Archive for November, 2008

Nottingham Jazz on BBC1!*

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

Hurrah! We were on BBC1. OK, only John was on the East Midlands regional news for approx 0.5 seconds at the beginning of BBC East Midlands Today’s piece on the Sports Awards. Luckily I recorded it - only after a few replays did I notice myself standing on the far left of the shot. This must have been after we finished the first set. It’s definitely me though. If you look really carefully you can see Nicky’s elbow!

BBC East Midlands Sports Awards 2008

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

Nottingham Jazz was delighted to be chosen to perform at tonight’s BBC East Midlands Sports Awards 2008 in Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall. The band’s lineup for this event included two top quality local freelance jazz musicians: Martyn Spencer, who teaches double bass in Nottingham; and Nicky Jaques, one of Nottingham’s finest saxophone teachers.

We were pleased to receive admiring glances off many of the 400 VIPs and sports stars, including local legend Rebecca Adlington (who went on to win the 2008 Sports Personality Award) and TV sports hero John Inverdale, amongst countless other glitterati from civic, sports and business spheres.

We are hopeful that some of our jazz was caught on camera, and eagerly await tomorrow’s East Midlands Today bulletin to see if we’ve made it onto BBC1!

First post

Friday, November 21st, 2008

This is Nottingham Jazz’s first post! This blog will be used to post all sorts of weird and wonderful observations, not just about jazz, but about anything that’s likely to drive more traffic to our website…call my a cynic, but the more links we get pointing to this site, the better!

I’ve not quite yet figured out how best to link the blog to the main site, and vice versa, but hopefully this can be done without too much of a headache.

Check back soon for updates.