THANKS TO ALL THOSE WHO ATTENDED, PLAYED, VOLUNTEERED & SPONSORED WIGAN INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL - THE 34TH FESTIVAL WILL BE HELD ON JULY  11TH - 14TH 2019

Location: WHELLEY EX-SERVICEMEN'S CLUB, VAUXHALL RD, WIGAN, WN1 3LU 

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JJAZZ FESTIVAL ENDS - ROLL ON 2019

JUNE JAZZ CLUB - AL WOOD QUINTET

MAY JAZZ CLUB - GREATER MANCHESTER JAZZ ORCH.

FORTHCOMING CONCERTS

APRIL JAZZ CLUB - BEN CROSLAND ALL STAR QUINTET

MARCH JAZZ CLUB: SK2 PLAY KENTON

FEBRUARY JAZZ CLUB: MUNCH MANSHIP & JAMIE BROWNFIELD QUARTETS

JANUARY JAZZ CLUB - DAN WHIELDON QT. / WYJO

CHRISTMAS JAZZ WITH WSSB, WYBB & WYJO

NOVEMBER JAZZ CLUB - KAPOK TRIO / BwD BIG BAND

OCTOBER JAZZ CLUB - MANAGERS BIG BAND

DAN SHOUT SPECIAL CONCERT ON OCTOBER 18th

OCT. 8th - SPECIAL EVENT -SWINGTIME BIG BAND

SEPTEMBER JAZZ CLUB - PAUL PASHLEY OPENS NEW SEASON

BUY WIGAN JAZZ CLUB TICKETS ONLINE 

ANOTHER YEAR IN THE LIFE OF WIGAN JAZZ CLUB

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JAZZ FESTIVAL ENDS - ROLL ON 2019

The 33rd Wigan International Jazz Festival took place from July 12th-15th, at Robin Park Indoor Sports Centre. The Festival, now run by The Music Continuum, has its own dedicated website at wiganjazzfest.co.uk, where you will find information on next year's Festival as it emerges. 

 

Our own Jazz Festival page has photos from the four main evening shows.

 

The Festival Finale - Jeremy Sassoon's Ray Charles Project (Sunday) 

 

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JUNE JAZZ CLUB - AL WOOD QUINTET

Our final guests of the 2017-18 season were the Al Wood Quintet - with Al on saxes, Trevor Vincent (trumpet), Martin Longhawn (piano), Garry Jackson (bass) and Tim Carter (drums). The programme featured, but not exclusively, the music of Gerry Mulligan, and proved to be the perfect soundtrack to a sunny summer afternoon. The full picture set can be viewed here.

 

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MAY JAZZ CLUB - GREATER MANCHESTER JAZZ ORCH.

Our club session on Sunday May 27th featured the cream of young jazz musicians drawn from throughout Greater Manchester. Under the expert direction of Richard Iles, they performed ten pieces of music for jazz orchestra, commissioned for the Greater Manchester Commissions Project, composed by some of the UK's established and highly respected big band composers. They were joined by guest soloist Malcolm Edmonstone on piano.

The full picture set can be viewed here.

 

 

NEW SEASON'S CONCERTS - SEPT-DEC 2018

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).

SUNDAY

SEPT 2nd

MIDLAND YOUTH JAZZ ORCHESTRA

MD John Ruddick MBE

SUNDAY

SEPT 30th

STRICTLY SMOKIN' BIG BAND

SUNDAY

OCT 28th

WENDY KIRKLAND

'PIANO DIVAS'

SUNDAY

NOV 25th

EDGE HILL UNIVERSITY BIG BAND

MD Phil Shotton

FRIDAY

DEC 28th

CHRISTMAS JAZZ CLUB

THREE YOUNG WIGAN BANDS

FULL DETAILS ARE ON OUR WHAT'S ON PAGE

NB Members discounted prices are only available to current members. The annual subscription from September 2017 is £10 single, £15 couples. Anyone wishing to join for the first time can do so at the next concert, or by post - see our Join Wigan Jazz Club page for full details. 

