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    any shoulder of pork but the meat man said pork loin would be fine Not according to Mr Oliver it s not Thankfully Muddy called at the local butchers on the way home and picked up a hefty beautiful shoulder of pork for under a tenner Lucky for us friends Alison and Simon were on hand to help not only are they great cooks but had only just the other week cooked pulled pork in the slow cooker Being a trivet fan I wanted to use the roasting pan with lid in a low oven method although initially I did as Mr Oliver said and whacked it up as high as it would go After rubbing the meat with a mix of salt pepper and paprika Simon suggests pouring a bit of water in the bottom we all agree that the water should actually be cider In it goes I now turn the oven right down and wait After 4 hours or so it was ready to be pulled When Simon suggested putting all the shredded meat back into the fatty juices I didn t need any persuading Into this joyous mass we added finely chopped garlic and honey and heated it on the hob for a while on low Eaten with potato salad in a flour wrap Oh my giddy goodness I can see exactly what the fuss is all about There was enough for about 10 hungry people Excellent value and great flavours So onto the next project Having finally caught up with pie week on Great British Bake Off I m hankering to make one of those three tiered meat pie extravaganzas all with hot water pastry Mind you it would take me a least a day to make each layer I don t know how the

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    to jump in the pond One much needed bath later a beautifully coiffured and rather fragrant Alan joined us on Sunday for our annual gig at The International Marlborough Jazz Festival this year with our mini big band or brassy octet Marlborough is definitely one of this country s best jazz festivals As I write Muddy and I are driving over the Severn Bridge for a concert tonight with The Capital Big Band at St David s Hall in Cardiff as part of the Welsh Proms and I m hoping they sell Joe s ice cream at the interval 16 Jul Exciting times It was one of those days you end up pinching yourself on a regular basis Sir Tim Rice had emailed a few weeks earlier to ask if I d sing one of his favourite lesser know songs at a concerty thing as is his style he totally under hyped the whole shebang A stellar cast the BBC Concert Orchestra and me were assembled to perform a tribute to Tim and his extensive catalogue at The Royal Festival Hall filmed by the BBC to be shown at a later date By the time I arrived for soundcheck another tune had been requested so in addition to Never Again a song from an opera Tim wrote with Alan Menken called King David for which Grant Windsor had written a stunning new arrangement I was also thrilled beyond thrilled to be performing Tim s Bond song All Time High written with John Barry for Octopussy It s a big old tune both very low and very high with long sustained notes requiring the lungs of an Olympic swimmer If that wasn t exciting enough I was accompanied not only by the BBC Concert Orchestra but also Grammy winning film composer and guitarist David Arnold who has scored 5 bond films Independence Day Godzilla oh and Little Britain and Sherlock After the rehearsal I dashed over to Radio 3 to do a live session and interview on In Tune before whizzing back to the South Bank for hair and makeup alongside Roger Daltrey Tim Minchin Rob Brydon and Alexander Armstrong Muddy and I shared a lift with sir Andrew Lloyd Webber a surprise guest playing piano for Mr Brydon Other performers included Rick Wakeman Rufus Wainwright Gemma Arterton Laura Mvula Tom Chaplin Seth Lakeman Julian Ovenden Frances Rufelle Cynthia Erivo James Fox and Siobhan Harrison It was then on up to Wigan for the International Jazz Festival A key event in this country s big band calendar This year Jools Holland kicked off proceedings there were also great performances from youth bands WYJO and MYJO trumpeter Jon Faddis and closing with The Super C Band s tribute to lergendary trumpeter Derek Watkins Our Doris Day show performed on the Friday evening Despite getting soaked inadvertently walking into a shower block powered by sensors and splitting my lip bashing the mic into my face whilst encouraging the audience to sing along to Que Sera Sera a great night was had by all 29 Jun Battle of the Bands This week you find me putting the finishing touches to the set list for our prom I still can t quite believe it s happening but on August 8th at 10 15pm 32 of the finest musicians in this country will file onto the stage of the Royal Albert Hall and commence a battle of the bands Duke Ellington v Count Basie Duke Grant Windsor will lead the Ellington side and Count James Pearson will head up the Basie team Back in the day when swing was pop celebrated bands would go head to head the winner being the band most popular with the dancers lest we forget the big band era was ALL about the dancing The original Battle of the bands generally took place at The Savoy Ballroom in Harlem and that s where you would find the hippest lindy hoppers in town a fantastic establishment that prided itself on its non discrimination policy rich poor black white as long as you had the entrance fee anybody could get in to enjoy the incredible music pumping out of that building Chick Webb held the residency from 1931 till his untimely death in 1939 aged just 34 all bands feared drummer Chick s relentless grooves which sent the dancers wild We are aiming to re create come of that frenzy and excitement This particular battle to the best of my knowledge never actually took place which allows me to totally indulge my musical fantasies Duke Ellington had impeccable taste and was a master of composition he invented and reinvented the genre countless times over Count Basie was a man of unbeatable riffs and groove so by using the music of these two big band god s I m hoping we can cover a lot of territory The concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radios 2 3 It is also being filmed so you can see the entire shebang on BBC 4 Sunday August 17th In addition to presenting the show I ll be singing too along with some very special guests who I ll tell you about in the forthcoming weeks The musicians are booked the arrangements are being sourced or re written The concert will end with a specially written Battle Royal featuring both bands at that point if it hasn t already that big old domed roof is going to be raised Of course the bit that s keeping me awake at nights WHAT AM I GOING TO WEAR 18 Jun Ireland and airlines We need little in the way of excuses to go to Dublin especially if the brilliant RTE Concert Orchestra are involved I was to take part in the 10th Mooney Tunes a concert of favourite songs and orchestral numbers selected by listeners of Derek Mooney s Radio Show other guests included legendary Irish folk musician Finbar Furey Jerry Fish and The Celtic Tenors Saturday afforded a

