This editorial currently features in the  February issue of The Colchester Circle, available throughout the town right now.
 
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Here are just some of the events taking place this month that you can go to, safe in the knowledge of hearing some great music.

On Saturday 5th February I’m having my 40th Birthday Party in The Soundhouse at The Bull and wanted to do something a little bit special. So, I cheekily asked FuzzFace, one of my favourite Colchester bands of all time, if they’d consider reuniting for a one-off gig and I obviously caught them in a good mood because they said yes! Equally special to me was when Housework, Greg Blackman and the GrownSoul DJs also said yes. If you’ve not seen FuzzFace before it’s a must, with band members Ady Johnson, Matt Simpkins, Toby Bull and Mark Turnbull providing organ driven rock n roll that really hits the spot. This isn’t a private party so you’re all welcome to come along.

You can’t beat a bit of beatboxing (try saying that after a few sherbets) and Colchester Arts Centre   not only hosts the brilliant Shlomo on Thursday 10th February but there’s also a workshop before his ‘Mouthronica’ gig. The Masterclass with Shlomo will take you through some of the basics and a few tricks of the trade. Shlomo is regarded as one of the  world’s finest beatboxers and has worked with the likes of Bjork, Martha Wainwright, DJ Yoda, Mad Professor, Jarvis Cocker, and his very own The Vocal Orchestra. He performed at Glastonbury and on Later with Jools Holland and The Times wrote “he’s like a one-man Hollywood action film soundtrack”.

The Keep Colchester Cool Presents night at Trotters Bar is all about showcasing local acts I think you should be hearing more of. So far the night has hosted the likes of Manic Minor, Young Swells, Jack Howe, The Kipling Conspiracy, Ellie Cornell, Greg Blackman, The Jorneta Stream, Blisted Pearl, Tom Sanderson, Top Deck All Stars, Kill The Party, Slopes, DJ Huffle, Station, To Kill A Rose, Animal Noise, We Are Embassy, and The Overwrought. Manic Minor, Young Swells, Jack Howe, The Kipling Conspiracy, Ellie Cornell, Greg Blackman, The Jorneta Stream, Blisted Pearl, Tom Sanderson, Top Deck All Stars, Kill The Party, Slopes, DJ Huffle, Station, To Kill A Rose, Animal Noise, We Are Embassy, and The Overwrought.Manic Minor, Young Swells, Jack Howe, The Kipling Conspiracy, Ellie Cornell, Greg Blackman, The Jorneta Stream, Blisted Pearl, Tom Sanderson, Top Deck All Stars, Kill The Party, Slopes, DJ Huffle, Station, To Kill A Rose, Animal Noise, We Are Embassy, The Overwrought and Videotapes with plenty more to follow throughout 2011. On Thursday 17th February the night features Fick As Fieves, a great 3 piece band who had a cracking year and are destined for more of the same this year.

Every Sunday night in Stanway Rovers’ Hawthorn Suite, The Colchester Jazz Club hosts top traditional jazz bands from all over the world. Founded in 1956, The Colchester Jazz Club has a wonderful reputation for staying true to “The Spirit of Jazz’. The Club was born in the Cross Keys Public House and over the years has resided at The Plough, The Fountain, The Cups, The Garrison Warrant Officers’ Club and Sergeants’ Club, the Corn Exchange, the Albert Hall, Langenhoe Lion and Colchester Youth House, before moving to Stanway in 1987. I think the Colchester Jazz Club is an unsung hero on the local music scene and deserves our support. The Club offers a membership system but guests are always welcome. This month sees The Sussex Jazz Kings (6th), Johnny Rodger’s Hot Six (13th), Colin Kingwell’s Jazz Bandits (20th) and Mike Barry’s Uptown Gang (27th) provide the chance for a Sunday stomp!

Ben Howard

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