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APRIL JAZZ CLUB - BEN CROSLAND ALL STAR QUINTET

                                   

Ben Crosland has assembled a truly star-studded group, drawn from some of Britain's finest jazz players, for his current project - 'The Ray Davies Songbook'. Ben on bass was joined by Dave O'Higgins (saxes), John Etheridge (guitar), Steve Lodder (keyboards) and Nick France (drums), giving a jazz treatment to some of the best known Kinks songs (as well as some rarities). In lesser hands such a project might be ill-advised, but Ben's brilliant arrangements played by this stellar lineup gave us an afternoon to remember.

The full set of photos can be viewed here.

 

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MARCH JAZZ CLUB: SK2 PLAY KENTON

                                   

It is always a special occasion when Dave Tyas brings his SK2 Jazz Orchestra to Wigan, and March 25th proved to be no exception. The band specialise in playing the music of Stan Kenton - no mean task, but one that this ensemble assembled from some of the North's finest players carried off triumphantly. With a programme featuring a well-balanced blend of familiar Kenton favourites and other less frequently performed pieces, Dave and his band proved that their reputation is well-deserved. It was pleasing to see a packed room of our members and other Kenton fans who had travelled to Wigan for this special show. The full photo set can be viewed here.

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FEB. JAZZ CLUB: MUNCH MANSHIP/JAMIE BROWNFIELD

 

Our February line-up comprised two contrasting quartets - one well-established and the other less so - but with the common factors of superb playing, well-chosen repertoires and great entertainment. The Munch Manship Quartet played the first set, with much playing better than ever, ably assisted by Dave Lynane on bass, Dave Hassell on drums and the very impressive Paul Kilvington on piano.

After the break we welcomed back the young trumpet star Jamie Brownfield, with Tom Kinkaid on piano, Ken Marley on bass and Jack Cotterill on drums. Their varied set combined standards, some lesser known pieces and some original compositions. There was even an outbreak of dancing in the audience during some of the up tempo pieces! Saxophonist Mike Smith (of Ginger Tunes fame) joined the quartet for the final numbers.

The full picture set for both bands can be viewed here.

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JANUARY JAZZ CLUB: DAN WHIELDON QT./WYJO

 

Our opening show of 2018 featured a double bill of two contrasting ensembles, both of whom produced a set of the highest quality. Pianist Dan Whieldon with Gavin Barras on bass and Caroline Bowden on drums were joined by Richard Iles on flugelhorn in a programme of original compositions. After the interval, Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra, directed by David Little, demonstrated just how much they have progressed. Their set combined excellent ensemble playing with some superb soloing.

The full set of photos from the concert can be accessed here.

 

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CHRISTMAS JAZZ WITH WSSB, WYBB & WYJO

Our traditional post-Christmas celebration of the youth bands of Wigan took place on Thursday 28th December. In front of our biggest audience of the year, Steve Buckley directed the two younger bands, showcasing the young musicians who will hopefully provide ready-made replacements for WYJO in years to come - both ensembles played with enthusiasm and skill which belied their age. Dave Little then directed the current WYJO lineup, showing the standard of playing that we have come to expect over the years and which has provided so many of the UK's professional musicians. The full photo set can be found here.

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NOVEMBER JAZZ CLUB - KAPOK TRIO/BwD BIG BAND

 

Wigan Jazz Club went Dutch on Sunday 26th November, when we welcomed a young trio from the Netherlands for the first set. KAPOK, with their unique lineup of horn, guitar and percussion, proved to be both excellent musicians and entertaining performers. The second half of the programme featured the BwD BIG BAND (from Blackburn with Darwen) with the familiar face of one-time WYJO drummer Paul Rigby as MD. The young band impressed with both their ensemble playing and soloing, and gave us an eclectic mix of music. Click here to see the full photo set for this event.

 

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OCTOBER JAZZ CLUB - MANAGERS BIG BAND     

 

Sunday 29th October may have been the date when we said goodbye to British Summer Time but our guests for the monthly Jazz Club certainly left the audience with a warm glow. The Managers Big Band, led by twin brothers Ben and Jay Shepherd, were making their second WJC appearance, having made an excellent impression in September last year. Based in Bolton, the band is made up of predominately young musicians drawn from throughout the North West, and their eclectic programme proved to be accessible to the sizeable audience, and played with a high standard of musicianship. Their two sets included music ranging from Duke Ellington and Stan Kenton to  James Brown and Walt Disney! The full photo set for this show can be accessed by clicking here.

