CHILLI JAZZ SHOW NEWS
THE BIG BAND HEAT
18th NOVEMBER 2.00PM
DOUBLE INTERVIEW SPECIAL
Tom Talks with
Bandleader of Big Phat Band
"one of the most exciting large jazz ensembles on the planet"
Award winning jazz pianist and composer
“Iles is one of the most refreshing figures to have emerged in the UK
scene in recent times"
Part 1 of a 9 Part Special on the legendary stride pianist
Thomas Wright “Fats” Waller
Presented by Drummer and Band Leader
NEW SHOW !!!!! Todd's Turntable
THURSDAY'S 8.00pm - 9.00pm
CHILLI JAZZ RADIO IS VERY PROUD TO PRESENT
“one of Britain’s foremost singers and entertainers”
CHILLI JAZZ ON THE ROAD
East Kirkby Air Show 2023
BIG BAND AND BEYOND
1st AUGUST - 8pm
Special Guest - Georgina Jackson
RECORD OF THE WEEK
31st July - 6 August
The Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra
New release - "All The Things We Are"
Formed in 1976 by Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council this multi-award winning band aims to train and develop the musical skills of its members through the performance of big band music from 1930’s to the present day. Over the years, WYJO has received many national and international honours, most notably from the BBC Radio Big Band Competition, the Daily Telegraph Young Jazz Competition and the National Festival of Music for Youth. In 2010 they were runners-up in the Great North Big Band Festival at Sunderland University and in 2014 and 2015 were the winners of this prestigious trophy.
As a result of their high standards, the orchestra has worked with a number of the world’s top musicians including Maynard Ferguson, Bobby Shue, James Morrison and many more.
Since 1985 the Orchestra has released ten albums, which have sold to over twenty-five countries and have been played on radio stations throughout the world. The most recent recording features guest soloist Eric Marienthal and was recorded live at Wigan International Jazz Festival in 2016 on the occasion of the band’s 40th anniversary.
Up until 2011 WYJO was directed by Dr Ian Darrington MBE. Upon Ian’s retirement, former WYJO member and now Wigan’s Head of Music Service David Little has served as the band’s MD and their new cd is "All The Things We Are" was launched at the 2023 wigan international jazz festival in July 9th off July
NEW SHOW !!!!!!
Presented by Drummer and Band Leader
BIG BAND AND BEYOND
Tuesday 4th July - 8.00pm
Listen to Paul Rigby with special guest
One of the UK's leading
Composers, Arrangers, Orchestrator and Band leaders
Callum Au is a British composer, arranger, orchestrator, and trombonist. He writes music across a wide range of genres, with a particular passion for big band and large jazz ensemble music. He is highly regarded for his stylistic awareness and versatility, and has worked with some of the world’s biggest artists.
He came up from the ranks of National youth jazz orchestra he has worked with some of the world’s biggest artists, Quincy Jones, Michael Bublé, and the Metropole Orkest.” And just recently the SWR Big Band.
More recently, he had the pleasure of writing two new arrangements for Michael Bublé’s album ‘Higher in 2022
The Big Band Heat
8th July 2.00pm
The Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra and an interview with Stan Kenton Lead Trumpet Player Mike vax
With blessing of Leslie Kenton, Stan’s eldest daughter – who had represented the interests of her father before her untimely passing in 2016 – we continue to keep the Kenton Legacy alive. The band features new music written in Kenton style, plus some of Stan's most well-recognized tunes.
Alumni from the 1956 – 1978 Stan Kenton Orchestras – plus some wonderful young new members – come together to perform for festivals, clinics, concerts, cruises and dances.
The band makes tours around the United States every year. We perform some of the well-known music of the Stan Kenton Orchestra; plus, in keeping with Stan’s insistence on not just performing nostalgia type music, we also perform fresh new material written in the Kenton style, as well as original material written by members of the Band. We are NOT trying to be the “Stan Kenton Orchestra,” but we are carrying on his tradition of dedication to creative music and to jazz education.
