Come and listen to the fantastic sounds of local jazz band, The JPBB, accompanied by guest singer Paul Rhodes, at a charity concert organised by friends Adrian Bashford and Gary Castle, in aid of The Chartwell Cancer Trust. The Jazz Project Big Band began in 2011, founded by Kent Youth Jazz Orchestra (KYJO) manager, Mike Taylor. He had a vision to bring all the parents, ex-players and associates of KYJO out of retirement to play in what he called ‘the old fogies band’. Through hard work and perseverance, the group eventually became a regular rehearsal band for those looking to brush up on their music reading skills and get back into ‘the swing of things’. However, in 2012 Mike was diagnosed with cancer and asked JPBB’s current manager (and drummer) Adrian Bashford to take over. Mike sadly passed away that summer, leaving Adrian to continue running the band as a tribute to Mike and a thank you for all his support of young musicians over the years. By early 2013 JPBB was back upand- running, and gaining more and more fantastic musicians along the way. Then, in a bizarre turn of events Adrian was diagnosed with Tongue Cancer in August 2013, and began Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy in the September. Because of Adrian’s headstrong nature and determination, he continued to run the band throughout his treatment, which eventually led him to find JPBB’s current MD, Mike Hatchard, who originally came just to play piano until it was decided that the band needed proper direction, and someone to tell terrible jokes at gigs! In 2014, Adrian received the all clear and was officially in remission, meaning he could really get the bit between his teeth with the band. This meant finding a regular rehearsal venue that was central to everyone. Through a friend, Adrian found The New Telegraph Club in Tonbridge (originally The British Legion). Since then, with bi-weekly rehearsals and diligence, the band has gone from strength to strength, playing a unique mix of big band classics and some more contemporary arrangements of everybody’s favourites.


Gary Castle, whose family are already supporters of The CCT, says: “The Jazz Project Big Band are delighted to be holding an event to raise funds for The Chartwell Cancer Trust as cancer has touched the lives of many of its members. It’s by holding such events we feel as though we can keep the memory of our loved ones alive and support a great cause.” The charity concert, ‘100 Years of Jazz and Swing’, will be presented on Saturday 2nd March 2019 in the Stag Plaza, London Road, Sevenoaks TN13 1ZZ – doors open at 7.30pm for 8.00pm performance. Tickets are priced at £16, and are available online from www.stagsevenoaks.co.uk or from the Box Office on 01732 450175 (open Mon to Sat 10am – 8pm, Sun 12pm – 8pm). There will be a pay bar available and a raffle. Barbara Field-Holmes, a Group Trustee of The CCT, recently had the pleasure of attending one of the band’s rehearsal sessions and said: “The band are brilliant, the music very professional and the soloists particularly talented. I thoroughly enjoyed the evening and would recommend all music lovers to buy a ticket.”

There are one or two excellent raffle prizes already donated, but we need more so please call 01959 701600 if you would like to donate a gift. We already have a Free day’s golf for two, donated by the Westerham Golf Club, a free garden clear-up from CT Landscapes, and up to £1000 worth of business coaching from Jim Jordan of Jim Jordan Consultancy Ltd.