December 13, 2011
Though we often associate the languid, shuffling rhythms of New Orleans style Jazz with laid back summer events, there's nothing to say that a client can't book a Trad Jazz band like the magnificent Blind Tigers for an event around Christmas Time. Sure, it's a little strange to see someone playing a washboard next to a Christmas tree, but the effect isn't entirely unpleasant.
The Blind Tigers are a roaring ramshackle collective of some of the finest young Jazz musicians from the UK's most prestigious music colleges, united by their common interest in the music of Louis Armstrong, Hoagy Carmichael, Jelly Roll Morton.
With a line-up that can expand to a raucous 6 piece or shrink to a compact threesome, the Band are a fun and energetic alternative to the usual Jazz background music. Performing as a 4 piece consisting of Bass, Sax, Guitar and Washboard; the band took guests through a set that encompasses early Jazz classics, traditional songs and even a handful of playful arrangements of modern tunes.
It might not be a choir of carollers, but when guests are knee deep in Christmas Party Season, that can often be a relief as they're temporarily transported to the deck of a steamboat, chugging along a river on a muggy afternoon in the Big Easy. Or something like that.
Take a look at the video below, and perhaps yearn for a time a few months back when you didn't have to go to sleep wearing 2 pairs of socks and ear muffs... it's been cold though hasn't it? No but really, hasn't it been cold? It has, hasn't it.
For more information on the Blind Tigers, head over to the contact section and get in touch.
By Garreth Owen