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    but no it s just a long old way from Glastonbury At midnight we drove past Gormley s Angel of the North she he looks quite spooky at night looming large from the eerie mist The Sage Gateshead is a beautiful building and on Thursday night the capacity crowd was in good form looking forward to an evening with Sir Tim Rice The Northern Symphonia a whole array of singers from the jazz world and the West End plus some of the finest choirs I ve had the pleasure of listening to All of us performing some of the many and splendid songs he has written Everyone involved gave their services for free and all money raised was donated to The Maggie Keswick Jencks Cancer Caring Trust or Maggie s for short We had intended to spend the next day in Newcastle but The Rugby World Cup soon put a stop to that and instead we headed south to Barnard Castle to catch up with friends in a most curious establishment called The Jersey Farm Too much of a good time was had by all concerned Fear not by the time we parked back stage at Burnley Mechanics the cobwebs had dispersed It s been a few years since our last visit I was suitably surprised to discover they now have a gin bar even better they hold educational gin tasting sessions Unfortunately we didn t have time to experience the new gins on the block and instead post show headed to Milton Keynes for a few hours kip before heading to London s famous Maida Vale studios for a delightful afternoon with Curtis Stigers Graham Bickley The BBC Concert Orchestra and The BBC Big Band celebrating the fantastic arrangements of Nelson Riddle Every song s a winner Nelson wrote

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    t be choosers Over the weekend poor Muddy had driven for hours and hours through miles and miles of road works which is often the case and was really looking forward to her skinny burger and chips yes you did read that right sadly this wasn t to be I had stupidly forgotten that as she hasn t eaten red meat for a year now she d be expecting a chicken burger doh She was very gracious about it and followed up her chips with a couple of producer Cali s chocolate biscuits 03 Sep The wonders of modern technology The wonders of modern technology are such that artists can now record literally wherever takes their fancy For example last week I enjoyed a cracking recording session in the comfort of my own home or study to be precise A Swedish punk by the name of Sulo is making a country album and recently got in touch to see if I fancied working with him I like the idea of unlikely duets and if you put punk and jazz together you hardly ever get country so I was up for giving it a go I m in awe of anyone who can speak more than one language especially if they can make and understand jokes in said other tongue Sulo has spent time in the UK and has an surprisingly detailed knowledge of Cleethorpes and Grimsby we had a natter over a cup of coffee whilst producer Kevin set up the in the office this took all of 5 minutes The set up was literally a great microphone a laptop and a stand with a reflection filter this is basically a semi circular wraparound wall of rubbery material which when placed behind the microphone stops the noise you re making from bouncing off hardwood floors walls etc It s like a portable vocal booth but only a foot high Ten minutes later we d finished and over another pot of coffee we spent the next few hours talking about our favourite singers and records Sulo is a massive Van Morrison and Sam Cooke fan he rightly said without Sam Cooke modern popular music would not have happened I had to add without Louis Armstrong Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald neither would Sam Cooke My second recording session of the week was equally enjoyable a return to Studio 2 Abbey Road to guest with The London Gay Big Band who are making an album We all know the Beatles attachment to Abbey Road but before that Edward Elgar Yehudi Menuhin Paul Robeson Adelaide Hall Fats Waller and Glenn Miller all recorded there Even better Alan the dog was warmly welcomed and allowed to hang out in the control room keeping an eye on things It was a beautifully organic operation in that both the vocals and the music went down at the same time in the same room this rarely happens these days due to budget and space but when it does it feels great 28 Aug If you have to ask you ain t got it As part of the build up to our Story of Swing Prom at The Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday August 11 th Trumpeter composer Guy Barker and myself are inviting jazz musicians and singers between the age of 16 25 to take part in a pop up big band workshop this Saturday at the Elgar Room in The Royal Albert Hall We re looking for people who play trumpet alto saxophone tenor saxophone baritone saxophone and trombones including bass trombones plus aspiring swing jazz vocalists Players and singers must have reached grade 7 or equivalent All those involved will have the opportunity to work with some of the best jazz musicians in the country More details can be found on the BBC Proms website Eleven days after the workshop its our turn to take centre stage at The Royal Albert Hall Every time someone mentions the 11 th August my tummy jumps I can t believe it we re less than two weeks away The months of preparation are coming to an end for our big concert which will again see two roaring big bands battle against each other one led by Guy Barker the other by Winston Rollins plus a host of special guests celebrating the birth of the Swing Era Actually unlike last year s Battle of the Bands Basie vs Ellington our 2015 bands won t be going head to head yeah right No this year is a celebration of everything swing and there s a lot to celebrate Within a couple of days of tickets going on sale Prom 35 Story of Swing sold out Proving that there is a healthy appetite for this joyous art form It s been a sheer delight putting this epic show together choosing the material putting the bands together to showcase the breadth of jazz and big band talent in the UK today liaising with MD Guy Barker researching the history writing the script sorting the running order And though it s impossible to include every amazing aspect of the Swing Era in just 90 minutes we ve done our best to cram in as much as is earthly possible For a genre of music that topped the charts as the people s music for over a decade it s tricky to define When asked What is Swing Thomas Fats Waller summed it up beautifully If you have to ask you ain t got it Watch it on BBC Four Friday 28 th August 19 Aug I ve now just about regained my speaking and thinking faculties Seven days after the event I ve now just about regained my speaking and thinking faculties after our epic Story of Swing Prom took place at The Royal Albert Hall last week Thank you for all your lovely messages heartfelt thanks also to MD Guy Barker Bandleader Winston Rollins and all our musicians and singers For this

