Biggish Band

Right! It's such time again ..

The Jazz Workshop Biggish Band has been pretty quiet this year,
partly because some our repertoire had to be re-arranged to suit our new new amended line-up -- we are now a fully-fledged 17 piece BigBand with the traditional 5 saxes, 4 trombones, 4 trumpets & 4 rhythm. We have also had some other line-up changes, but it's all settling in very nicely at the moment.

One of the changes is that we're unfortunately losing one of our stalwarts and founder members, Christine Hazebrouq (2nd alto), who is going back to live in France after many years in Cape Town. When this came up we decided we'll have to play some sort of farewell gig, and on closer inspection of the calendar realised that early in June should be the band's first birthday (we had our first rehearsal with the rhythm section on the 6th and the whole band on the 13th of June last year!).

Now with all the changes we're probably not 100% gig-ready yet, but we've decided to go ahead anyway, and have a little concert this Saturday June the 1st, at Lady Milner's Jazz Club, on top of the Classic Panel Shop, 193 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock. Sir Lowry Road is what Woodstock Main Road becomes when it gets closer to town. Lady Milner's is about 0.5km before the bridge at the Good Hope Centre, on the mountain side of the road,on the first floor above the panel shop, with a big newly painted red & white balcony. The gig will start at 19h00 promptly and be over by 20h15. There is no couvert charge!

The good news is that we need to get gig-ready,as we've been talking to an established venue in Obs about a once-a-month slot, hopefully starting early in July, where we'll be providing an evening's music, hopefully from time to time featuring some of the young professionals who helped us start this band! I'll be emailing you as soon as we know more about that ..

At the moment we have 8 pieces in the repertoire, including original compositions Ledbetter's Stywepap & Bredie, Mertyn Barrow's 1,2,Free,4 (both written for the JWBB) and Mike Campbell's Snoektown (which we play a bit under the real tempo but it still cooks!), and 2 pieces by the guys in the UK, Myles Collins and Nick Coppacio at . (Our definition of 'original', by the way, is if we can shake the composer's hand, or at least email them and get a reply!) Then we have the same 2 Dollar Brand pieces we played last year, and an old swing standard I arranged. In the pipeline is another of Mertyn's compositions written especially for us, this time a ballad, a John Davies (the fantastic trombone player from Johannesburg) arrangement of the Hank Mobley tune Funk in the Deep Freeze as well as one of John's original pieces, and definitely some more African standards -- they're just such fun to play. At the moment we're also waiting for some more Cape Town composers to make good on their promises to write for us -- there's at least 5 guys who have said they're actually busy wih something -- and a couple of band members have also pitched with some tunes in hand, which we're working on getting Big Band friendly!

So, see you Saturday at Lady Milner's from 7 till 8!

The JWBB is:

Saxes: John Ntshibilikwana, Christine Hazebroucq, John Thorne, Graham Thorne, Nick Green
Trumpets: Charlie Heyes, Lee Thomson, Stephen Draper, Dumani Katywa
Trombones: Oliver Taylor, Andrew O'Donoghue, Shelley Williams, Clair Sparrius
Rhythm (gt, pno, bs, dms): Rick Beckman, Ralston van der Schyff, Sidney McKinnon, Wayne Katz

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