A Different Gig!

I was delighted to receive a call from my old friend Thomas Gansch the other day. Thomas is a fine trumpet player from Vienna, Austria who I got to know during numerous visits to the Jam Session at the wonderful Porgy & Bess Jazz Club there. He was calling to invite me to go and play with his band; Gansch and Roses; on their short tour at the end of April.

I checked out some of their stuff on YouTube and it really should be a lot of fun. Not only will it be a different gig from my normal Rat Pack escapades but a really interesting and challenging one at that. I’ve added the dates to my schedule and will confirm more details of the venues as I’m told them! If you’re reading this from Austria then try and come out and see us!

Schedule Update

I’ve just updated the Schedule page with the Rat Pack dates until July. We seem to have quite an extensive UK tour on the go! There may be some changes as the year goes on – I’m hoping to be back with the Andy Prior Big Band on some of their dates during the year and also with The Allied Big Band on their summer dates accompanying Peter Dinsley.

It’s been great to back with the UK band for our week in Belfast this week. It’s so much easier when you don’t have to worry whether people know what’s coming next or not!! We play Glasgow’s Theatre Royal next week before the return to the USA – we’ll see how the band is in Nashville!

Site Fixes Occuring!

We’ve just updated to the newest version of WordPress, the management software on which this site is built, and it’s caused a couple of things to go wrong. So far, we’re aware that the Links page isn’t working and also that the Discography page seems to have fouled up. If you spot anything that’s wrong, please contact Bryan and let him know about it. We’ll be fixing all this stuff up over the next day or so. Full service will be resumed very soon!

Update: It’s now all fixed!! Enjoy…

TFJO CD Now Available

The CD we recorded last June with the Tony Faulkner Jazz Orchestra; “Thad Jones and the Ellington Effect”, is now out in the wild!! Tony explains:

“Thad Jones and the Ellington Effect” is a seven part suite of pieces based on the chapters of a Masters dissertation completed some years ago and in which I attempted to show how Thad Jones had been influenced by Duke Ellington both in his writing and arranging, and in the way in which he used the jazz Orchestra he co-led with drummer Mel Lewis from 1966 to 1979.

The CD is available from Amazon in the UK and CD Baby in the US. The music will also be available for Digital Download from iTunes, Napster and all the other usual suspects before long. More info as I have it.

Buy “Thad Jones and the Ellington Effect” from Amazon.co.uk
Buy “Thad Jones and the Ellington Effect” from CD Baby.

You can also keep up with the latest news about the TFJO on MySpace.