April 2017 - So much fun!

I’ve had a busy couple of weeks performing all over London and Essex and thought it only fair to share some of the excitement with you all!

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Here’s an appropriately moody picture of me playing Baritone Sax

On Wednesday 19th April my big band the Andrew Linham Jazz Orchestra again SOLD OUT the Belvedere Jazz Club and we played a fun evening of original music combined with standard big band repertoire. Mark Stratford, a club favourite, joined us again on vocals and sang a diverse mix of traditional standards and a couple of 60’s pop hits! The audience particularly enjoyed a tune of mine called ‘The Last Penguin’ and it was wonderful to receive such positive feedback for original material! George Millard played a particularly notable solo on Big Bertha who seems to have made a point of being mentioned on all of our gigs! Feel free to suggest photos of what Bertha might actually look like.

I was then interviewed by phone for the Romford Recorder no less! I keep telling everyone I’m famous but now I have proof! Read the article here: ROMFORD RECORDER

Then I was straight into more rehearsals for the full length musical adaption of Wind In The Willows I’ve written, working with 130 odd young people on the 25th anniversary of the QYouth programme at the Queens Theatre Hornchurch. The tickets are selling like hotcakes, but you can get them here: WIND IN THE WILLOWS We are all on countdown until 8th/9th July - something like nine weeks to go!

I had a fun evening performing for the Upminster Rotary Club on Saturday night with the Ken Turner big band - we even did some flag waving which I am not adverse to!

Then I had a lovely gig with Rich Perks on guitar at Thames Chase Forest Centre to a small but discerning audience. Rich and I have done this gig a few times now and it is always a pleasure to play in such an intimate setting.

Wednesday 26th April saw the London City Big Band in the Spice of Life for our monthly residency. Barney Lowe, the bandleader and trumpeter, bought along a new chart of the Magic Flea. It was really fast. Like, really fast.

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I took this amusingly rubbish photo to prove that it happened.

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This is the ‘official’ photo if indeed there is such a thing

Finally, on Friday 28th my quartet performed to a packed audience at Queens Theatre Hornchurch for an afternoon of standards and original material which was a fantastic afternoon. The rhythm section of Hilary Cameron (piano), Pete Gavin (electric bass) and Katie Patterson (drums) really kept me on my toes with some tunes suddenly turning into bossa novas or having surprise endings - it is so exciting to perform with musicians that take musical risks! So much fun!

Also, here’s a great article about one of my favourite conductors - guess who it is before you click this LINK!

Having a quieter month this month due to so many Wind In The Willows rehearsals (it’s basically a full time job) so I will update this site with more news but looking ahead:

Saturday 10th June
Andrew Linham Jazz Orchestra
St Luke’s Church Cranham
7pm
10/7

and then....

THE ANDREW LINHAM JAZZ ORCHESTRA ALBUM LAUNCH

SUNDAY 15TH OCTOBER @ PIZZA EXPRESS JAZZ CLUB (LUNCHTIME)

DETAILS HERE!!!!

as you can tell I’m very excited about that.... that’s all for now everyone!