Live Shots Queens Theatre Oct 2017

Here’s a link to a set of lovely live shots of our last big band gig at Queens Theatre Hornchurch on Wednesday 25th October. Here you can see all of us having a great time playing this new and exciting music. More reviews are coming in so do watch out for them!

SEE OUR LIVE SHOTS HERE

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This set of pictures was taken by Diana Vucane - for more information about Diana click
here

Spotifyingggg! (2017)



You can now follow me on SPOTIFY and find out what I’m listening to. That’s cool isn’t it!

Lance Liddle Weapons of Mass Distraction Review

Lance Liddle has written us an amazing review which you can read on his site here - thanks Lance!

Below is a transcript of that very Review but do please read it on his site to increase the traffic to his webpage!


Call me old-fashioned, not just because I love the moonlight, but because I tend to go along with (most of the time) Duke's maxim that it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing. 
From the opening bars of Screaming Ab Dabs I knew that, even without any do-wah-do-wah- do wahs, this had that swing.
21st-century swing that is - timeless swing. The rhythms may not be the chug chug chug of long ago but the essential pulse is there irrespective of the meter. As the man once said, "If you gotta ask..."

Sharking in the Chalet (don't ask!) has a TV cop show feel about it with some fine piano from Tom Millar, fluent soprano from Tommy Andrews and an ensemble licensed to kill.
I Arksque You This (don't ask!) I'm not sure what the question is but if it relates to Rosie Turton's trombone solo then the answer is A+.
Dinosaur Face (don't ask!) opens with nice, relaxed pub piano, Sam Warner playing smooth trumpet, a brief moment from Chris Saunders, less brief from Andrew Robb on bass before Rich Perks perks the ante up. The ensemble's now in full flight. Phil Meadows floats around on soprano with the other soloists punctuating, the drama mounts, the dinosaurs are on the attack - is civilisation doomed? No! Meadows' soprano sends them packing and they become extinct until Laura Jurd discovers one 65 million years later but that is another story...
Pyrrhic Victory (don't ask!) sounds, to my ears, what the Goodman 1938 band may have sounded like in 2018. Some clarinet going on (Johnny Chung?); Tom Green moves his slide around a bit - another triumph for composer/arranger Linham but isn't it about time he blew?
Big Bertha's Quarter to Twos (don't ask!) Is one of those numbers that suggest somebody has opened up a jazz club in Nashville. Linham may have been involved in the shootout. That Big Bertha she's quite a gal...
Apples Aren't the Only Fruit (don't ask!) Andrew rides again with some baritone playing that doesn't take any prisoners and neither does Perks with a great guitar blast before Saunders sets the slide on fire.
Don't Mention Janet (we won't). Riley Stone-Lonergan is the one whose lips are sealed he kick starts the most exciting ensemble of the album - maybe of the year, maybe ever!
Henchmen Live the Shortest Lives (don't ask). Miguel Gorodi plays lyrical trumpet - beautiful.
Waitress Winking (don't ask!) Linham and Rosie - a flirtation twixt sax and trombone? Another amazing arrangement.
I Remember Fenton (don't ask!). The, presumably, late Fenton brings out the emotive side of Riley-Lonergan as well as that of arranger/composer Linham.

This is an absolutely amazing big band album. Is it a big band or a jazz orchestra or maybe a new dimension?
I don't know if Andrew Linham used up his whole box of tricks on these compositions and arrangements but, if he's still got a few more boxes to open, then look out world!

Lance.

Tommy Andrews, Phil Meadows, Riley Stone-Lonergan, Johnny Chung, Andrew Linham (saxes); Barney Lowe, Miguel Gorodi, Sam Warner, Matt Roberts, Andy Hall (trumpets); Rosie Turton, Tom Green, Chris Saunders, Barney Medland (trombones); Tom Millar (piano); Rich Perks (guitar); Andrew Robb (bass); Dave Ingamells (drums).
PS: I'm not 100% on the soloists as gleaned from the sleeve but closse enough for jazz I guess.

Album Launching @ Pizza Express!

The band had an absolutely amazing time on Sunday launching our new big band album ‘Weapons of Mass Distraction’. Pizza Express didn’t know what had hit them! It was so exciting to premier this new music and the feedback I have had on both the gig and the new CD is fantastic! There’s been some great reviews and so much great verbal feedback.

We had such a great time on Sunday launching the big band album - we even did it in cake format!!!!

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One lady said to me as she left “I didn’t know a big band could even sound like that - it’s just something else!”

Lance Liddle of BebopSpokenHere has written us a fantastic review which you can read
here - I’m so glad Lance enjoyed it!

This is an absolutely amazing big band album. Is it a big band or a jazz orchestra or maybe a new dimension?
I don't know if Andrew Linham used up his whole box of tricks on these compositions and arrangements but, if he's still got a few more boxes to open, then look out world! - Lance Liddle


I think it is a new dimension! Pizza Express told me what a great band I have which coming from them means a lot too - I am a very lucky bandleader. Pizza even put up a video of Riley playing BIG BERTHA which you can see here:



So next week I bring the band to one of my favourite venues, the Queens Theatre Hornchurch on Wednesday 25th October 2017. Make sure you get your tickets in advance as they are selling like hot cakes so I am told!!

Details here

We had such a great time on Sunday launching the big band album - we even did it in cake format!!!!

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Can’t wait to keep sharing this new music with you all! Some new videos and recordings will be appearing on the line over the next couple of days so watch this space!

If you wish to buy the album, follow
this link and you can buy as many copies as you like.

I’m told they make great Christmas presents!!

See you at the Queens Theatre Hornchurch on Wednesday 25th October 2017!

ALBUM OUT NOW

The Andrew Linham Jazz Orchestra album is now out! How exciting is that?

You can either buy it in person on one of our gigs - Sunday 15th October at Pizza Express Jazz Club or Wednesday 25th October at Queens Theatre Hornchurch - details below

PIZZA EXPRESS on 15th October
Queens Theatre Hornchurch on 25th October

Or via the following link which takes you to all the different online purchasing options available!

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BUY IT NOW

ALBUM LAUNCH IMMINENT!!

I can now officially release the artwork for the new album ‘Weapons of Mass Distraction”. Designed by graphic designer James Coppeard, I think it is fantastic looking! Click on the links below to book your tickets for the launch gigs!

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LAUNCH GIGS:

Pizza Express Jazz Club - Sunday 15th October 2017 (lunchtime)

Queens Theatre Hornchurch - Wednesday 25th October 2017

We hope you are ready for ‘WEAPONS OF MASS DISTRACTION’