Every so often, stars align and musical sparks fly. Last night’s gig with Mark Bassey felt to me like one of those fabulous nights. Mark was terrific, of course – thanks Mark – but I truly enjoyed witnessing the enthusiasm and support from such a lovely audience.
Our view of you!
Great to see dancers and we’re looking forward to our Brighton Fringe gig together in the Spiegel Tent on Saturday, 20 May.
Thanks also to our deps: Titch Walker and Kris Jones on trumpet and Andy Pickett on baritone sax. Quality! Also, thanks again to Neil Garrett for these beautiful images.
Straight No Chaser
Roll up! Roll up! Book your tickets without delay to hear jazz trumpet ace Steve Waterman again join Straight No Chaser in an extra special concert on the opening night of Brighton Festival on Friday, 6 May (that’s next week!).
We’re playing at the Brighton Unitarian Church (same road as the Theatre Royal) starting at 8 pm. The theme is rather appropriately “Kings of the Jazz Trumpet” and includes music written/arranged by Steve himself in tribute to the trumpet greats through the ages. Limited tickets are still available from the Brighton Festival Box Office.
We are delighted that Steve is joining us. Hopefully, you joined us last year for Fun Time, our homage to Count Basie with our special guests Mark Bassey and his quintet. Trombonist Mark Bassey again joined us earlier this year on 21 February at The Hassocks (without his quintet) for a thoroughly entertaining Sunday evening showcasing a selection of his other compositions/arrangements, generously featuring some of our own jazz solists as well as Mark’s masterfully weaved improvisations. Thanks Mark!
Did you hear us pay homage to Thad Jones on Sunday, 3 April at The Brunswick, Hove? What a terrific concert that was! I’m sure any member of the band freely admitted that the music was challenging to play in places, but we were all delighted with the result. A huge thank you to our trumpeter Martijn Van Galen who loaned us the charts and rehearsed and directed us through them. I am sure we will be playing through these again soon!
Martijn Van Galen
One last plug, we will be joining with our friends at “Sunday in the Park with Jazz” on 5 June (from 1 pm onwards) at the Brighton Open Air Theatre (B.O.A.T.), Dyke Road (just up from BHASVIC). Lots planned for this event, so let’s hope for good weather and we hope to see you there!
Straight No Chaser are playing at the Abergavenny Arms in Rodmell tomorrow evening (start at 8 pm). Great to be back at the Abergavenny Arms again – June was our last visit – and a few of us will be arriving early for a nice meal before playing.
Importantly, we’ll be collecting for the charities our fabulous friend Simon D’souza wanted to support. These include The Brain Tumor Charity, a cause for which you may have heard in the news could do with a boost! We will be playing lots of swing favorites and joined by both Gary Wright and Susanna Alce on vocals. See you tomorrow.
A quick round-up of our recent back-to-back gigs at The Bruswick:
- Great to see so many of you for our New Year gig on 3 January, when we played Simon’s Navigation Suite – as popular with us to play as this is for you. Thanks again to Abi Flynn for joining us for some vocal numbers.
- On 29 November, you would have noticed that Susanna Alce sang with us (and not Abi, as advertised). Many thanks to Susanna for stepping in and again performing so well on vocals after Abi unfortunately (but understandably) needed to step down.
I’ve been asked when we will next be playing at The Hassocks Hotel. This will be Sunday, 21 February (in just 2 weeks) and we’ll be joined by our very special guest soloist Mark Bassey on trombone.
Great news! Following a terrific joint performance at the start of this month, trumpet star Steve Waterman has agreed to join us again at our Brighton Festival Fringe concert on Friday, 6 May. Be sure to put this one in your diaries! Remember this year’s Fringe concert?
Our next performance is coming up this weekend! We’re playing at The Brunswick in Hove. This time, we’re delighted to be joined by the sensational singer Abi Flynn. Free entry and plenty of free parking on the seafront at this time of year.
Doors open at The Brunswick at 7:00 pm for our 7:30 pm start. We’re playing plenty of your favourite tunes… and we’ll pass the hat around for the usual “rating” of how we play!
We’ll also be back playing at The Brunswick first thing in the new year. We’ll be revisiting the Navigation suite on Sunday, 3 January 2016.
See you soon!
Steve Waterman with Straight No Chaser Big Band, 1 November 2015
Tonight we’re joined by singers Richard Ratcliffe, Abi Flynn and Dave Williams in our celebration of big band vocal music mixed with some of our favourite band numbers. This all kicks off at 7:30 tonight at our usual residency at The Hassocks Hotel, conveniently located across from Hassocks train station. We hope to see you there.
The Vocal Night has become a popular feature of our playing, both with you and the band. We certainly enjoy collaborating with local singers, each of whom bring their own special jazz style to our collective performance. Our most recent Vocal Nights at The Hassocks also included the talents of Sussanna Alce, Jo Kimber, Jeremy Lassen, Jacqui Sampson, and Kim Streader. Great performances and all live!
Go to hear this professsional band today at The Hawth, Crawley if you can, though I think this may be a sellout. Trombonist Gordon Campbell will pay tribute to Tommy Dorsey and he also has the excellent singer Matthew Ford (you’ll recognize him from The John Wilson Orchestra).
If you go, please remind your friends that the #StraightNoChaserBigBand will be at The Hassocks Hotel (12 April) and The Brunswick (29 April) this coming month! Enjoy the music.
We probably won’t get to hear Gordon Campbell ourselves — we had a private event today that has unfortunately been postponed (more about this later).
SNC present The Atomic Mr Basie
Everybody loves Basie, right? Well — at your request — we at The Straight No Chaser Big Band have the pleasure of honouring this great band with our recreation of the great Basie albums “The Atomic Mr Basie”
We’ve sourced all the charts (some on loan — thanks!) and have begun rehearsing in preparation for the gig on Thursday, 20 November at The Brunswick in Hove.
This energetic album will form the nucleus of music (bad pun intended), but we’ll also throw in many of your other jazz favourites. Many thanks to those of you we saw at our “season opener” at The Hassocks Hotel with Jacqui Sampson giving another electric vocal performance. We hope to see you all soon.