Big Band Night for Southern Area Hospice Services in Bellini’s

September 14, 2010

The night of music features Newry Big Band, the up and coming Nighthawks and guest artist Bruce Adams [trumpet and flugel horn]

The Newry Big Band has reformed this year attracting players locally and from as far as Belfast. The band is made up of a full 8 piece saxophone section, three trombones, five trumpets and exciting rhythm section. For those who like the Big Band era with music by Duke Ellington, Glenn Millar and Tommy Dorsey etc this is will be a night to remember. The band has an extensive repertoire playing such classics as Georgia on my mind, Boogie Woogie bugle boy, April in Paris and many other famous tunes. For those who like ballroom dancing feel free to come along and have a good night’s entertainment.

The Nighthawks are made up of talented local musicians who are interesting in all genres of music. They specialise in blues, rock and roll and will enlighten the evening by offering all patrons the opportunity to dance the night away.

Joining both bands for improvisation will be Bruce Adams. Those interested in jazz will know about Bruce [see his Bruce Adams web site for in-depth information].

Bruce was eleven when he started on trumpet, and did his first gig after five months. Within another few months, he was gigging regularly around Glasgow. When he was fourteen, as a prodigy of Nat Gonella’s, he won on Hughie Green’s Opportunity Knocks.  Bruce settled back in Glasgow and got involved in the local jazz scene, forming a quintet with Scottish alto saxophonist Bill Fanning, and going on to form an eighteen piece big band with Bill. Bruce eventually started playing with the George McGowan Big Band with whom he won Best Trumpet and Outstanding Musician in the 1982 Holsten Jazz Journal Big Band Competition. Followed two years later by the best soloist prize in the BBC Big Band Competition.

Bruce’s regular appearances at the Edinburgh and Glasgow jazz festivals enabled him to share the stage with people like Dick Hyman, Bob Wilbur, Benny Carter, Buddy Tate, Al Cohn, Al Grey, Ray Bryant, Milt Hinton, Gus Johnson, Danny Moss, Jack Parnell, Roy Williams, Bill Allred, George Chisholm, Dave McKenna and Jake Hanna. Other festivals include Sacramento, Cork, Breda, Eindhoven, Brecon, Swanage, Decatur, Berne, Licata, Silda, British Columbia, Birmingham, Olymp Jazz Festival Stuttgart, Chateauneuf de Faou and Hanover.

Bruce is a frequent guest soloist on the European jazz scene, playing regularly in Paris, Belgium, Germany, Holland, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Italy, Sicily. Often with Belgian pianist and saxophonist, Pascal Michaux. Other top European players Bruce has played with include George Arvanitas, Phillipe Duchemin, Charly Antolini, Pete York, Charly Hollering, Thilo Wagner and Lindy Huppertsberg.

Bruce’s big band career includes Drinking with the “ Scottish Radio Orchestra”, “The Tommy Sampson Big Band”,” The Kenny Baker Dozen”, The” BBC Big Band”, ”Echoes of Ellington”, The” Don Lusher Big Band” and one of the last concerts of the” Ted Heath Band” under the direction of Don Lusher.

Tickets for this prestigious event on Friday 1st October at 8.00pm, are £5.00 available from the Southern Area Hospice, the Hospice shops, Carlin Records or from band members or come along on the night and pay at the door.