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    Sunday I clicked on the Floral Pavilion website and noticed the word Wirral how odd I thought there must be a Wirral near Brighton The post code was CH45 how odd I thought Brighton was BN1 I put the postcode into the magic machine and it was at that moment I learned New Brighton is indeed on the Wirral in Merseyside approximately 283 2 miles away from let s call it Old Brighton I have since discovered that New Brighton has the UK s longest promenade nearly 2 ¼ miles In olden days the area gained a colourful reputation for smuggling rumer has it the tunnels and secret cellars used still exist James Atherton a local merchant bought up the area in 1830 aiming to develop Rock Point as it was then called as a desirable residential and watering place for the gentry similar to that jewel of Regency seaside resorts elegant Brighton and so it became New Brighton From the 1850 s on New Brighton thrived as a busy and popular holiday destination A Pier was built followed by The New Brighton Tower completed circa 1899 just a few years after it s Blackpool counterpart was open for business The New Brighton Tower was the tallest in the country complete with ballroom sadly the owners couldn t keep up to the maintenance and the tower was dismantled and sold for scrap by 1921 The ballroom was still very much in use A much loved venue The Beatles Little Richard The Rolling Stones and Gerry and the Pacemakers all played there Sadly a fire destroyed the ballroom on 5 th April 1969 So should you ever find yourself in a similar Old New Brighton situation now you know Incidentally The Floral Pavilion is a terrific venue with marvellous staff We

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    email Craig immediately sent so had no idea what he was congratulating me on However after I downloaded an app to open the attached letter I was gobsmacked I accepted at once in case they changed their minds My head measurements were required suddenly bigger now I was also asked to deliver a speech to inspire the graduating students from the School of Performing Arts so no pressure then Muddy and I were warmly welcomed by the various faculty members including Sarah Browne the new head of music Sarah was the one of the people who had nominated me and it turned out we d studied music at Wolves at roughly the same time I was thrilled to learn that the University is now a Steinway School has 2 state of the art recording studios and five ensemble rooms each with full PA and an array of instruments and it s own theatre all encased in the newly completed Performance Hub Walking in procession all robed up along with the genuinely clever people through the streets of Wolverhampton to the Grand Theatre was a wonderful experience The Vice Chancellor presented me with my honorary doctorate of music for services to live performance and broadcasting and put a floppy black velvet hat on my head complete with jaunty gold tassel I then had to deliver said speech I concentrated on the difficult bit between graduating and actually doing the job you want to do I floundered about for quite before retiring from the stage at 22 and falling into a graduate scheme called telesales I met Muddy in my mid 20 s and we began our adventure into the unknown murky world that is the music industry Actually I learned a truckload of skills selling advertising on the phone that came

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    probably too long but on 2 occasions now the train has arrived before I ve had chance to buy my ticket this is because there s always a long line of people trying to use the machine with the sun faded screen which makes everything very difficult to read buying a ticket on the train is more expensive for some reason So here I am approaching the big blue but something s not right where are all the people queueing to print off their tickets often months ahead of their actual journey Is that a smirk I see coming from the screen no it s a bit of paper saying out of service The office is closed and there s nowhere to get coffee so I twiddle my thumbs for half an hour listening to other people s conversations The platform is awash with an abundance of affluent twenty something s they ve all been to the same wedding ya As the train pulls in there s a stampede for first class leaving a single seat for me in coach D but no a rogue group have split off from the wedding party and are heading this way I don t really mind the increasingly noisy babble wafting over the carriage I m pleased they ve all had a marvellous weekend with Quentin and Jocasta I am however finding the chap across the way a bit irritating He s reading aloud to his wife from his enormous important paper No matter I have some stuff to do mainly listening to music for the radio show out come the noise cancelling headphones for Duke Ellington s seminal work The Tattooed Bride first performed at the Carnegie Hall concert of November 1948 comprised of three movements Ellington unravels the story of the