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    sweet potato carrot red pepper beetroot apples and orange then a meal of only fruit and vegetables pretty much what we ve been drinking all day but in chunky form Muddy reckons she spent about 80 on ingredients which admittedly is a lot of dosh roughly 13 33 each per day but then I think of what I ve consumed and quaffed over Christmas the weight gain incurred etc I d love to feel fitter and have more energy so we ll give it a go I ll tell you how we got on next week In the meantime I ve kale and clementines to pulverise 11 Dec Farewell to Grant This was our 4th visit to Brighton but whereas usually we drive there park at the venue eat sing and drive home this trip was purely social We were attending a one year old s birthday party the yearling in question is actually an independent supermarket called hiSbe The brain child of sisters Ruth and Amy Anslow hiSbe stands for How it SHOULD be They sell a large range of fresh food and groceries all the stuff you need for a weekly shop but wherever possible the goods come from local suppliers and all concerned want to produce healthy sustainable products and at a price that everyone can afford Before you all rush out the door there s only one branch at the moment and that s in Brighton but the Anslows of hiSbe have big ideas so remember the name Muddy is in serious cleaning and decoration mode anything standing still is either polished or sprayed silver or sometimes both Alan the dog and I are making an effort to keep moving This week we start our annual Christmas tour The Festive Fiesta First stop of the sleigh London then Exeter Maidstone Birmingham Bristol then we head north for the remaining two shows A few weeks ago we threw down the gauntlet to the talented folk of Yorkshire and surrounding areas to apply to take part in our Massive Festive Fiesta at The Royal Hall in Harrogate on Thursday 18th December after many hours of difficult decision making we are ready to announce the first two successful acts exciting saxophonist Emma Johnson and accordionist extraordinaire Thomas Hardaker This will be a real feel good fest one which we re hoping to make an annual event in Harrogate Musical director Grant is leaving us after the tour to move back to Australia and we want to give him the best send off possible so the Christmas dates have added good cheer Our last concert of the year takes place in the Settle s beautiful Victoria Hall pianist Grant Windsor and I played there on Valentines Day and had a brilliant evening it s a hidden gem just a few hundred seats with a wonderful atmosphere Originally the December show was to be another duo performance but as it s Grant s final concert the whole band will be squeezed onto the stage There s a Jing Jing a Ling in the air This will be a tour to remember 06 Dec We re Stuffed Take That turned on the Christmas Lights in London on Sunday November 16th and declared it The official start to the party season Is it me Why don t they just bring Christmas forward to September then we could get Easter out of the way in December If I ate and drank like I do between 24th Dec 1st January from mid November I would be in a very sorry state but since Summer it seems the supermarket s have been out in force trying to tempt us by whatever means they think fair Tempting offers on sweet tins the size of space hoppers not to mention discount booze A gallon of Baileys for 12 I have to admit I am rather partial to the old Irish cream having mocked it for years I was finding it worryingly moreish that is until I worked out that my little glassful was equivalent to nearly 300 calories If I had a daily dose of that from November 16th till New Year s Day that would add an extra 13 800 calories to my waist 4 Quality Street sweets per day 7 222 The average mince pie contains 289 calories Over the new 46 day festive marathon this equates to 13 294 Some of these luxury buttery biscuits contain nearly 100 calories each and I can never have just one so throw in a couple of them a day and that s 9 200 calories A handful of nuts 243 calories multiply that by 46 equals 11 178 I read that on average we consume 7 000 calories each on Christmas Day alone that s 3 1 2 times the recommended intake for women A full turkey dinner with trimmings is equivalent to 1450 calories add another 1174 cals for pudding custard and brandy butter It s bonkers when you see it written down not to mention obscene when there are so many people in the world without enough food to survive but the truth is many of us over indulge but whereas in years gone by when Christmas lasted at most a week I knew I d put on a few extra pounds but also knew it wouldn t take long to get rid of it again if Christmas party season is now over 6 weeks long We could be looking at a couple of extra stone I know I m exaggerating but if we don t maintain our self control at the checkout We re going to be stuffed literally 05 Nov Very Special Guests The Hallé Orchestra were in fine form for our tribute to Ella Fitzgerald on Saturday night in Manchester s Bridgewater Hall all 90 of them On the drive back to Glastonbury I read This is My Song a biography of Petula Clark written by Andrea Kon in the early 80 s

