- The Belfast Jazz Orchestra
the musical direction of Arthur Acheson this 19 piece swing band plus
Rodney Foster has had a good year.The band plays a repertoire of Basie,
Ellington, Glen Miller and a few others and is to be heard
clip, guess soloist!) on its home ground at the Belmont Social
highlights of the year have to be the two sessions featuring firstly,
Peplowski, clarinet and saxophone player par excellence, and then the
swing saxophone star, Scott Hamilton. House-full notices were up for
performances with extra seating improvised on the dance-floor. These
relaxed gigs in a club atmosphere allowing dancing and listening alike.
Much enjoyed by all including the celebrity guest musicians and the
which rose emphatically to the occasion.
band was also privileged to welcome three high ranking players to take
rehearsals during the year; Scott Stroman,Ian McDougall and Hugh
all skilled instrumentalists and well-known teachers and
We all learnt a great deal from these sessions,(another
guess the soloist!).
will be featuring more celebrity guests next season commencing October
1999. Regular gigs are on the 1st Monday of every month, details:
Records, Botanic Ave.
- The Belfast Jazz Workshop
is a modern jazz enterprise which has rehearsed and improvised every
night throughout the year at the Old YMCA, (home of the Beat Initiative
and the Belfast Carnival, an end of June riot of primary colours,
girls and Latin American rhythms). Regretfully this venue is no longer
available to anyone.
workshop has provided local musicians, some who come from as far as
with opportunities to play jazz music styles from the forties(bebop) to
the nineties(post-bepop and beyond), (there are not that many
to play such music in this part of the world!). The practice sessions
to a successful gig in the Queen's Fringe Festival last year.
- Executive Swing
Dixieland style swing band led by trumpeter Clive Black from the BJO.To
be heard typically at the opening of new shopping centres and earlier
the year at a residency at Whites Tavern, reputedly the oldest pub in
- Oriole Jazz Band
at the Holywood
Jazz Festival (this year welcoming the return of a 78 year old Humphrey
Littleton). The Oriole band is led by trumpeter and cornet player Sammy
Orr (whose hand you can see image to the side). Sammy
sound-clip, Feb 2001 John Hewitt, Belfast.
AND BANDS FOR 2012
Tel: 02890963605/ 07779651426
piano/keyboard, clarinet, saxophone,
theory, classical, jazz