Just over a week before our Sir Duke: Tribute to Ellington show at Brighton Unitarian Church (Friday, 5 May, 8 pm). Ticket sales from the Fringe Box Office are terrific, so please tell your friends to hurry before we sell out!
Alan Barnes rehearsing with SNC
Our esteemed guest, saxophonist Alan Barnes joined us at last night’s rehearsal. A true thrill to play with Alan and I know we’re going to have the best of nights next Friday.
I had some video, but I’ve discovered I can’t post that. Here’s a couple of photos from my phone as Plan B.
In case you’re unfamiliar with Alan, he’s prolific, whether as an international performer, composer, arranger, bandleader or touring soloist. Alan’s received over 25 British Jazz Awards and has twice been made BBC Jazz Musician of the Year. His formidable virtuosity on clarinet, alto and baritone saxes, combines with musical expression and collaborative spirit that have few peers. So, you can understand why we’re so excited that Alan will join us next Friday! You need to be there!
Alan Barnes wows our saxes
Alan has this to tell us about “Sir Duke”:
Duke Ellington is one of the most important figures in twentieth-century music. In a career that spanned virtually the whole history of jazz, in venues from the Cotton Club to Carnegie Hall, he demonstrated beyond dispute that jazz could scale any intellectual height attained in the concert hall while preserving its dynamic connection with popular culture and audiences, uniting the two with a subtlety and emotion appeal that has few rivals anywhere.
His relentless schedule of touring and composing, his back catalogue (much of it produced in a uniquely productive partnership with Billy Strayhorn) and his unique personal charisma left a legacy that touches every part of jazz and much that lies beyond.
Titles on next week’s programme include:
- Sentimental Johnny
- In A Sentimental Mood
- Take The A Train
- In A Mellow Tone
- C Jam Blues
- Jeeps Blues
- Sir Duke
- Harlem Arishaft
Here’s an image from last night’s Straight No Chaser rehearsal for this Sunday’s return to Buddy Rich concert — organised and featuring our very own Noel Joyce!
Noel Joyce doing his “Buddy Rich” thing
You may remember our last performance of the music from Buddy Rich’s band — but do you know that was back in February 2015. Wow! How time flys.
Well, we can’t keep great music just to ourselves, so this Sunday we again become the Buddy Rich Band for you at The Brunswick, Hove — kicking off with a cymbal crash or two at 7:30 pm.
Got your tickets yet for our Brighton Fringe gigs? Please don’t miss our tribute to Duke Ellington with the great Alan Barnes (Friday, 5 May) or our Lindy Hop dance afternoon in the Spiegel Tent (Saturday, 20 May). Tickets are selling! (Click on the dates to get yours)
Noel Joyce at The Brunswick
Tonight is our first rehearsal since our summer break. What have we been doing during the break? Well, I suspect many — like me — have been doing things outdoors. But we had a busy last month before our summer break.
We were around London on Sunday, 29 June at The Gunnersbury Tavern in Chiswick. The Gunnersbury has a good reputation as a music venue and we hope to be back in a few months (a cooler day!) to check out their new decor!
The very next weekend, we proudly played at The Love Supreme Jazz Festival at Glynde, near Lewes. If you’ve not yet been to The Love Supreme festival, you’re missing out on one of the hottest outdoor music festivals in our area. Look out for when tickets go on sale for next year, when we hope to again be invited to play.
Finally, we held our home gig at The Hassocks Hotel on Sunday, 20 July (nice to see your friendly faces there), which brings me nicely to our coming “season opener” at The Hassocks on Sunday, 28 September. We look forward to seeing you there!
November 10 2013
Straight No Chaser met for an extra rehearsal of Simon D’souza’s tracks for his forthcoming album Navigation. We rehearsed at The Hassocks Hotel which has been so supportive to the band.
SNC take a break November 10 2013
Straight No Chaser in rehearsal
Well after several months of absence Straight No Chaser is rehearsing again, and sounds even better than ever. Lots of problems in the last year: First of all losing our regular rehearsal venue at the Jack and Jill. This had been a wonderful home to the band since around 2001 when we first discovered this great pub with possibly the worst function room in the world. The beers were really great, in fact good enough to make up for the dark room where we had to bring our own light blubs in order to see the music. Not to mention the frosty winter rehearsals with our breath forming clouds in front of us. One year we were delighted when we saw they had put in the luxury of 2 electric heaters into the room. Only to see that for some quite unexplainable reason they had fitter them at ceiling height. The did a great job of creating 12 inches of nice warm air just below the ceiling.
However we lost our regular slot at the pub, and were really stuck to find a replacement venue. Hurstpierpoint college very generously let us use their music hall for a while, but soon again we were without a venue. The solution was just under our noses, a great pub only a couple of miles away from the Jack and Jill came to our rescue. A huge function room that fits the band in easily, and nice beers on tap. We couldn’t ask for more!
The Hassocks pub is right next door to Hassocks station. (Adddress: Station Approach East, Hassocks, West Sussex, BN6 8HN) and you should find the band rehearsing in there a couple of times a month on monday nights from now on. Public are more than welcome to sit in and have a listen. Check our google calendar for more details, but do check for updates near the date. I hope to see some friendly faces there soon. (Better than grumpy musicians)
Pic from rehearsing in the old days at the Jack and Jill are here
(edit..oops had the wrong link before, lots more pics here now)