Firstly, a little review of The Residence, Nantwich
We'd been asked by Al Dean to play this venue at rather short notice to himself, as he was compiling the programme for Nantwich Jazz Blues and Music Festival that very day... and always being the helpful souls that we are, we said yes... because we can... and to be honest, the venue didn't disappoint.
Through the Georgian front door (Which is huge!!) and into the reception area where we were to play, Al along with Tom Seals and his band, were packing away.. and I (Sheena), stood aghast at the beauty of the place... Ornate fireplace, marble checkered floor deep gray walls, purple curtains.. WOW! Anyway don't take my word for it, check out the website....
We did a full 2 hour set and despite us not thinking we did that well, we went down a storm. Lots of people waving, singing along and giving us the thumbs up.. What a warm and welcoming crowd! It can be said that Nantwich Jazz Blues and Music Festival is simply one of the best events in the country. The whole town comes alive... I even chatted to a woman who had travelled all the way from Bristol with her husband and she was extolling our virtues.. which was lovely to hear. Managed to catch the amazing "Zoot Serious and the Bellyful of Bop" too in the marquee... which got the crowd started, jumping and jiving!!
We're playing The Malbank on Monday, looking forward to that one too!
Well, while the majority of people are snuggled up watching TV and eating chocolate eggs on Easter Sunday, we went off to Tremolo Studios to do some more work on our tracks, which are taking shape nicely, I hasten to add. We were ably abetted in our shenanigans by Katharine Lousie Luff, an amazingly talented young lady (I know she'll blush at that!), who is an outstanding brass player.. Not content with just playing Euphonium, she plays trombone, trumpet and soprano cornet (and is rather handy on guitar and a few other instruments too)...Anyway, I digress.. The purpose of the exercise today was to put some "brass bits" in a couple of the tracks...
In the studio time takes on a life of its own... Before we knew it 3 hours had passed and we were nowhere near completing the brass bits on just one song!! However, once Katharine had worked her magic, and layered up the varying bits that she had composed, and we listened back to it... It sounded, well.. just beautiful!
Just leaving Dan to work a little more of his magic, and with Graeme's ear, trimming, switching and generally making the song fabulous. Its still not finished... sadly, we ran out of time today.. However, we'll be back in soon and generally get to work on the other tracks to create a CD worthy of the creativity involved in its inception.