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Almost Home

We are a 5 piece hardcore band from Nottingham. We're writing music that we want to hear and we hope to create some good memories and meet some new faces along the way.
We have a 4 track e.p, called 'Looking back' recorded March 2007, and since then have had an awesome time playing shows and completed a tour with NO GOOD REASON from Portugal.
The name Almost Home is inspired by a book by Damien Echols. The book 'Almost Home" is written from death row and is the true story of his life.

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Jools Holland and His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra

Best known from the T.V. show 'Later...with Jools Holland' who provide back up for guests that perform on the show. They also tour the U.K each year, normally promoting songs from their albums, which are collaborative in nature playing with names such as: George Harrison, Ringo Star, Sting, Dr John, Norah Jones, Sam Brown, Eric Clapton and many more.

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Maria Schneider

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Schneider was born in Windom, Minnesota. She moved to New York City in 1985 after attending college at the University of Minnesota, the University of Miami and the Eastman School of Music. She studied under Bob Brookmeyer and Gil Evans, working on various projects with Evans, including the film The Color of Money. Schneider formed the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra in 1993, appearing weekly at Visiones in Greenwich Village for five years. Her orchestra performed at many jazz festivals and toured Europe.

Read more about Maria Schneider on Last.fm.

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Mingus Big Band

"The Mingus Big Band is a jazz band, based in New York City, that specializes in the compositions of the late Charles Mingus. The band is managed by his widow, Sue Mingus. In addition to its weekly Monday night appearance at the Jazz Standard/Blue Smoke Barbecue in New York City, The Mingus Big Band also tours frequently in Europe and other parts of the world." The band are most notable for their very unique big band sound, which consists of many different parts all weaving around eack other to great effect.

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BBC Big Band

The BBC Big Band, originally known as the BBC Radio Big Band is a British big band run under the auspices of the BBC. Widely regarded as the UK’s leading and most versatile jazz orchestra, the band broadcasts exclusively on BBC Radio, particularly on BBC Radio 2's long running series Big Band Special. It consists of professional jazz musicians and is directed by a number of conductors. These include arranger and composer Barry Forgie, who has been the band's Musical Director since 1977, American jazz trombonist Jiggs Whigham and guest musical directors.

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Swing City

There are at least 2 groups by the name Swing City. 1) After 20 years of working bands with his brother James, drummer John Morrison branched off in 1999 in an attempt to create "Australia's best swing big band"; Swing City. The katz:
John Morrison - Drums/Leader
Alex Boneham - Bass
Tim Jenkins - Piano
Graham Conlon - Guitar
Craig Driscol - Lead Alto/Clarinet
Steve Fitzmaurice - Baritone Sax
Craig Walters - Tenor Sax
Stephan Schafer - Tenor Sax/Clarinet

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Carla Bley

Carla Bley, née Borg, (born May 11, 1936) is an American jazz composer, pianist, organist and band leader. An important figure in the Free Jazz movement of the 1960s, she is perhaps best known for her jazz opera Escalator Over The Hill (released as a triple LP set), as well as a book of compositions that have been performed by many other artists, including Gary Burton, Jimmy Giuffre, George Russell, Art Farmer and her ex-husband Paul Bley.

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Harry James

Harry Haag James (March 15, 1916 – July 5, 1983) was a popular United States musician and band leader, and a well known trumpet virtuoso. Harry James was born in Albany, Georgia, the son of a bandleader of a traveling circus. By age 10 he was taking trumpet lessons from his father. His father had him on a very strict practicing schedule every day. He was given one page to learn out of the Arban's book (a trumpet drill book) every day and could not do anything until he learned that page.

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