Trombonicle 51 / wintering on

JSouthwark Park Bandstandump leads were applied and The Blowpipes hooted back into life again last month for a performance for a great Bermondsey charity, Bede House. Original tunes included Pass The Mustard, Jog and Surrey Docks Jig along with Llanover Welsh Reel, Jaleo de Jerez and Serenade to a Cuckoo and many other wonders.

There was a trip to the seaside, as a trombone was needed for a gig in Brighton with Lo Ke Ba, playing Afro-Cuban music at The Ironworks. Their album, Delirio, is available from the Lo Ke Ba website.

A whole set of my tunes was played by a crew put together by Williams Cumberbache on a chilly Sunday at Grow in Hackney Wick. One number, Jay, was caught on video.

Mike Walter’s project, A Bigger MOUTH, went into the studio for three days for several hours of group improvisations that will lead to an album next year, plus a vinyl record, all being well. A remarkable experience, generating all that music with Mike, Gabriel Keen, Mark Roberts, Alan Wakeman and Lu Edmonds. Some of us will be convening again on Wednesday.

Best wishes for the winter!

DECEMBER DATES : please click links for more details.

Crassmass gift opportunity : Better Late Than Sorry will of course be available at all these events.

Tuesday 13 December, 20:00

John Bennett Band

Vortex Jazz Club
11 Gillett Square
London, N16 8AZ

Wednesday 14 December, 19:00

Trombone Poetry +

A Bigger MOUTH – improvising ensemble:

Gabriel Keen : piano & keyboard
Mark Roberts : percussion
Mike Walter : saxophone & synthesiser
Paul Taylor : trombone

Hundred Years Gallery

13 Pearson St., London E2 8JD


Friday 16 December, 19:30

Swinging at the Cotton Club

Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra

Wiltshire Music Centre, Ashley Rd, Bradford-on-Avon BA15 1DZ

Saturday 31 December, 20:30


Pizza Express, The Pheasantry, 152/154 King’s Rd, London SW3 4UT

Monday 2 January, 20:00 doors, 20:30 start

Mick Collins Legacy Jazz Orchestra

Sundridge Park Working Mens Club and Institute

134 Burnt Ash Lane, Bromley BR1 5AF

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