Badgers Big Band MD Richard Nield is looking forward to meeting (and hopefully playing with) Terry Pack and his ‘unfeasibly large ensemble’ “Trees”.
With a career spanning more than four decades and including spells with The Enid, Cozy Powell, Graham Bonnet and Steve Hackett to name but a few, Terry has in recent years turned his focus onto jazz and improvised music. His recent musical collaborations read like a ‘who’s who’ of the British jazz scene (Claire Martin, The Cloggz, Ben Castle, Bobby Wellins, Nigel Price, Martin France).The seed for Trees was planted when Mark Bassey (trombonist/composer and educator) encouraged Terry to take his compositions to workshops, ensembles and big bands. An enthusiastic response encouraged him to write and arrange more pieces and the natural evolution of Trees began.
An ‘unfeasibly large ensemble’ performing an eclectic mix of contemporary and groove-based compositions, Trees is now an inclusive and community based group comprising up to 40 musicians at any time and augmented by guest professional musicians keen to take part in one of the most exciting new musical projects in and around Brighton. Imaginative, fresh arrangements of classic tunes fuse seamlessly with innovative compositions by the bandleader and band members alike.
Take a listen to one of their original charts…
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Another track from our concert at the Royal Spa Centre in Leamington.
Pat Metheny’s “Stranger In Town” arranged by Bob Curnow. This is one of Mr & Mrs Badgers favourite charts – a great Tenor solo from Bob Jones, some immaculate drumming from Marcus Ingham, and an emotional trumpet from Karl Steadman.
It’s been a busy 12 months behind the scenes for Mr & Mrs Badger – sadly no live music for The Badgers in the Midlands – but lots of preparing new charts (the band library has been doubled in size!) and making plans for a new start in the Brighton area.
It will be a daunting task creating a new band from scratch, but there are lots of great musicians in Sussex who will soon be exploring all of this great music from Pat Metheny, Bob Mintzer, Buddy Rich, to name just a few.
Terry Wogan has been part of my life since I was ten or eleven. I never met the man, but he was always “there” and seemed part of the family. I was deeply saddened this morning when I heard of his passing. But rather than mourn him, I have been listening to recordings of his Janet & John stories and other hilarious snippets from his breakfast show – together with his emotional farewell when he retired from that particular slot.