The goals of the band are to perform meaningful music, talk about the importance of the jazz heritage in America, bring jazz music to young people, and to offer our audiences a relaxed, entertaining atmosphere.
Leader Mike Vax has led a big band off and on since his days at College of the Pacific 60 years ago. A few of his credits include being first trumpet, soloist and road manager of the Stan Kenton Orchestra, as well as being co-leader while Mr. Kenton was recovering from surgery; playing lead trumpet in Clark Terry’s Big Bad Band, leading the Dukes of Dixieland in New Orleans; producing and/or music directing for over 50 jazz festivals; and performing workshops for more than 3000 high schools, colleges and universities all over the world. Mike now lives in Northern Arizona and still travels on the road many months a year. Mike is a signature artist for The Warburton Company and plays Warburton horns and mouthpieces exclusively including the “Vaxinator” Model Trumpet.
THE JAZZ SET
5th July - 8.00pm
TOM TALKS WITH PETE CATER
ONE OF THE UK'S GREATEST DRUMMERS AND LEADER OF THE PETE CATER BIG BAND
In 1997 Pete had to put the big band on hold for an extended tour of Japan with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, but immediately on his return to England work was concluded on the debut album “Playing With Fire” which helped to spread the word beyond UK shores and resulted in Pete being a shoo-in for Big Band of the Year in the British Jazz Awards 2000, and Critic’s Choice the following year.
In 2002 Pete was elevated to the ranks of British jazz royalty when he was first choice to replace the late Ronnie Verrell (‘Animal’ from the Muppet Show) in the Best of British Jazz, an all-star sextet under the leadership of trombonist Don Lusher. Pete also appeared regularly with Don Lusher’s big band until Lusher passed away in 2006.
“Don was the epitome of what a professional musician should be, not just as a player but also as a man. I’ve never worked for anyone who treated the people around him with so much respect, and the fact that we became so close in his final years was really quite an honour”.
Also during this period Pete worked with electronica pioneer and big band tyro Matthew Herbert on the crossover album “Goodbye Swingtime”, which resulted in live performances all over the world, from the Shanghai Jazz Festival to the Hollywood Bowl. Pete taught jazz drums for many years at the renowned Drumtech academy in London, and remains in demand for clinics, masterclasses and drum shows. Of recent times he has appeared at the National Drum Fair, The Rhythm Course organized by the International Drum Foundation, and a one-off concert to mark Buddy Rich’s 90th birthday entitled “The World’s Greatest Drummer” which also featured appearances from Ian Paice, Steve White and Ian Palmer amongst others.
Most recently Pete has appeared in a number of concerts with the big band where the emphasis has been on re-examining the Buddy Rich repertoire, and the October 2007 London concert ‘The Man From Planet Jazz’ was an enormous success. In 2002 Pete was elevated to the ranks of British jazz royalty when he was first choice to replace the late Ronnie Verrell (‘Animal’ from the Muppet Show) in the Best of British Jazz, an all-star sextet under the leadership of trombonist Don Lusher. Pete also appeared regularly with Don Lusher’s big band until Lusher passed away in 2006.
“Don was the epitome of what a professional musician should be, not just as a player but also as a man. I’ve never worked for anyone who treated the people around him with so much respect, and the fact that we became so close in his final years was really quite an honour”. Pete Cater is a self taught natural drummer just like Buddy Rich. Buddy appeared on a vaudeville stage with his parents when he was two years old. By a remarkable coincidence Pete's childhood was spent alongside his father's band and he appeared on television when he was also two years old. Thirty four years later and the scene changes. The child prodigy has become the leader of the band- Pete now fronts one of the most progressive and exciting bands in Britain and is currently experiencing a breath- taking rise to fame. critics and musicians began to sit up and take note after a tumultuous reception at the Jersey Jazz Festival in 1998. Suddenly, here was a band which was drawing on the core values and experience of the great big bands of the past and then projecting into he twenty-first century.