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    upmanship set mainly in the 20 s in the fictional seaside town of Tilling then treat yourselves full of fantastic characters beautifully written and very funny Our gig was part of the Rye International Jazz Festival and took place in the stunning gardens of Lamb House not only did the author actually live in this incredible Georgian house he also housed his main characters there too Mallards as it is known in the books is the home of Miss Elizabeth Mapp who one summer leases her home to Emmeline Lucia Lucas and so the fun begins Rye is a very pretty place full of charm and eccentricities and during festival time music seems to pour out of every door it s definitely a place we will revisit when time allows After a very pleasant stay at Oaklands care of Diane and Tony we headed to Eastbourne for a celebration of Count Basie with singer Matt Ford care of the Len Phillips Big Band under the direction of Joe Pettitt Halfway through the gig it dawned on Muddy and myself that Eastbourne wasn t at all where we thought it was and that in order to get to London in time to do the radio show live at 9pm we d better get a shift on technical term Thanks to Mud s excellent driving we wended our way up the A23 taking in the sights of Croydon and Brixton making it to Radio 2 with time to spare which I filled picking up burgers for tea I d had a burger just the night before in Rye but as there aren t many places open for food nearby burgers can t be choosers Over the weekend poor Muddy had driven for hours and hours through miles and miles of road works

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    be precise A Swedish punk by the name of Sulo is making a country album and recently got in touch to see if I fancied working with him I like the idea of unlikely duets and if you put punk and jazz together you hardly ever get country so I was up for giving it a go I m in awe of anyone who can speak more than one language especially if they can make and understand jokes in said other tongue Sulo has spent time in the UK and has an surprisingly detailed knowledge of Cleethorpes and Grimsby we had a natter over a cup of coffee whilst producer Kevin set up the in the office this took all of 5 minutes The set up was literally a great microphone a laptop and a stand with a reflection filter this is basically a semi circular wraparound wall of rubbery material which when placed behind the microphone stops the noise you re making from bouncing off hardwood floors walls etc It s like a portable vocal booth but only a foot high Ten minutes later we d finished and over another pot of coffee we spent the next few hours talking about our favourite singers and records Sulo is a massive Van Morrison and Sam Cooke fan he rightly said without Sam Cooke modern popular music would not have happened I had to add without Louis Armstrong Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald neither would Sam Cooke My second recording session of the week was equally enjoyable a return to Studio 2 Abbey Road to guest with The London Gay Big Band who are making an album We all know the Beatles attachment to Abbey Road but before that Edward Elgar Yehudi Menuhin Paul Robeson Adelaide Hall Fats Waller and Glenn

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    25 to take part in a pop up big band workshop this Saturday at the Elgar Room in The Royal Albert Hall We re looking for people who play trumpet alto saxophone tenor saxophone baritone saxophone and trombones including bass trombones plus aspiring swing jazz vocalists Players and singers must have reached grade 7 or equivalent All those involved will have the opportunity to work with some of the best jazz musicians in the country More details can be found on the BBC Proms website Eleven days after the workshop its our turn to take centre stage at The Royal Albert Hall Every time someone mentions the 11 th August my tummy jumps I can t believe it we re less than two weeks away The months of preparation are coming to an end for our big concert which will again see two roaring big bands battle against each other one led by Guy Barker the other by Winston Rollins plus a host of special guests celebrating the birth of the Swing Era Actually unlike last year s Battle of the Bands Basie vs Ellington our 2015 bands won t be going head to head yeah right No this year is a celebration of everything swing and there s a lot to celebrate Within a couple of days of tickets going on sale Prom 35 Story of Swing sold out Proving that there is a healthy appetite for this joyous art form It s been a sheer delight putting this epic show together choosing the material putting the bands together to showcase the breadth of jazz and big band talent in the UK today liaising with MD Guy Barker researching the history writing the script sorting the running order And though it s impossible to include every amazing aspect of

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