 

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DAN SHOUT SPECIAL CONCERT ON OCTOBER 18TH

Our first midweek concert of the new season was on Wednesday 18th October, at Wigan Cricket Club, and featured a welcome return visit from South African tenor star DAN SHOUT, with the DAN WHIELDON TRIO - Dan Whieldon (piano), Gavin Barrass (bass) and Dave Walsh (drums). Dan was making his third appearance at Wigan, and his well-chosen programme featured a varied selection of pieces with a South African flavour, as well as several standards. This was only the second show with the Dan Whieldon Trio, but the four musicians produced two sets that sounded if they had been working together for much longer. The full photo set can be viewed here.

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OCT. 8th: SPECIAL EVENT - SWINGTIME BIG BAND

This special concert was a free event, thanks to funding support from The Deal (Wigan Council). Age UK helped to promote the event which was designed to provide entertainment for the older age group, and the programme presented by Jez Murphy's Swingtime proved to be a big hit with this audience. With vocals from Emma Holcroft, this 'Celebration of Swing Music' was received enthusiastically, and will hopefully lead to further events in the future. The full picture set is available here.

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SEPTEMBER JAZZ CLUB

PAUL PASHLEY OPENS OUR NEW SEASON

Sunday 24th September saw the first Jazz Club concert of our 2017-18 season, and it proved to be a great start. Our guests was the vocalist who made a name for himself on TV's 'The Voice' - Paul Pashley. Together with his excellent band, Paul gave us a confident, classy performance - the programme included an eclectic mix of the traditional and the new, and met with an enthusiastic reception from our audience. Full photo set can be viewed here.

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#BUY WIGAN JAZZ CLUB TICKETS ONLINE

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. 

•   Fast and knowledgeable service – we really love to help!

•    On-line or telephone booking service (8am to 8pm Monday to Saturdays)

•   Get your place booked in advance

•   Secure on-line card payments (powered by Stripe)

•   Cheque payment option available 

•   ONE flat rate transaction charge of £1.25 per booking
– however many tickets you buy. (incl different events)

You will receive an email confirmation instantly upon payment

Your concert tickets will then follow directly by email or by post (if physical tickets required for the event)

 

No Internet or Email? – No Problem!
Just call us and we’ll take your booking over the phone
and get you on the Jazz Club guest list

 

For those using the cheque payment option, your tickets will only be emailed or posted out when your payment has been processed.

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ANOTHER YEAR IN THE LIFE OF WIGAN JAZZ CLUB

Photos from the 2016 - 2017 season can now be found with our other archived photos - click here to see them. The selection below offers a reminder of yet  another year in the history of Wigan Jazz Club.

SPECIAL

AUG.

20th

2016

T

MADS MATHIAS (at Leigh Turnpike Centre)

SEPT.

4th

2016

 

GINGER TUNES  <>  MANAGERS BIG BAND

SEPT.

25th

2016

MARK GILLBANKS JAZZ ORCHESTRA 

OCT.

30th

2016

 

AL WOOD QUINTET  < >  WIGAN Y.J.O.

NOV.

27th

2016

BRANDON ALLEN SEXTET

DEC.

28th

2016

CHRISTMAS JAZZ CLUB

   

W.S.S.B.          < >            W.Y.B.B.          < >           W.Y.J.O.

JAN.

29th

2017

ECHO 42 BIG BAND

 

FEB.

26th

2017

 

SPECIAL

MARCH

11th

2017

 

BOBBY SHEW with DAVE NEWTON TRIO & WIGAN Y.J.O.

At St Michael & All Angels Church, Wigan

MARCH

26th

2017

WIGAN YOUTH JAZZ ORCHESTRA REVISITED

APRIL

30th

2017

SWINGTIME BIG BAND featuring EMMA HOLCROFT

MAY

28th

2017

BEN CROSLAND QUARTET  < >  WIGAN Y.J.O.

JUNE

25th

2017

    

ALAN BARNES with the DAVE NEWTON TRIO

VERY

SPECIAL!!

JUNE

25th/26th

2017

GORDON GOODWIN'S BIG PHAT BAND

UK exclusive shows at Royal Northern College of Music

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Those who are already on our emailing list should have received our first two Jazz Notes elctronic newsletter. If you wish to be added to this list please contact Ian McLoughlin at desdem@icloud.com .

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