On November 11th, 2014, a new work by Ed Puddick will be performed by more than 550 children from the Greater Manchester Music Hub as part of the Music For Youth SCHOOL PROMS. The Royal Albert Hall will be the venue for this world premiere of “Secret Music” – a 13 minute piece for Jazz Orchestra and Choir, based on the poem of the same name by war poet Siegfried Sassoon. It will be the main feature of the evening’s performance which will include young musicians from all over the UK. Tickets are on sale now so please visit the MFY website for full details.
British trumpet legend Noel Langley has recently launched his new website and proudly lists the Ed Puddick Big Band amongst the star-studded list of artists he has worked with. Noel has been a regular member of Ed’s big band for many years and features on the 2010 album Guys & Dolls which is available from this site. Ed looks forward to working with Noel even more in the future and wishes him the best of luck with his beautiful new album ‘Edentide‘.
Now on SoundCloud are five tracks recorded live at The Gunnersbury Arms in Chiswick, west London on November 24th 2013. These tracks were amongst the highlights of a very enjoyable gig for everyone present. Visit Ed’s SoundCloud page to hear these pieces in full, as played by the Ed Puddick Big Band featuring Sam Bullard (alto), Tommy Andrews (tenor), Colin Mills (bari), Noel Langley (trumpet), Nick Smart (flugel), Jimmy Adams (trombone), Chris Allard (guitar) and Ryan Trebilcock (bass).
Claire Teal, presenter of BBC Radio 2 Big Band Special chose “Take Back Your Mink” from the Ed Puddick Big Band album ‘Guys & Dolls’ as one of the tracks featured in her programme, which was broadcast on Sunday 17th November. For a limited time the episode can be heard by visiting http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03hmllg. Claire plays the track after the ‘diary’ section of the show (approx. 1h 55m) during which she reminds her listeners of the forthcoming Ed Puddick Big Band performance at the Gunnersbury Arms in Chiswick, at 12.30pm on Sunday 24th November. For more details on this and other forthcoming performances please visit the events page.
On Sunday 24th November the Ed Puddick Big Band will be making their debut at the Gunnersbury Tavern in Chiswick, London, W4 5RP. This is the newest jazz venue in London and has hosted many of the finest bands in the UK since opening earlier in 2013. The music starts at 12.30 and there is fantastic pub food available from the bar. Admission is £10, a bargain for two hours of the best big band music in town. Visit the website for full details of all the Sunday Jazz events at this fantastic new venue.
On Thursday 11th July the Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra performed Ed’s “Gil Evans Suite” in it’s entirety on the opening night of the 2013 Wigan International Jazz Festival. Video recordings of this performance are now available on YouTube. Please follow this link http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhi9zt_hahlZlyGtWK2QPvrWh9329GK7B
On 14th April the Ed Puddick Big Band will be making their annual trip to Botany Bay Cricket Club near Enfield to perform as part of the Googlies Jazz Club “Big Band Sundays” series. The personnel for this gig has now been confirmed and boasts some star names from the British jazz scene. The trumpet section will be lead by the London Jazz Orchestra’s Noel Langley, with support from rising start Reuben Fowler and BBC Big Band soloist Martin Shaw. The saxophone section also features a BBC Big Band member Martin Williams on tenor, alongside established performers and educators Martin Hathaway on alto and Mick Foster on baritone. Completing the section will be Tom Challenger on tenor. Simon Walker, Andy Lester and Andy Flaxman will be manning the trombones alongside the irreplaceable Jim Rattigan on French Horn. On guitar will be Chris Allard, Tom Farmer will play bass and the rhythm section will be completed by the distinctive sound of Paul Clarvis on the drums. The music starts at 3pm so we hope to see you all there for a wonderful afternoon of music. Booking in advance is highly recommended for this event so please visit the googlies website for full details.
A video of the Sydney Jazz Orchestra performance of Ed’s arrangement of ‘Nimrod’ is now available on YouTube. Click here to visit the site and hear this charming version of Elgar’s hauntingly beautiful melody played by a fantastic group of Australian musicians on a gig in February 2013. Hopefully this will be the first of many performances of Ed’s music ‘down-under’!