Summer with Notebenders
by Music at King Edward's School, Birmingham
It’s been another amazing summer for Notebenders, the Ladywood based community big band. First, a main-stage slot at the Moseley Jazz Festival in Moseley Park, a hidden gem just off the high street. It was a slightly nerve-wracking, but exciting feeling looking out over the crowd; I’m glad we were all in it together.
Next, the Birchfield Jazz Festival, a smaller, friendlier event with delicious, home-made Jamaican and African food in a local church. The acoustics were incredible and the reception genuinely warm.
Finally, the renowned big band afternoon at the Spotted Dog in Digbeth, an annual gathering of rowdy jazz fanatics. As well as awesome music (check out the incredible jazz flautist, Gareth Lokrane), there was a ready supply of great food and, for those of us playing, a free bar!
The best thing is being part of the music-making and coming together with some brilliant musicians to have fun. Roll on next year!
Owen Swanborough, Removes