Phoenix Nite and TVBB Curry Saathis

Pre Easter Phoenix Nite and TVBB Curry went down a storm last night. Great performances from the Tyne Valley Jazz Ensemble and Tyne Valley Youth Big Band.
No time to squeeze the TVBB in so it was off for a curry and the traditional ‘Handing over of the Whisky to our glorious MD Dave Hignett. (Straight no Chaser)
Thank you for the kind donations to the Mark Jon Bolderson Foundation who continue to keep Marks memory alive with the fantastic opportunities they are giving to young percussionists.

Tynedale Beer Festival, Corbridge.

This is the usually biggest event of our year and once again the crowds flocked to Tynedale Rugby Club. He we are perched perilously on the stage with MD Dave Hignett clinging on to avoid teetering off the edge.IMG_9558A view from Mike our Bass player. The tent filling up nicely.20180616_154743Here we see our fabulous vocalist Miss Barbara Hignett launch into ‘Minnie the Moocher’,accompanied by MD Dave Hignett (no relation) on trumpet and sink plunger.


IMG_1044It was great to see Alastair Lord putting in a guest appearance on trumpet.IMG_9569KevsIMG_9571An arty B&W one.IMG_9578

County Show Bywell

A new location this year saw us playing next to a man with performing sheep. (He was from Devon).

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TVBB, dancing sheep, traction engines & BEER from our sponsors Wylam Brewery, whats not to like?

Hexham Swing Dancers Gig

We dug out all our classic Big Band dance numbers to play at this charity event.


David in one of his first TVBB gigs and a great asset to the band.


Caroline with a fine solo


Best bib and tucker


Mark Bolderson Foundation Benefit Concert

It was a privilege to be invited by Amanda Bolderson to play at the Queens Hall to raise money for the ‘Mark Bolderson Foundation’s set up in memory of her brother Mark.


This joint gig with the Tyne Valley Junior Jazz Ensemble and the Tyne Valley Youth Big Band was hosted by local comedy star Steffan Peddie, AKA big Keith in Hebburn, who entertained us all.


TVBB had the honour of playing with two of the regions top trumpeters, Mark Webb and Darren Irwin who joined us in honour of Mark.


Mask is sadly missed by us all. In March he was finally laid to rest by his family and friends in a moving boat trip on the Tyne, his ashes being scattered opposite the Sage, a place he loved.

IMG_0872Friend and fellow percussionist Jack Ruddick donated one of his drum sticks to be floated down the Tyne with Marks ashes.IMG_0869RIP Mark.

The Fox, Hexham.

Many thanks for our friends at Bebop Spoken Here for such a great review of last nights Gig.  We had a hoot!

bebop Spoken here review

(Review/photos by Russell)
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Modest one-room pub + big band = a fun night out. Arriving at the Fox, Hexham Jazz Club’s HQ, it appeared a furniture removals business was in the process of clearing the place. Hang on…it’s the band rearranging the room! The pub’s usual bay window stage area would become front row seats for the evening as the regular seating was requisitioned by the band, that’s the twenty three-strong Tyne Valley Big Band.
The TVBB is a super-sized big band varying in number from one gig to the next. This Hexham Jazz Club engagement mustered a mere nine reeds (of which seven were female!), a paltry six trumpets (five in the section, MD Dave Hignett out front) and, had space permitted, there would have been a keyboard player working alongside the band’s rhythm section. The Pink Panther for starters, a tune the pub’s resident non-jazz fan (stationed at the bar) sheepishly conceded was a canny tune. Dave Hignett suggested he may not like the rest of the evening! In the Mood (arr. Doc Severinsen) with a flurry of soloists including Andrea de Vere on tenor and Kelly Rose, alto. Ray Charles’ Hallelujah I Love Her So, featuring a trombone blast from Simon Hirst (heard recently with the Bold Big Band), could have been any old internet download arrangement but not this one. MD Hignett made use of an invaluable regional resource to challenge and stretch the band by playing an arrangement by a well-loved bandleader, composer and arranger, the late Ray Chester. The Chester family donated Mr Chester’s vast library of arrangements to Sage Gateshead with the express intention that it was to be made available for occasions such as this at the Fox.

Band singer Barbara Hignett made a first appearance singing Route 66 then Sway (the audience did, sway that is). Uptown Funk (Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars) went global and the TVBB plays the number with gusto. The band is nothing if not prepared to turn its hand to anything. From Ronson to Sammy Nestico’s Feelin’ Free featuring the muted trumpet section and You Gotta Try.
Alto saxophonist Sophie Speed was Feelin’ the Funk as were Hignett, Kevin Moore, guitar, and a riffing band. Becky White emerged from the reeds to shine on Birdland , Barbara Hignett returned to tell us it was a Hexham Winter Wonderland which brought a close to the evening, except for a poignant finale. Earlier this year the Tyne Valley Big Band lost a friend and fine drummer when, at the age of 45, Mark Bolderson died. Mark suggested to Dave Hignett the band should play Gospel. They did, Mark got to play it, and this evening’s concert ended with the band playing it. On Dec 9th (Saturday) in Queen’s Hall, Hexham, the Tyne Valley Big Band will be taking part along with many others, including the Tyne Valley Youth Big Band and the Tyne Valley Jazz Ensemble, in a concert to help raise funds for the Mark Jon Bolderson Percussion Foundation. Tickets are available from the Queen’s Hall – telephone 01434 652477.
Dave Hignett MD, Ben Chinnery, Caroline Guirr, Andrew Guerin, Nat Haslam, Deborah Smurthwaite (trumpets); Becky White, Kelly Rose, Heidi Griffin, Matt Walker, Dianne Mays Andrea de Vere, Sophie Speed, Juliet Williams, John Knapton, (Reeds); Steve Quilliam, Simon Hirst, Dave Bradford Nick Brodin(trombones); Kevin Moore (guitar & vocals); Michael Cunningham (bass); Jack Ruddick (drums) & Barbara Hignett (vocals)

Mark Bolderson ‘More than a drummer’

We were devastated by the tragic loss of our dear friend and talented percussionist Mark Bolderson who sadly died in August.

Mark was a huge influence in the band being such a talented all round musician and great guy.  The band were privileged to play ‘Gospel’ one of Marks favourite numbers at his funeral and to be invited play at the evening celebration of Marks life at Broomley Grange.

His family have set up the ‘Mark Jon Bolderson Percussion Foundation’ whose aim is to support and encourage young percussionists in the area.

TVBB will be playing at a fundraising evening in honour of Mark on 9th December. See calendar for info.

Mark in happy times playing at the Sunderland Big Band Festival

IMG_2106 (1)CorbridgeIMG_0127This photo of Mark playing at our last official gig of the summer proudly  playing front of the Greenside Miners Banner was sadly the last big Gig we did before Marks untimely death.IMG_0349 (1)

The band have had engraved a pair of drum sticks which we have with us at rehearsals to remind us of Mark.

RIP dear friend, sadly missed by us all.

Phoenix Night

We ended the summer gigs with a joint night of Jazz with our Junior and Youth bands in our spiritual home ‘The Phoenix’ who provide us with a great space to rehearse every week.


Jazz is thriving in Hexham under Dave Hignetts direction with some enthusiastic performances from the Tyne Valley Junior Jazz Ensemble and Tyne Valley Youth Big Band.




TVBB ending the set before a quick getaway to ‘The Valley’ for the now traditional curry and handing over of the Whisky to our MD Dave Hignett.