Pictured here are the joint forces of Abingdons Big Band, together with the young jazz musicians of the Abingdon and Manor Preparatory Schools. The “Big Band Festival”, as it was named, comprised an evening of Jazz which also featured the the professional Big Colors Band from Oxford, including a number of players with Abingdon connections – Mark Doffman (a former Abingdon drum teacher), Simon Currie (sax teacher and Big Band Leader), Andy Townsend (trumpet teacher and Bandmaster), Tom Richards OA1999 (professional sax player with The Jamie Cullum Orchestra and leader of The Tom Richards Jazz Orchestra) and David Shiers (trumpet and Director of The Big Colors Big Band), a former Abingdon parent.
This innovative project enabled all the musicians to engage in the learning process of hearing top class jazz musicians and laying alongside them. The concert had a fantastic buzz and was hugely enjoyable – our thanks to Simon Currie for this wonderful idea which culminated in an enjoyable, educational and highly successful evening. We await the forthcoming Abingdon Jazz CD with eager anticipation!