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  1. My dad and my uncle were both drummers, and from the 40's/50's (uncle) and 60's (dad) onwards both played in loads of different groups. (They're both still around, BTW, lest anyone think this is a sad/emotional tale!) My uncle in particular had his own band which, until about 15 years ago, was still gigging. I think it was a 'dance band' i.e. they did stuff for ballroom dancing, RAF gigs, that sort of thing, but I'm not 100% on that. Anyway, back then he gave me three or four boxes of his band arrangements. They're all hand-written charts but good quality paper, not just printer paper or whatever. The tunes are sort of sub-big-band type stuff I think, These boxes have been following me round for many years and to be honest I've barely ever looked into them. The boxes themselves are now falling apart, and I don't really have the inclination to rebox it all up and keep it, but on the other hand there's probably some decent charts and there's a bit of post-war history in them. Before I chuck them out, does anyone know of any groups or organisations which might be able to use them or want them? Edit: oh, and my uncle won't want it back, he gave it all to me as he was giving up playing in bands due to his age.
  2. Would love to but I think I’d need a bit more time, practice and ability! Good luck with it!
  3. I thought they’d split after their last round of gigs, but happy to be proven wrong!
  4. Really good film, and the live stuff is great. Such a shame they that after all that they couldn’t get on...
  5. I have wrist/arm problems of this nature too. At my desk, I moved from a mouse to a trackpad (like a large laptop pad) and that means you’re generally moving your arm rather than your wrist with a mouse. Playing wise, I found a tennis elbow support helped when it was really bad - it sits up by your elbow and somehow the compression releases pressure on the tendons. I wouldn’t use something than compresses the forearm as it could add to the pressure on the tendons.
  6. This is mine, just recently put together, so sorry about wobbly pedal and dodgy patches!
  7. My better half’s criticism mainly stems from there being “no words” to sing along to... We we could have done L42 or Incognito and that’d probably have been fine, but I just fancied some “proper” jazz! Next year I’ll suggest she and the boy go shopping in the more “jazz” end of the spectrum and I’ll go as Billy no mates!
  8. I picked one up to use in addition to the Soul Food, and its exactly as you describe on the lower settings. I’ve not noticed any tone suck - it does have two different voicings for guit and bass too.
  9. Yep, I saw TBP too. Really enjoyed it - quite challenging at times, and my wife said it “felt like being physically assaulted” and made her really angry too. She’s not a musician, BTW 😉 We saw Kizzy Crawford and Yola too - both “not jazz” but very enjoyable nonetheless. I was was a bit disappointed at the line up this year, but I suppose they have to balance pleasing the hardcore with actually selling tickets and accessibility. My highlight was Billy Cobham a few years ago.
  10. Yes please! Let me know how much etc and I'll ping you moneys!
  11. I struggle with this too. Until recently we tended to rehearse until about 10.30ish, and I’d be home about 11, but it was always difficult to sleep afterwards, and after a gig I’d be in around 1am, but wouldn’t be asleep until 2.30/3am. I generally have to sit down, maybe watch some tv or read a book for half an hour or so. I think it’s in part the adrenaline from performing, and then the quite stressful load outs too.
  12. Don’t suppose there’s any desire to sell the E-G strings (ie the regular 4 strings) of the used Honeys is there?
  13. Aaagh, JUST bought a Snark brand new. Damn. GLWTS!
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