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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Phew! It's all over for another year. From the sell-out Jools Holland show that opened the proceedings to the magnificent Reunion Dreamband directed by John LaBarbera on Sunday night, we managed to pack an great deal into the four days - not just celebrity shows, but emerging talents, youth bands, schools events, and the addition of the Jazz Lounge which provided flexibility of programming. Many thanks go to the artists, our sponsors, the venue staff, the volunteers, and of course all those who attended events. The review of this Festival and planning for the future are next on the agenda. In the meantime, our Jazz Festival page has a photographic reminder of many of the events.
Wigan Jazz Club are supporting a special concert at Leigh Miners on Sunday 14th January at 7.30pm. It features SWINGTIME BIG BAND with two very special guests trumpeters - ANDY GREENWOOD and LOUIS DOWDESWELL. Andy is the former WYJO player who is now a star player in many of Britain's best bands, on TV shows and in the West End. Among Louis' claim to fame are as lead trumpet on the BBC Michael Buble Christmas special and recently in Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band - check out his YouTube channel! Tickets for this event will be on sale at £15 - details to follow.
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.
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