RECORD OF THE WEEK +
19TH JUNE FOR 2 WEEKS!!!!!!
Anthony Strong he was born in Croydon, Surrey, Englandand educated at Whitgift School, the Royal Academy of Music, the Purcell School, and The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he received a bachelor's degree in jazz piano. During his final years as a music student, Strong worked as a sideman and session musician with Charlotte Church, Michael Bolton, Marti Pellow, and Jocelyn Brown, and appeared on television shows.
In 2009, Strong recorded his debut album, Guaranteed!, written with Guy Mathers and Jamie Pullen and featuring eight originals and a version of "I Won't Dance", with performances from singer Natalie Williams, vibraphonist Lewis Wright, and double bass player Tom Farmer of Empirical.
In 2011, he appeared on Friday Night Is Music Night with actors from the Royal Shakespeare Company and on BBC Radio 2's New Year's Eve special at the Savoy Ballroom, where he performed "Baby, It's Cold Outside" as a duet with Paloma Faith. He was the piano player for Adrien Brody in the 2011 Super Bowl commercial Stella Artois's "Crying Jean". Strong also took on an understudy role as Jerry Lee Lewis in the West End musical Million Dollar Quartet, during which time he released his second record, Delovely, a five-track EP of standards with one original by Strong and Mathers, "Going Nowhere". Strong and Mathers's songs are published as an occasional series in Areté.
He is associated with the city of Paris, where he supported B.B. King at Le Grand Rex and played twelve shows at Le Duc des Lombards.
In January 2013, it was announced that he had signed a recording contract with Parisian label Naïve Records, which released "Stepping Out" in 2013.
In 2015, he released his album On a Clear Day. And 2019 he released Me And My Radio And 2023 he Released Easy sailing .
The Big Band Heat
24 JUNE 2.00PM
Featuring interviews with
Kevin Kosovich of the USAF Airmen of Note
Local Sleaford Band Leader Jim McQuade of Miller Magic
Kevin Kosovich of the USAF Airmen of Note
Master Sgt. Kevin Cerovich is a trombonist with the Airmen of Note, The United States Air Force Band, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C. A native of Overland Park, Kansas, his career in the Air Force began in 2012 when he joined the United States Air Force Academy Band, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colorado, performing with the Falconaires, the Concert Band and Marching Band.
Before joining the Air Force, Cerovich moved to New York City in 2008 to further his music career and was quickly hired by jazz piano icon Eric Lewis with whom he toured internationally and recorded on the 2009 Sony Pictures soundtrack, "Dark Country." He then recorded and toured for several years with French music legend Charlelie Couture in Europe and Canada. Before joining the Air Force Cerovich was a member of the Charlie Persip Big Band and the National Jazz Museum in Harlem All Stars. His work was nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2015. Cerovich has also performed with the Michael Dease Big Band, Jay McShann, Elliot Mason, and Kevin Mahogany among others.
Cerovich's Air Force career highlights include the Jazz Heritage Series concerts with Steve Turre, Terell Stafford and Peter Erskine and performances at the Hartford, Atlanta, and Detroit Jazz Festivals. Cerovich also participated in several Airmen of Note recordings including "Airmen of Note," and "Veterans of Jazz." In 2015, Cerovich deployed with a small group from The U.S. Air Force Band who traveled to Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan and Afghanistan in support of diplomatic and troop morale initiatives as a part of Operation Resolute Support.
A graduate of the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music, Cerovich holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Trombone. There, while studying with Bobby Watson and Paul McKee, he won numerous awards including the 2007 International Trombone Association's JJ Johnson Jazz Competition and the Eastern Trombone Workshop's Solo Jazz Competition. Before leaving Kansas City, Cerovich released his debut album, "The Last Spring" featuring his quartet playing all original compositions.