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Content by tag "Tom Bancroft"

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Raymond MacDonald: Man with Two Brains

Read "Raymond MacDonald: Man with Two Brains" reviewed by Duncan Heining

By way of introduction...

Saxophonist Raymond MacDonald is a busy man. He balances the life of a gigging, recording musician with a high-flying academic career and, in both respects, his reputation has grown far beyond his Glasgow home. As a musician, he is perhaps best known for his work with the George Burt/Raymond MacDonald ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

World's First Jazz Flashmob draws 1500+ in Edinburgh

World's First Jazz Flashmob draws 1500+ in Edinburgh

World's First Jazz Flashmob—called Clandemonium—drew 1500+ people at the Edinburgh International Jazz Festival on July 31st 2010. Over 1000 people were supplied with colour coded “tam-o-shanter" hats and took part in the event in four colour coded teams—blue—dance, green—drums, red—kazzos, and orange—body percussion and scat vocals. The onstage band featured Scottish jazz and music luminaries such as Finlay MacDonald (bagpipes), Laura MacDonald ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

Jack Cortner Big Band / Peter Hand Big Band / Chicago Jazz Philharmonic

Read "Jack Cortner Big Band / Peter Hand Big Band / Chicago Jazz Philharmonic" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Jack Cortner Big Band
Sound Check
Jazzed Media
2009

For someone who waited so long before taking his first swings as leader of his own big band, Jack Cortner shows again on Sound Check, the band's second impressive recording in as many years, that he's got game. He's ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Tom Bancroft Orchestra: Pieology

Read "Pieology" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Tom Bancroft’s six–year–old orchestra from Scotland has been described as “the most adventurous contemporary big band in the UK,” a statement that will go unchallenged here. I have no degree in Pieology, but after appraising Bancroft’s debut recording (covering those six years) on the new Caber Music label, I’d guess that it must have something to ...


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