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    worried by the time musical director Grant Windsor and I arrived at the Leeds College of Music to judge the first lot of auditions for our brand new project Build A Big Band the place was packed and buzzing with the sounds of every instrument imaginable Over the two days hundreds of people all ages and backgrounds turned up to share their musical gifts with us From the 8 year old chap who came to audition as a pianist but ended up rapping Travie McCoy s Billionaire to a wonderful lady in her later years who plays Footprints on tenor in her bedroom with Wayne Shorter most days We had eager young musicians some at the start of their professional careers and equally eager older musicians who ve been playing in bands and groups all their lives and a whole bunch of everything you can possibly imagine in between We were thrilled by the brass turnout lots of very fine trumpet and cornet players some as young as 11 many from the brass band tradition with that wonderful unique creamy sound We could have done with a few more trombones but then I think big bands the world over would say exactly the same thing and I m certainly not complaining about the quality of the few we found I expected a lot of alto sax players but was amazed at the amount of baritone players turning up to audition The baritone is the largest member of a regular big band sax section and is used to add weight and gravitas The great Harry Carney who played with Duke Ellington from the age of 16 till the Duke s death in 1974 was a great ambassador of the baritone sax as both an anchor and solo instrument Check out the

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    July 10 00 13 00 or 14 00 17 00 If you re Grade 5 and above or equivalent ie if you re a good player but haven t done grades this is a fantastic opportunity to work with other great musicians within the community playing great music with some pretty cool special guests and mentors Being a big band I m hoping to hear some of the brilliant brass playing Yorkshire is renowned for We need lots of TRUMPETS and TROMBONES We also need a load of SAXOPHONES CLARINETS and FLUTES On top of that we need a PIANIST GUITARIST BASS PLAYER PERCUSSIONIST and DRUMMER However if you are a demon on any other instrument bassoon violin Patagonian nose flute French horn and you have bags of enthusiasm and commitment we want to hear from you Maybe you already play in a big band orchestra or brass band maybe you play in a small ensemble that could bolt onto our big band maybe you re a DJ or a beatboxer The sky s the limit We will all work together under the baton of musical director Grant Windsor and a fine team of mentors to put together a concert at Leeds Town Hall on October 30th 2012 This will be broadcast by both BBC Radio Leeds and BBC Radio 2 and all proceeds go to Children in Need As this is a modern big band our repertoire will pay homage to the history of big band but more importantly reflect the music we listen to today Big bands played pop music in the 30 s and 40 s and I see no reason for them not to be playing pop music today Come to any of the 4 audition slots registration is not necessary prepare a little biog play

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    has to offer We also talked about how music brings communities together and this idea was born The challenge ahead is to create a community big band to perform a concert at Leeds Town Hall on Tuesday October 30th to be broadcast on BBC Radio Leeds and Radio 2 All proceeds will go to Children In Need As we have such a brilliant brass playing tradition in Yorkshire I am expecting a fantastic turnout of brass talent Historically big bands are made up of 4 trumpets 4 trombones including 1 bass trombone 5 saxophones comprising 2 alto 2 tenor and 1 baritone ideally all 5 will be able to double on clarinet and flute but if you only play either sax clarinet or flute you can still get involved these brass and wind sections are then ably backed by piano guitar percussion bass and drums However this is a modern big band of today so if you play an entirely different instrument well or maybe you re a budding beatboxer come along and get involved Auditions will be held at the Leeds College of Music on the Friday 27th and Saturday 28th July You will need to play a musical

