Jazz Vehicle is based in Lincolnshire at the North Kesteven School in North Hykeham, Lincoln. The large big band consists of many students from North Kesteven School and other local schools and colleges in the area, joining together every Wednesday to play big band jazz.
The band was formed by John Crouch in 1985 to give students the opportunity to experience big band jazz. Jazz Vehicle has never received any funding and all of the proceeds from their concerts go directly to charity. The band is immensely grateful to North Kesteven School and F.L.I.N.S.O for the unstinting support they give. Jazz Vehicle has also been recently mentored by Denis Baptiste, Andy Chapman and Tom Cawley, performing with them at the Drill Hall in Lincoln to capacity audiences.
The band are going to perform Hip-Stuff which starts with a small group setting and a half time feel that gives the band the opportunity to introduce themselves to the audience. What follows next is a fresh focus and sound with everybody engaged in a "freed up" performance, the result of having no music or director. Backrow Politics refers, of course, to the trumpet section. With a joyous groove set by the pianist, this is an exuberant piece for the trumpet section with many solos.
Musical Director: John Crouch
Age range of performers: 14-19
Hip-Stuff by Pol Stone, arr Jazz Vehicle
Backrow Politics by Gordon Goodwin