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A Jazz Education (Cambridge University Big Band)

By | Published on Wednesday 31 August 2011

Brass bands are a quintessential part of British summertime, so to have one visiting Edinburgh from Cambridge in soggy, pre-autumnal days like these is a godsend. Whilst the performance received a standing ovation, it had its faults: some, such as the tremulous vibrato of the trombones and trumpets, added to the charm. Others, namely the two singers’ respective attempts to impersonate Michael Bublé and Shirley Bassey – and often going horribly off-key with the latter – noticeably amateurised the high technical standard, but nevertheless, they had enough stage charisma to produce smiles from the audience. The golden moment was the band’s hauntingly wistful rendition of ‘Sway’, which offered us something rather different. In all, a sunny performance with some rain clouds.

City Edinburgh, 25 – 27 Aug, 3.00pm (4.00pm), £5.50 – £7.50, fpp208.
tw rating 3/5