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Simply Jazz’s Wigan Jazz Festival Preview

Written by on 5th July 2016

Join Tom Stevens every Tuesday from 12pm until 1pm for Siren Simply Jazz only on Siren FM and online.

Relax with your lunchtime jazz as Tom plays the very best of past and present jazz and swing with the melodies from the golden age of the Big Bands.

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This week was a special one  to get you in the mood for the 31st Wigan International Jazz special 2016 which starts this Thursday 7th – 10th of July.  I’m going to play highlights and interviews from last year’s festival and tracks from the stars appearing wigan international jazz festival 2016.and also this year and interviews from last year’s wigan international jazz festival 2015 from robin hood park.  There was music from  George Formby, Georgie Fame, Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band, an interview with David Lyttle,  Wiagn youth jazz orchestra , Stan Kenton orchestra, Ian Darrington interview wigan Dream reuinion band,Andy Prior, interview with Goergina Jackson.

It is  the wigan youth jazz orchestra’s 40th Anniversary concert this Friday. It’s forty years ago that they  formed and started by Ian Darrington The multi-award winning Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra was formed in 1976 by the Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council. they are a Essentially a training ground for young musicians, the Orchestra aims to develop the skills of its members through the performance of big band music from the 1930’s to the 1990’s. The repertoire is extensive and features music from Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, Les Brown, Ted Heath, Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson and many others of today   they have over fifty performances per year. 

New director Dave Little is keen to continue the policy of WYJO tours and concerts .and since 1982 they have toured extensively . 

In 2001 Ian Darrington took the difficult decision to relaunch  Wigan youth jazz orchestra  with a younger group of musicians, ensuring that the famed wigan youth jazz  orchestra  production  line would continue  with an exciting  new lineup and many of them established  them as professional  musicians in their own  right .Ian retired from this post with Wigan Council at the end of March, 2011. and David little took over leading the orchestra.