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    the format ie sit on comfy red sofa with other guests and chat about up coming and recent prom events Amy also voiced some of the questions that might come up the first of which was What are your thoughts on Sibelius 5th symphony I have no great knowledge of classical music I usually enjoy the bits I come across but I don t go and search it out The lovely proms team made it clear I was not expected to know tons about the various pieces we would be discussing but were more interested in my reactions to them Hey Ho off we go then First up Jean Sibelius and his 5th symphony Whilst waiting for the actual concert footage to arrive I find a CD version put my headphones on and immediately I see mountains and a lake This often happens when I listen to orchestral music not always mountains but a landscape of some kind The first movement is made up of little motifs that pop up again and again in various forms which is not at all dissimilar to the way big band arrangements are constructed I love his ideas and the textures and colours and the more I read about this fella I feel he would have been welcomed into the jazz fraternity with open arms By the time I reach the 3rd movement Sibelius is my new best mate where has he been all my life Next up two selections from Prom 42 Lest We Forget a concert marking the centenary of the outbreak of World War 1 George Butterworth s Six Songs from A Shropshire Lad sung to perfection by Baritone Roderick Williams and Vaughan William s Pastoral Symphony featuring an incredibly moving wordless vocal by tenor Allan Clayton both accompanied by the

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    The queue for the ticket office was almost as long as the train I was about to miss then as if by magic the sun damaged ticket machine in the car park became available and even though the screen is virtually impossible to read resulting in me almost buying a ticket to Paddock Wood wherever that is miraculously it spat out my London Paddington return and I jumped gazelle like onto the train I was on my way to meet dance guru and big band lover Len Goodman and film crew at the Jazz Club Soho to talk about big bands and to demonstrate different types of swing music with my trusty trio led by pianist Grant Windsor Please don t ask me what makes swing swing I muttered to myself as I sat down to chat to his Lenship So Clare what makes swing swing Doh It s the most impossible question to answer I was relieved to hear that all his other guests had also struggled to sum up the un sum able up able It s like an artisan baked loaf most of the story is just flour and water but it s the master bakers touch and the quality of ingredients and the oven it s cooked in at just the right temperature for just the right amount of time that make it special and distinct to that particular baker I don t want to know what makes it special I just want to eat the bread Never mind what makes swing swing what makes rain rain like it did last week Hail stones the size of small mammals water coming through the sitting room ceiling Mud had to rescue Tolly the tortoise from the front step as 3 inches of water accumulated in the back