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    on our way to the venue with Ms Lee blaring out of the stereo Actually Peggy Lee never blared She was the epitome of understated delivery Cool yetwarm sophisticated twinkle in the eye pure unadulterated class Norma Deloris Egstrom was born on May 26 1920 in Jamestown North Dakota her mother died when she was just four her father was an alcoholic and her stepmother mentally and physically abused her till she left home aged 16 Her big break came in 1941 Benny Goodman the King of Swing was looking to replace singer Helen Forrest his fiancé dragged him to a hotel to listen to Peggy Peggy recalled she didn t think Goodman was interested he had a strange expression on his face throughout her set and mainly sat chewing his tongue Whatever she got the job but for the first year had to sing Helen s old charts which were in the wrong key for her One day Goodman overheard her singing the Lil Green song Why Don t You Do Right you obviously like that song would you like me to have it arranged for you it sold a million copies and planted Peggy firmly in the spotlight From the very early days like Ella Peggy had toyed with lyric writing throughout her career these skills developed resulting in collaborations with the likes of Cy Coleman Harold Arlen Sonny Burke Quincy Jones and Duke Ellington producing songs such as I m Gonna Go Fishin Mañana He s A Tramp and Don t Smoke In Bed in 1958 Peggy chose a Little Wilie John hit previously released 2 years earlier she added a few verses about Romeo Juliet and Captain Smith and Pocahontas It was of course Fever Who could forget her contribution to Lady and the Tramp Well

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    part of The Lord s Taverners Tribute Dinner to the Lady Taverners The event was held at St George s Hall now restored to its full glory after fire all but destroyed it in 1992 We arrived at Henry VIII gate with our posh passes and were directed via the Round Tower to the State Apartments obviously overawed by the general splendour neither Muddy or myself were listening properly and ended up outside the Doll s House where we were promptly waved on In our defence there seemed to be a least 20 towers all of which looked pretty round to me My brilliant musical director Grant Windsor no relation was brought in to accompany me I have to say he looked tremendously smart having bought a dashing new suit and impossibly shiny shoes especially for the occasion Keyboard legend Rick Wakeman also part of the cabaret was there with his wife a lovelier couple you d struggle to meet So there we were chasing canapés and drinking champagne in the Waterloo Chamber when suddenly a spritely gentleman appeared to my right Hello he said Hell ohhhhh I replied realising mid ohhhh that I was actually talking to the Duke of Edinburgh himself He stayed to chat to us for a while but just as I was about to ask if he fancied taking part in our gig at the Harrogate Festival next Saturday he vanished just as suddenly as he d appeared At dinner I sat next to Prince Philip s equerry who has been in the job since the start of the jubilee celebrations talk about a baptism of fire He gave us a fascinating insight into his role and is obviously enjoying his new post It was a great evening and we drove home on a high

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    I m able As always our northern Festivals have booked some fantastic acts to thrill and delight you I notice that Grassington Festival have the wonderful Hugh Masekela Not to mention folk sensations the Unthanks with Brighouse and Rastrick Band Harrogate Festival described by The Times as The North of England s Leading Arts Festival have pulled out all the stops The John Wilson Orchestra is back if you love folk you ll love Bellowhead and Eliza Carthy I m back with another evening of Clare Teal and friends This year we focus on the Great American Songbook and our special guests are Matt Ford who I first met through Big Band Special we then worked together last year as guests of John Wilson at his third televised BBC Prom from The Royal Albert Hall Matt is a terrific singer think Tony Bennett Frank Sinatra we re focusing on performing some of the great duets from that magical era My second guest is saxophonist extraordinaire Ben Castle not only one of the most talented people I ve ever worked with he s also one of the funniest Ben is the son of much loved and still much missed entertainer Roy Castle The concert will include classics such as Cheek To Cheek Clap Yo Hands Secret Love If I Were A Bell When In Rome Just One of Those Things I Loves You Porgy I Feel Pretty plus a few more unusual choices Songs written by the kings and queens of the Great American Songbook Irving Berlin the Gershwins Cole Porter Frank Loesser Sammy Fain and some of the lesser known writers such as Andre Dory Previn Cy Coleman Carolyn Leigh It is with sadness that I heard young trumpeter singer and educator Abram Wilson who was due to play the

