Location: WHELLEY EX-SERVICEMEN'S CLUB, VAUXHALL RD, WIGAN, WN1 3LU
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Following their appearance at the 2018 Jazz Festival (the outdoor performance that moved indoors) it was decided that the Edge Hill University Big Band would be perfect for one of our Sunday sessions, and so it proved on the afternoon of November 25th. Under the direction of Phil Shotton, the band have made remarkable progress in a relatively short time. Made up of students, staff and local players, they gave an assured and entertaining performance of charts that went far beyond basic big band level (notably Gordon Goodwin's Hunting Wabbits). With two excellent vocalists and Phil's informative and amusing introductions, our audience had an enjoyable afternoon of high qualiry big band jazz. The full picture set can be viewed here.
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All shows at Whelley Ex-Servicemen's Club (12.30 start, admission prices £12 non-members/£11.50 concessions/£10 members) except where stated. Advance booking available via Just Add Tickets (see below).
NB Members discounted prices are only available to current members. The annual subscription is £10 single, £15 couples. Anyone wishing to join for the first time can do so at the next concert, or by post, or online at justaddtickets.co.uk - see our Join Wigan Jazz Club page for full details.
On the day that BST reverted to GMT it seemed fitting that the weather combined strong sunshine with bitter winds, but those who were sensible to make the trip to Whelley were rewarded with a concert for all seasons. Pianist/vocalist Wendy Kirkland brought her 'Piano Divas' show to Wigan and the quartet treated us to a programme inspired by some of the great and pianists, old and also more recent. The musicians were Wendy (piano & vocals), husband Pat Sprakes (guitar), Mike Green (bass) and Caroline Bowden (drums), and they combined to produce two sets that sent us out into the autumn cold with smiles on our faces and a song in out hearts.
The full photo set for this show can be viewed by clicking here.
For our regular last-Sunday-of-the-month Jazz Club session we welcomed a big band who were making their first appearance in the area. Strictly Smokin' Big Band, based in the Newcastle area, provided a varied programme with arrangments that were fresh and exciting. Featured vocalist Alice Grace handled the material sympathetically and stylishly. We hope this will be the first of many expeditions what MD Michael Lamb called 'the south north'. The full picture set can be viewed here. To learn more about the band visit their website .
To launch the 2018-19 season of Wigan Jazz Club, we were delighted to welcome back John Ruddick's Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra. MYJO has a long-established and well-deserved reputation for big band jazz of the highest quality, producing generation after generation of talented players. As ever, the band presented a varied and entertaining programme, featuring high quality ensemble playing and superb soloists. We are grateful that they made the difficult journey up the M6 to get our new season off to a great start. The full photo set for this show can be viewed here.
The Wigan International Jazz Festival is moving to a new venue for its 34th edition in July 2019! The Festival, now run by The Music Continuum, has its own dedicated website at wiganjazzfest.co.uk, where you will find the details of the venue and the lineup as they are confirmed. Our own Jazz Festival page will carry details of the venue, artists, prices and booking details as soon as they are available.
Most of those attending Jazz Club events pay cash on the door, but for those who would prefer to pre-purchase tickets in advance we have teamed up with ticket agency JUST ADD TICKETS to provide this facility. To book online just go to our What's On page and click on the Just Add Tickets logo. Club membership can also be obtained at Just Add Tickets.
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