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Rewiews

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This was one of those, if I'm going to die let it be now moments

SSBB with Claire Martin

20/10/19

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PAUL BREAM

Strictly Smokin' have developed

into one of the UK's most effortlessly fluent big bands

Jazz Alert

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SIMPLY TALK JAZZ

when the band kicked in with a wall of sound that caught my breath I knew I was listening to a tight-knit group who knew how to play.

Newcastle Jazz Festival

2019

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CHRIS WALDEN

You

guys

sound

great!

Capitol Studios, LA

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The sax section chorus was a masterclass in phrasing and intonation

SSBB with Mark Nightingale

23/02/19

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LANCE LIDDLE

Stan Kenton bombastically claimed "this is an orchestra!" - Michael Lamb would be justified in doing the same!

Hoochie Coochie, June 2019

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inNEWCASTLE

sharp, precise and a pleasure to watch and listen too.

SSBB with Pete Long

23/02/22

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The band were on form having, over the years, had much experience backing name singers and instrumentalists and nothing phases them.

SSBB with Mike Lovatt

29/02/20

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NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

Without doubt, the very best big band operating in the North of England.

Hoochie Coochie, 2018