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    The band had been sat on a bus battling their way through the weekend traffic but were eager and breezy as they assessed the music for the first time I was blown away by their competence it was great also to see some familiar MYJO Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra players making up the throngs NYJO has been led for the last three years by trumpet master Mark Armstrong who took over the baton from big band stalwart and NYJO founder Bill Ashton and what a marvellous job he s doing I know I say this a lot but if you haven t ever heard a big band in action I urge you to remedy this at your earliest convenience There are some incredible bands on your doorstep some playing old school swing others forging ahead in new directions and many entertaining folks with a combination of all styles and genres It s such an exciting vibrant sound which has to be heard to be believed It s important that we support all our big bands but the youth bands in particular need an audience to learn their craft and develop their gigging chops not only will you hear some kicking tunes but you also get to spot the stars of the future After chasing or rather being chased home through the wee hours by some if the most incredible thunder and lightning storms we ve ever seen Saturday is spent watching our hero dog proof the garden whilst Alan the dog in question not content with watching his brother bang stakes in the ground in the pouring rain decides to jump in the pond One much needed bath later a beautifully coiffured and rather fragrant Alan joined us on Sunday for our annual gig at The International Marlborough Jazz Festival

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    thing as is his style he totally under hyped the whole shebang A stellar cast the BBC Concert Orchestra and me were assembled to perform a tribute to Tim and his extensive catalogue at The Royal Festival Hall filmed by the BBC to be shown at a later date By the time I arrived for soundcheck another tune had been requested so in addition to Never Again a song from an opera Tim wrote with Alan Menken called King David for which Grant Windsor had written a stunning new arrangement I was also thrilled beyond thrilled to be performing Tim s Bond song All Time High written with John Barry for Octopussy It s a big old tune both very low and very high with long sustained notes requiring the lungs of an Olympic swimmer If that wasn t exciting enough I was accompanied not only by the BBC Concert Orchestra but also Grammy winning film composer and guitarist David Arnold who has scored 5 bond films Independence Day Godzilla oh and Little Britain and Sherlock After the rehearsal I dashed over to Radio 3 to do a live session and interview on In Tune before whizzing back to the South Bank for hair and makeup alongside Roger Daltrey Tim Minchin Rob Brydon and Alexander Armstrong Muddy and I shared a lift with sir Andrew Lloyd Webber a surprise guest playing piano for Mr Brydon Other performers included Rick Wakeman Rufus Wainwright Gemma Arterton Laura Mvula Tom Chaplin Seth Lakeman Julian Ovenden Frances Rufelle Cynthia Erivo James Fox and Siobhan Harrison It was then on up to Wigan for the International Jazz Festival A key event in this country s big band calendar This year Jools Holland kicked off proceedings there were also great performances from youth bands WYJO and

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    numbers selected by listeners of Derek Mooney s Radio Show other guests included legendary Irish folk musician Finbar Furey Jerry Fish and The Celtic Tenors Saturday afforded a bit of shopping up Grafton Street and a lovely leisurely Guiness y lunch Muddy not being a fan of the Liffey water had a Bellini instead It was at this point that the long work days of the week caught up with us and we decided rather than fall asleep at the table we should head for the airport Thank flip we did Terminal 2 was in a state of chaos with an endless queue of irritable people snaking as far as the eye could see wanting to check in their bags It had been relatively quiet on the way out seemingly not many people choose to fly on Friday 13th Having already paid a small fortune to facilitate the checking in of an additional bag and yet another fee to ensure we were actually going to be able to sit together I was surprised when leaving Bristol to discover that I was overweight suitcase wise although I opened our half empty case and took out anything weighing more than a pair of trolleys and transferred said item to our small carry on case by the time the stewardess was satisfied the suitcase was virtually empty Where s Geoff Capes when you need him I muttered staggering away with our un weighed hand luggage I hasten to add this was not a budget airline yet we queued far longer than our actual flight time to drop off our ridiculously empty suitcase Infuriatingly only three of the available twelve desks were open hence the epic long queue when we finally got to the front and asked why they were so short staffed the

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