SO YOU THINK IT''S ALL
Don't be fooled!
I've said it myself,
and I get comments from you almost daily saying
"Is the Big Band Era really over this time around"?
Big Band Era really over this time around"?
It is true however
that those bands who ran the marathon bringing the music of
the big band swing
era to us all by travelling around the county for the last four
decades plus, do now seems to have run out of steam. It's not
that they do not have the enthusiasm to keep this marvellous
music alive and well for us to enjoy but that a combination
of the ageing fans who were around, some of us when the first
big band era was in full swing, don't get out much any more
for a number of reason, ill health for starters but also the
recession has not helped. The rising cost of travel, seat prices
rising because of all those 'Add-Ons' over and above the seat
price, can you believe it, 'Handling Charge', they actually
charge you for handlingyour cash. These things have together
effectively reduce the paying public to venture out to see these
once essential 'MUST' big band concerts.In 1969 following Syd
Lawrence's rehearsal band success which started the big band
revival of Glenn Miller's music in particular, led to an explosive
reaction of big band music once again here in the UK.
by his TV appearances and radio broadcasts then but which
is sadly lacking today all but the occasional John Wilson
numbers down in many cases by up to seventy percent, bookings
obviouslyhave suffered, making if unviable for, in the
first place a full size big band of quality players making
the trip of several hundred miles to play a concert to
an almost empty theatre near you regularly, as was the
norm just a few years ago.
We have seen the list
reducing steadily in recent years
many of the popular regular venues are not encouraged by the
poor ticket sales to bother with having a big band into the
venue when they are able to book other more lucrative shows.
But is this the end
of the Big Bands as we know it in this country?
be fooled into thinking this.
Certainly we have to
admit we will not see those most popular bands touring so extensively
but undoubtedly there are hundredsif not thousand of Big Bands,
Jazz groups, Quartets and solo artists, performing our kind
of music almost in every town and city up and down the country,
you only have to look around andyou'll find them.My website
has lacked listing these bands to a great extent but we do try
to feature them when we can and have done in our magazine over
the last 15 years but now it is painfully obvious that a lot
more has to be done to promote the local and regional bands
to advance your awareness that they exist. This month we feature
several that are popular to their local audiences and are first
class full size big bands that are doing a great job.I shall
search out more of these bands but with your help too I hope
you will let us know who's around performing in your town, and
I shall continuing building up my list of these bands on the
website, and featuringthem in our magazine.If you are a regular
listeners to Sunday night at BBC radio 2 with Clare Teal, she
continually updates a list of performing bands for the following
week and it seems the list is getting bigger and bigger. These
bands and her play list and her programme can be found of the
BBC Radio 2 website.
Just a few to
mention above among many to be found in the UK
invited to write articles, send photos and stories about your
love for this type
of music and/or your connection with the making of music.
So enjoy sharing
your experience with other enthusiasts around the world.
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