Trombonicle 1 / Mick Collins

The trombone poetry chronicle has been going for many years, but has become somewhat erratic lately. It’s time for an overhaul.

The main change will be to include news about bands I have been playing in for years, and which have been inspirational for trombone poetry in many ways, such as Roberto Pla’s Latin Ensemble, Snowboy & The Latin Section, Yiddish Twist Orchestra, The Blowpipes Trombone Trio, The Vintage Tea Dance Orchestra and various other bands and projects, especially Click Beetle, for which dozens of original tunes have now been written. There will be more trombone poetry events involving The Blowpipes and Click Beetle, where possible, and other collaborations.

This mailout has always been called the trombone poetry chronicle, but if it is to cover other events and doings, another name had to be found. A new word was coined, by contracting the original name:

Trombonicle: the odd gig, the odd word.


There will no doubt still be reports of demented open-mic shenanigans here and there, but we hope for brighter things too.

Mingus Big Band at Ronnie Scott'sThe unsettling quiet of January was blown to pieces last week by playing twelve shows at Ronnie Scott’s in the Mingus Big Band, the kind of experience that changes everything.

If I had to name one person who equipped me to deal with that week, I would give thanks to my much-missed friend, Mick Collins, in whose bands I happily toiled to learn how to play big band jazz. That learning is of course never-ending, so I’m glad to say that Mick’s legacy is explored and enjoyed every month with his band’s continuing residency in a Bromley club.

Monday 1 February, 20:30 start (first Monday of every month)
Mick Collins Modern Jazz Orchestra

HG Wells Centre, St Mark’s Rd, Bromley, BR2 9HG
£6 entry

Friday 5 February, 19:00 doors, 20:00 start
trombone poetry + assorted turns

The Others, 6 and 8 Manor Road, Stoke Newington, London N16 5SA
£5 before 21:00, £7 after.

Sunday 7 February, 20:30 start
OverGround Big Band

The Salisbury Hotel Pub
1 Grand Parade, Green Lanes, London N4 1JX
020 8800 9617
£5 entry

Friday 12 February, 18:00 – 21:00
trombone poetry + assorted turns
(see for confirmation)

SEE16 Arts Festival
Deli Felice, 40 Albion Street, Rotherhithe SE16 7JQ

Saturday 20 February, 19:30
The Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra: “Swinging at The Cotton Club”

Theatre Royal Wakefield, Drury Lane, Wakefield WF1 2TE

Tuesday 23 February, 19:30
The Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra: “Swinging at The Cotton Club”

The Orchard Theatre, Home Gardens, Dartford, Kent DA1 1ED

Friday 26 February, 19:30
The Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra: “Swinging at The Cotton Club”

Theatre Royal Winchester, Jewry St, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8SB

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