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    chairs quality from the name that cares we finished with a guitar flourish There was a pause before the owner said We do Venetian blinds too a quick rewrite and he was happy So here I am some 17 years later driving from Bath where I ve lived for 16 years to a studio in London to record a selection of new jingles for BBC Radio 2 I doubt very much they ll be George Formby inspired 17 May Learn from experience As we re trying to move house Muddy thought she d apply for a credit card in case we needed a bit more financial flexibility over the next few months We were both amazed when her application was declined and she was advised to have her credit rating checked I immediately assumed someone must have stolen her identity and was now living the life of riley in the Bahamas running up heinous debts in Muddy s good name We looked online at a number of credit checking companies and plumped for the one we d both heard of For 15 99 a month you can have full access to your credit report and history even better you can take advantage of the free 1 month trial After a couple of phone calls the pin number required to see your report on line finally turned up in the post It turned out that Muddy s credit score was more than fine it was the fact she d never applied for a credit card or store card before that caused this credit agency to stop her application to the bank Go figure Now that our minds had been put at rest Muddy attempted to cancel her contract still within the 1 month trial she d specifically rung to find out the cut off date To cancel your account please ring us by the 12th May no worries I d set a reminder so at 2 10 on Saturday Muddy rang to cancel I m sorry madam the department you require closed at 1pm but your trial doesn t actually run out till the 13th Brilliant thanks I ll ring them to cancel tomorrow Ah well unfortunately they don t open on Sunday s you ll have to call back on Monday Grrr Poor Muddy repeated the whole process on Monday and whilst she has successfully cancelled her account the company won t refund her 15 99 At this point the matter ceases to be about the money but the principle The company had actually taken the money from her account on the 11th They admitted to having listened to the original call again and admitted yes they had indeed said she could cancel by the 12th but will not admit that the fact by the 12th actually means on or before the 11th and that this is misleading to the customer I m sure you re all a lot more savvy than us but beware my friends Beware 09 May Food glorious food I think it is safe to say any notion of diet eating sensibly well and truly went out the window this weekend Friday found us at one of our favourite venues the Barnfield Theatre in Exeter The gig was sold out with a waiting list and the crowd was in the mood for fun Grant has been very busy writing new arrangements and this additional material is bedding into the latest show very nicely A great concert preceded by one of the best Indian takeaways I ve had the pleasure to know The following day we made our way up the M6 to visit mum who greeted us with a piping hot roast dinner of bird in a bird in a bird with all the trimmings By lunchtime on Sunday my brother and his family had joined us for a visit to The Nightingale in Eastburn recently taken over by the chaps who used to run the Grouse Inn up Oakworth way Award winning homemade steak and ale pie with proper shortcrust pastry none of your puff nonsense It was definitely on a par with the stunning pies served at Bar T at in likely Did the fact that according to Muddy my portion of pie alone could ve easily fed the entire population of Eastburn stop me having a pudding It did not and hot sticky toffee pudding with ice cream ensued From Eastburn we headed across the border into Clitheroe to headline the The Ribble Valley Jazz Festival now in it s 3rd year its beautifully run by people who care greatly about putting on a good show to their credit the venue was sold out with a good many people being turned away We took the band to Piccolinos a stunning Italian restaurant you ll be relieved to learn I didn t couldn t eat anything but the boys said the risotto was beyond lovely Muddy got us home in record time to enjoy a rare day off celebrating her birthday We went out for a nice pub lunch another one with the family then in the evening strolled up the hill to have a nose round the newly refurbished Hare Hounds in Bath very nice it is too as is the menu The chicken liver parfait was rocking the chunky chips out of this world and words fail to describe the deliciousness of the rosemary infused whole baked camembert Oh dear I feel a week of lettuce sandwiches coming on 01 May Crystal Tips We went to see the house we want to buy again as it pulls at our heart strings something chronic It s situated in let s say a very spiritual part of the world On our way out I noticed a white feather in a little bag hanging above the front door The estate agent told us it was to keep the house safe I must have raised my eyebrows a little but the agent then said a curious

