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Thursday, October 15, 2020

Big Band Bash - Oct. 14

Coastal Sound Radio's Big Band Bash programme attracts an international audience. Now in its second year, Steve Walker's weekly celebration of all things big band goes from strength to strength. Last night's edition included many familiar names and a few new ones. 

Big band leader and trumpeter Walker is certainly well-connected with frequent on-air plugs for his show from the likes of LA based Tom Garling, Gordon Goodwin and Andy Martin, John Fedchock in New York and, closer to home, Laurence Cottle. Walker wished Dusko Goykovic a happy 89th birthday and played the trumpeter's Haze on the Danube as performed with the NDR Radio Orchestra. 

David Gold's album with Dublin's Hot House Big Band included Norwegian Wood (BSH's editor reviewed Gold's Heaven on Their Minds in July 2017). Walker played it to mark what would have been John Lennon's 80th birthday (October 9). Jeff Benedict playing Sting, Laurie Johnson playing Ravel's Bolero, Jiggs Whigham in ballad mode with Berlin's Rias Big Band playing Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry, a playlist most big band fans would heartily applaud.  

Florida's Raíces Jazz Orchestra (a new name to your reviewer) made an impression with Eye of the Hurricane, Dave Holland's all-star ensemble playing Triple Dance from What Goes Around offered something a little more contemporary and a couple of new bands - Roger Fox's outfit from New Zealand and the Sydney Jazz Orchestra playing Weather Report's Teen Town - made for a good mix of material.      
Russell

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