The Big Band had a week in Beaune, the classic wine area. Three gigs at three of the top wine villages were brilliant. Not without drama, with one of the band going missing for 6 hours. She turned up just in time to play. And performing without cover in 28 degrees heat. I wandered off to get water from the supermarket with our organiser in Chagny, which has the biggest market in France and only just fought my way back through the crowd to perform the first number! The Band was so well received - we'll be back, maybe next year.
I don't usually write about private gigs, but this one was a milestone for me as it was the first I've done on my own with the keyboard! It went very well - a celebration of vows - and many thanks to Colin and Juliet. So, I am now available for gigs where background piano and gentle vocals is required. For more up-tempo requirements, Alex and I are also keen to be playing as a duo.
The band got together in Tunbridge Wells, to celebrate the life of one of our own, who sadly passed away recently. Love to Diane and Will's family and hope the music helped to bring some cheer to a sad day.
We were pleased to see some old and some new faces at the Coach. Welcome to all and hope to see you again.
This was a really good night at the Coach with lots of people turning up. Thanks to all those who were there to support us (and to eat of course!).
As usual, left it late to catch up on gig news, but we had a good time at the usual venues, Coach and Horses, Barneys and various Irish band gigs, plus a fun one with the Swingshift Big Band where I managed to win a large bottle of whisky just before Christmas. Looking forward to New Year now!
Really enjoyed this one and sad that it may be the last jazz do for a while at Barneys. Hopefully we'll be back sometime in the Spring.