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Catch up on the latest news from the South London Jazz Orchestra. Be the first to hear about upcoming concerts and find out what the band has been up to recently. Read on! 
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SLJO gets up a head of steam at the Railway Tavern. With four trombones blowing behind sax man Angus Law, how are those sunglasses staying on his head?

Feel Good with the South London Jazz Orchestra

SLJO enjoyed a hectic spring, as you'll know if you caught our April newsletter. A string of high-profile gigs included appearances at the Brighton Fringe and the Wandsworth Arts Fringe. We also helped raise money for Syrian refugees in Calais with a concert at the atmospheric Cinema Museum. And a particularly classy Friday night was spent at the National Trust's Morden Hall Park.

But a surprise favourite for many in the band was a Sunday afternoon at the Railway Tavern in Tulse Hill. In the SLJO repertoire are some terrific arrangements of Night Train, Take The A-Train, Tuxedo Junction and Chattanooga Choo Choo.

Yeah we didn't play any of those. 

Instead, a day after England conceded a leveler to Russia in stoppage time, singer Georgie Fellows (see profile below) and pianist Jeremy Clark gave drinkers a poignant rendition of Cry Me A River.

A roaring version of Benny Goodman's Sing Sing Sing, featuring drummer Jack Summerfield, ended things on a more exuberant note.

Now it's time to swing into summer. July brings the band's busiest time of the year, playing once every weekend during the month (sometimes twice). See details below about some of the up-coming gigs.

Then in early August the band is off on tour. With performances in Belgium, SLJO is doing its bit to rebuild relations with Europe. Upon our return, catch our ever-popular performance on the Greenwich Park bandstand.

Meet our...singer

Sweet Georgie does it right

Prestige venue, tickets sold, live recording, first ever SLJO concert...zero pressure. 

Or so Georgie Fellows made it seem, as she stormed the Wandsworth Fringe Festival, singing crowd pleasers such as the wonderfully named Why Don't You Do Right (Get Me Some Money, Too!) and, of course, Georgia on My Mind

"As the singer, you do feel pretty exposed standing up the front," Georgie said, but added: "The audience seemed to love it, so I guess it went pretty well." 

Georgie, 36, is one of the newest members of SLJO. A South Londoner through and through, Georgie has called South Norwood home for the past 9 years having grown up in Wimbledon. She studied Musical Theatre at Laine Theatre Arts in Epsom and regularly sings on the Bateaux London dinner cruise boats on the Thames.

Georgie is the international production coordinator for Matilda the Musical, and together with her husband Gareth owns V & A Production, a theatre and events company named after their two children Vincent and Albert.

Clearly with time to fill, Georgie auditioned for SLJO. "I've been aware of SLJO for many years, and I wanted to sing with them because not only is it a great band but they gig a lot. It's also a pretty unique opportunity to be able to sing with so many musicians. On my second rehearsal there were over 70 players!"

Georgie said she tries to emulate Keely Smith, a singer from the '50s and '60s who recorded SLJO favourite Jump, Jive an' Wail, among many other Louis Prima charts. But Georgie's tastes are broad. She's currently listening to the Wayne Newton album Mr Las Vegas.

And what's next in Georgie's musical development? Having studied flute as a child, Georgie is now teaching herself ukulele. Er...not for SLJO, Georgie.

here's a few of Georgie's other vocal numbers

It's Only a Paper Moon

My Baby Just Cares for Me

Rock Around the Clock
Saturday, July 2 - 7:30 pm
All Saints Church,
Lovelace Road, West Dulwich SE21 8JY

SLJO is joined by the South London Symphonic Winds and London Sings, our sister groups in the South London Community Music organisation, plus a guest appearance by our friends Live Band Lindy, for a very special concert in this beautiful church.

Tickets: £12, £10 Concessions
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Sunday, July 10 - 7:30 pm 
St Bartholomew's Church, 4 Westwood Hill, SE26 6QR

SLJO provides the finale for this great festival. Sydenham Arts has been running since 2009, and SLJO has been a fixture. Join us for a perfect toe-tapping close to the Summer Festival.

Tickets: £10, £8 Concessions
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Sunday, July 24 - 12 pm
Eltham Palace and Gardens, Court Yard, Eltham, Greenwich, London, SE9 5QE

Lazy Jazz Sundays at this half medieval, half art deco English Heritage treasure in southeast London are a great day out.

This concert is included with admission to Eltham Palace. Click here for more details from English Heritage.
Sunday, August 14 - afternoon
Greenwich Park Bandstand

SLJO will be playing its regular summer gig in the pretty bandstand at the top of the hill by the park cafe.

This is a free concert. Bring a picnic...and your dancing shoes.
one for your diary...

Saturday, September 17 - 11 am to 6 pm
Bermondsey Street Festival. Great community fun at the foot of the Shard.
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SLJO Chairman Alex Presland rocks a yellow hoodie to get into the spirit of sunny Brighton ahead of the band's Fringe concert.
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