Gig Review: Clare College 2016

At the end of February, we had the pleasure of performing with the Cambridge University Jazz Orchestra – they invited us to perform alongside them on their own turf, in Clare Cellars, a thriving little jazz venue tucked away deep inside Clare College.

Aside from the opportunity for a road trip (a little taste of things to come on tour this year!), the gig was a great chance to perform outside of our usual hunting ground, and pit our jazz chops against another of the big players in the university jazz game. And our choice of repertoire was correspondingly bold, with some ambitious choices including Cruisin’ For a Bluesin’ – a highlight for me as a sax player! It was a great performance from all involved and we really won the partisan Cambridge crowd over!

CUJO, of course, have a fantastic reputation on the university jazz scene, and they didn’t disappoint! They had us all grooving along in the crowd – particular highlights were their stunning vocalists and incredible soloists, but they were a very tight band all round!

All in all, a really enjoyable gig alongside a great band. Thanks for having us CUJO!

Published on behalf of Simon Warder, (sort of) fresher tenor sax, B band.

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