Archive for March, 2010

Syd Lawrence Orchestra – Whitley Bay Playhouse – Sunday 28th March 2010

Great concert in the revamped Whitley Bay Playhouse. A long way to go but the multi million pound refit of the theatre made it all worth while. Unlike a lot of refits that just ‘tart’ up a venue they have done an A1 job and it is a great place to play.
Playing at the Anvil Basingstoke this week 1st April 2010


March 30, 2010 at 15:44 Leave a comment

Gordon Campbell Big Band present ‘Tommy Dorsey – A Tribute’ – a review by Marion Fry

What a great afternoon’s entertainment this concert turned out to be – a fine big band, vocalists Jeff Hooper and Eleanor Keenan and guest presenter Sheila Tracy. It was a sellout performance which was enthusiastically received and deservedly so.

Gordon Campbell is lead trombone with the BBC Big Band and, as we know is a world class trombone player. For this afternoon concert he had gathered together an all-star lineup to play the music of Tommy Dorsey. Lots of well known numbers, and a few less familiar, all perfectly played, Gordon was an urbane leader, and we were also fortunate to have Sheila Tracy doing her usual knowledgeable introductions.

Jeff Hooper was the featured vocalist in the first half, unusually for him sitting on-stage during his part of the show. I particularly enjoyed Gordon’s mellifluous accompaniment to Jeff’s ’Stardust’. There were solos from Mike Lovatt with some terrific Bunny Berigan high notes, lovely piano accompaniment from Bunny Thompson and Claire McInerney delighted with several solos on saxophone, clarinet and piccolo!

The second half was just as good, with Eleanor Keenan doing the vocal honours and Gordon showed another side of his talents as he joined in on vocals, with duets on some of the numbers, including ‘For You’

This event was so successful that Gordon told us that his Band has been booked to return to the Hawth on 27th February 2011 for another afternoon concert. This will be a tribute to the Great Big Bands, with the music of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Harry James, Artie Shaw, Les Brown, Ray Anthony and Billy May. A must for Big Band lovers with tickets are already on sale. Get there if you can, you certainly won’t be disappointed!

Music Director:
Gordon Campbell
Vocalists: Eleanor Keenan, Jeff Hooper
Presenter: Sheila Tracy
Simon Gardner
Mike Lovatt
Tom Walsh
Paul Eshelby
Pat Hartley
Mike Feltham
Cliff Hardie
Mark Nightingale
Colin Skinner
Mark Crooks
Robert Fowler
Ollie Wilby
Claire McInerney
Bunny Thompson
Max Brittane
Paul Morgan
Matt Skelton

Review by Marion Fry

March 22, 2010 at 19:03 Leave a comment

Yamaha Trumpet Stolen in Leamington Spa Sunday – 14th March 2010

Professional trumpet player , Craig Wilds, has had all of his equipment stolen whilst in Leaminton Spa. These are professional instruments and should be easily recognised especially as Craig is a Yamaha artist.
If you are offered either of these at a ‘bargain’ price then please would you mind checking the serial numbers listed below.
If you have any information at all please call +447980214238 or email

Yamaha Trumpet YTR8335LA serial:994123.
Yamaha Flugel YFH6310Z serial:431110.
4x Yamaha Mouthpieces (Bobby shew models – customised).
Marcinkiewicz Bobby Shew 1.25 mouthpiece.
Leather triple Trumpet gig bag (Barr Lines).
All my mutes, stands etc.

March 15, 2010 at 16:13 2 comments

Not enough time to do everything? You need a girl Friday!

I got in contact with Amy last year as we were entering into our busiest period. What started as a tentative ‘toe-in-the-water’ has now become an essential service for jazzmouse. Here’s what Amy has to say. Paul Fawcus

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March 3, 2010 at 14:15 Leave a comment