Get along to find out. 

A weekend ticket (£15) permits access to all three days, day tickets (£12) will be available on the door and under 16s gain entry for a fiver. Food and a licensed bar will be available all weekend. Please note the Great North Big Band Festival 2020 is a cash only event.   
Russell          

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