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Anglo Saxman - Belgium is treated to some cool sounds from Nigel Grice.

Belgium to Bermondsey and a new base in Brixton

From enough sound equipment to power a decent rave, to tubular bells and timpani, to a little bag of clothes pins, it all had to be packed up and put in the van.

SLJO moved to a new rehearsal venue this month, together with its two sister groups - South London Symphonic Winds and London Sings. Members of all the groups pitched in to move the equipment accumulated over the 5 years we spent in our recent space. It was a big project, and like all the best big projects involved a lot of plywood.

The South London Jazz Orchestra is the UK's hardest working amateur big band, but that's supposed to be measured in minims not muscle aches!

However, all the heavy lifting was worth it, as our new space is terrific. We haven't moved far, just from Ilford Road in Camberwell to Mostyn Road in Brixton. We're located in the Mostyn Road Methodist Church and hope to do some concerts there. South London Community Music will remain very much part of the South London Community.

More information on how we are settling in in the next newsletter. For now there is still time to enjoy the last bits of Indian Summer and recall some of our great summer gigs, including another storming performance on the Greenwich Park Bandstand with our dancing friends Live Band Lindy. 

But the big event of the summer was the band's trip to Belgium, and Ros Walford has a full report below.

And the year's not yet over. We have a few fun gigs planned for the Autumn, with the first being this Saturday, September 17 at the Bermondsey Street Festival. This is our second appearance at this lively community event, and this year we have the prime late afternoon slot, so do come along to swing in the shadow of the the Shard.

SLJO on tour

Sax, Beer and Roche-en-Ardennes

By Ros Walford (shown with the original Sax man)

The South London Jazz Orchestra first toured Belgium in 2011. Five years on, the Belgians wanted us back. So in early August, our merry band of players boarded the Eurostar once again, this time to wow the crowds in La Roche-en-Ardennes, near the border with Luxembourg.
 
La Roche is a pretty town with a castle and a gentle river running through it. The town was the centre of the action during the World War II Battle of the Bulge and is home to the Archouffe Brewery, which uses fresh spring water to brew impeccable beer. We spent three nights at Hotel Floréal, a grand, fairy-tale castle, which, luckily, was large enough to host the biggest big band in the UK. 
 
The tour kicked off with a gig in the nearby Walloon city of Dinant – the home, appropriately enough, of Adolphe Sax. The gig, held in a magnificent Gothic cathedral beneath a cliff-top citadel, was a roaring success. It ended with the audience dancing in the aisle to Sing Sing Sing, brilliantly drummed by guest drummer Ollie Sears.
 
The next day, we spent a sunny afternoon playing a relaxed gig in La Roche’s main plaza, as part of a medieval festival that continued inside the castle with falconry and son et lumière performances.
 
Gigs complete, our wonderful band members Nigel Grice and John Bayley set off with a van full of instruments for the return journey to the UK. Meanwhile, the rest of us spent 24 hours in Brussels, sightseeing and tasting some of the beer and chocolate that Belgium is so famous for.
 
The tour was a huge success and so much fun. Thankfully, the Belgians seemed to love us just as much this time around. We hope they’ll welcome us back in five years’ time – and we promise to spend even more on beer and chocolate next time!

Saturday, September 17 - 4:30-6:30 pm
Bermondsey Street Festival, Leathermarket Gardens, map

Come along to this great community event at the foot of the Shard.
Sunday, October 9 from 9 am to noon
Royal Parks Half Marathon, Hyde Park Bandstand

Join SLJO in support of the runners at this autumn fixture. Plenty of food and drink and a great atmosphere in Hyde Park.
new charts the band is working on this autumn

Moanin'

Sun Valley Jump

Blues for Mr P
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Tribute to saxophone inventor Adolphe Sax in Dinant. That's got to be bari at least!
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