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Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Swingshift Big Band revisits Maynard Ferguson

On Sunday 4th October Phil Shotton led his Swingshift Big Band through the first of two gigs show casing the repertoire of the extraordinary trumpeter Maynard Ferguson at Southport’s Royal Clifton Hotel.

With a very informed audience of Maynard fans this seemed a daunting task. Phil and the band are used to challenges, having tackled arrangements with a host of top line soloists; but this one was ‘something special’.

Phil had invited Northern Irish trumpet star Ryan Quigley and guest trombonist Simon Lodge to feature in the session ; and what a session it proved to be. Many said that in the 10 years the band has played at Southport Jazz, this was their finest concert.

Driving rhythm, tight section work and superb soloing from the two guests and band members through some familiar and some not so well known Maynard charts. Needless to say Ryan didn’t miss a Maynard note – brilliant high octane trumpet work.

If you missed the gig fear not! Part two of the Maynard Ferguson legacy is in 2 weeks time.
Guests Ryan Quigley and Simon Lodge will be back. For those who heard the last one also fear not – the pad will be a different set of charts.

Sunday 8th November
Doors at 1 pm and the matinee concert starts at 2 pm to 4.30 pm.
Royal Clifton Hotel Balmoral Suite.
The Promenade, Southport.
Ring SMJ tickets 01704 541790 to book.
Tickets £12.

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