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    mum had I was thrilled beyond thrilled to have had a go but couldn t help notice Geraldine frantically retuning it as John raised his baton for the next tune The concert and the Guinness that night before it were divine Much as I would have loved to sample more of the Guinness post performance just to check if the standard was consistent I restrained as a 4 30am alarm call is bad enough without a hangover We landed in Bristol at 7 30 to begin the next adventure one I ve been desperate to tell you about for ages 21 Aug Auditions I ll be honest I didn t get much sleep last Thursday night I dreamt of sitting alone in an empty room waiting waiting waiting all the while a huge clock ticking ever louder above my head I needn t have worried by the time musical director Grant Windsor and I arrived at the Leeds College of Music to judge the first lot of auditions for our brand new project Build A Big Band the place was packed and buzzing with the sounds of every instrument imaginable Over the two days hundreds of people all ages and backgrounds turned up to share their musical gifts with us From the 8 year old chap who came to audition as a pianist but ended up rapping Travie McCoy s Billionaire to a wonderful lady in her later years who plays Footprints on tenor in her bedroom with Wayne Shorter most days We had eager young musicians some at the start of their professional careers and equally eager older musicians who ve been playing in bands and groups all their lives and a whole bunch of everything you can possibly imagine in between We were thrilled by the brass turnout lots of very fine trumpet and cornet players some as young as 11 many from the brass band tradition with that wonderful unique creamy sound We could have done with a few more trombones but then I think big bands the world over would say exactly the same thing and I m certainly not complaining about the quality of the few we found I expected a lot of alto sax players but was amazed at the amount of baritone players turning up to audition The baritone is the largest member of a regular big band sax section and is used to add weight and gravitas The great Harry Carney who played with Duke Ellington from the age of 16 till the Duke s death in 1974 was a great ambassador of the baritone sax as both an anchor and solo instrument Check out the Duke s version of Rhapsody in Blue featuring Harry on Baritone circa 1962 I found the whole auditioning experience overwhelmingly rewarding From the outset BBC Leeds have utterly embraced the concept of this project and their help and support will ensure its success So now the difficult process of whittling down our many applicants which means by Friday my friends we will have our community big band 24 Jul Olympics As someone who led with the wrong end of the javelin on that ill fated school sports day circa 1986 I ve been pretty oblivious to the fact that the Games of the XXX Olympiad AKA London 2012 actually commence this Friday regardless of constantly being swamped with news of Olympic security this and Olympic torch that Don t get me wrong I think it s a wonderful thing and I m a great supporter of people striving to achieve their best Mum is a huge sports fan and has her new chair lined up and ready in front of the telly However if you re looking for a fresh angle on all things Olympic I implore you to listen to Radio 2 s The Ballads Of The Games Monday evenings at 10pm When controller of Radio 2 Bob Shennon asked me last week if I d heard any of the Olympic ballads I thought he must be referring to Status Quo s latest effort The Winner but no thankfully not The Ballads of The Games is a stunning six part series recalling many fascinating and incredible moments of Olympic history Sixty new songs have been written and performed by some of the best folk writers and singers in the business Chris While Julie Matthews Chris Wood Jez Lowe Boo Hewerdine Steve Tilston and Martin Simpson Whoever would have thought that sport and folk music could sit so happily together The songs are so engaging and effortlessly capture the tales of strength and character of joy sorrow disappointment and triumph There is one song so far that absolutely knocked me for six written by Julie Matthews and sung exquisitely by Chris While Nie Wieder tells the story of high jumper Gretel Bergman now 97 who was dropped from the German team because she was Jewish at the Berlin Olympics of 1936 The same games that saw Jewish American sprinters Marty Glickman and Sam Stoller dropped from the relay so as not to upset the Nazis The fact that one of their replacements was Jesse Owens an incredible athlete who won four gold medals who happened to be black who was neither congratulated by Hitler or even Roosevelt his own president makes us realise we ve hopefully come a long way in our acceptance of people Huge congrats also to Christopher Biggins sorry Bradley Wiggins the first British man ever to win the Tour De France On your bike son indeed 20 Jul More Build a Big band As the audition days for our brand new Build A Big Band adventure near I m getting excited Just to recap auditions will be held at the Leeds College of Music on Friday 27th July 14 30 17 30 or 19 00 22 00 and Saturday 28th July 10 00 13 00 or 14 00 17 00 If you re Grade 5 and above or equivalent ie if you

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