Another Brass Band Advent Calendar: 21. Sugar Blues

A sweet cornet solo in more ways than one

  • Piece: Sugar Blues;
  • Composer: Clarence Williams;
  • Arranger: Alan Morrison.

Whether you think of this song as a lovely laid back jazz piece or the after effect of eating too much Quality Street, you cannot resist this number performed by Mike Jones.

Written by Clarence Jones in 1919, Sugar Blues is, if you pardon the pun, ear candy. The original lyrics were penned by Lucy Fletcher and its first recording was made in 1922 by Leona Williams and her Dixie Band. Since then, it has been covered numerous artistes including Ella Fitzgerald and Fats Waller.

Apart from its jazz origins, this piece comes into its own as a brass band solo piece. A popular one in many a concert programme from Jan Mayan to Port Stanley. For our featured image, we could have had a picture of a Bjork single (she was in the Sugarcubes before going solo) or a fistful of Jelly Babies. Instead we chose to keep things as simple as possible. Like the piece itself, which is easier on the ear than on the soloist’s lips.

Tomorrow’s piece will depict what could be the worst form of weather on you could wish for on the Shortest Day. All will be revealed at about 2am-ish on the 22nd.

Today’s concerts

Marsden Silver Prize Band

Christmas Concert, St. Bartholomew’s ChurchChurch Lane, Marsden

Tonight sees Marsden Silver Prize Band‘s Christmas concert, in association with the Colne Valley Male Voice Choir. If you haven’t yet got your tickets, admission is £10.00 (or £5.00 for children), including tea or coffee at the interval. Wine and soft drinks will also be available for sale.

Tonight’s concert begins at 7.30pm. If you are lucky, tickets are available from Marsden Silver Prize Band at the Marsden Band ‘Ole (telephone 07514 425324) or from the Colne Valley Male Voice Choir (call Roger Fielding on 01484 846262). You can also call in to Enjoy Art on 12 Peel Street, which is open from 10am to 5pm today.

St. Bartholomew’s Church, Church Lane, Marsden, West Riding of Yorkshire, HD7 6DJ.

S.V., 21 December 2019.

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