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The Spanner Big Band at the Islington Proms


This concert on Saturday 12th November is one not to miss! The Spanner Big Band will play on the last night of The Islington Proms in the amazing, St James' Church, Prebend Street, N1. The band have a specially compiled programme including the sublime music of Kenny Wheeler and a one off performance of the 'Gunslinging Bird Suite' reflecting the current state of affairs across the pond... with music by the great Charles Mingus as well as original compositions and arrangements. £10/8. You can buy tickets here: Islington Prom

CD review in London Jazz News!


Check out the review or the Spanner Big Band album here at London Jazz News. You can buy the album here: 'Live' at The Gunners for £10 or you can pick one up at a gig for £5. The band play at The Gunners on October 26th, then November 2nd, 9th and 16th... The band also have a show at St James' Church, N1 on November 12th as part of the Islington Proms. You can get tickets to this event here: Islington Prom.  

10 years old today!!!


***Today*** 10 years ago.... a bag of music... a room in Tufnell Park... a bunch of great musical people... and a heap of enthusiasm... the birth of The Spanner Big Band/Spanner Jazz Punks- conjoined... what a fab time it has been... and looking like lots more fun ahead... !!!



Spanner Big Band at The Gunners & The Blues Kitchen this week…


The Spanner Big Band play The Gunners this Wednesday 5th October (8.30pm start) and The Blues Kitchen in Shoreditch on Thursday 6th October (10.30pm start). Both performances are FREE! (photo by Hannah Larkin)

Spanner Big Band news…


There is no Spanner Big Band gig at The Gunners this week but 2 gigs next week... Wednesday 5th at The Gunners and Thursday 6th at The Blues Kitchen... Oh, and check this out... Andrew Greenaway's Zappa 'Green Genes' album on Cordelia Records is nearly ready for a listen!!! can't wait... !

The Spanner Big Band are back in town…

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The Spanner Big Band start a new season on Thursday 1st September at The Blues Kitchen (10.30-11,30pm) followed by a performance at The Arlington Square Fete, Islington, N1 on Saturday 3rd September (1.30-3.30pm) and then home at The Gunners on Wednesday 7th... All these gigs are FREE entry...

Spanner merchandise

Buy these CDs for £10 each (includes p&p)


'Live' at The Gunners album cover

The new Spanner Big Band album, 'Live' at The Gunners

Ne'er-Do-Well album cover

Spanner Jazz Punks', 'Ne'er-Do-Well Adventures'

Thunderdogs album cover

The Thunderdogs album, 'Thundermental'

‘Live’ at The Gunners has arrived



The Spanner Big Band CD has finally arrived at Spanner HQ. It will be on sale at the Wednesday gigs... this week, 13th July... or you could send £8 (inc p&p) to the PayPal account at

Other news this week: On Thursday, 14th Dan Spanner will play with The Cesarians at The Sebright Arms, 31-35 Coate Street, E2 9AG. That's going to be sizzler!

On Friday 15th, Dan Spanner will play a rare gig with the legendary Thunderdogs at The Veg Bar, 45 Tulse Hill, SW2 2TJ. The band are actually rehearsing this week for this show... look out!!

Next week on Monday, 18th spannertate will play at The Gunners' open mic night...

No Spanner Big Band gig at The Gunners this Wednesday (6th July)!!

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The Spanner Big Band will play at The Blues Kitchen, Shoreditch on Thursday 7th July. On stage 10.30-11.30pm. FREE. There is NO gig on Wednesday 6th at The Gunners as there is a Euro Football match… The band are back at The Gunners the following Wednesday 13th and then again on 20th & 27th. The album, ‘Live at The Gunners’ will hopefully be on sale at the gig on 13th… watch this space!!

Dan Spanner will be playing with The Thunderdogs at The Veg Bar, Brixton on Friday 15th July. Band members are converging next week from Continental Europe to work on some old and new material for a gig in the Autumn and will play a gig to round off the rehearsals… Dan also plays a gig with The Cesarians at The Seabright Arms, Hackney on Thursday 14th July.

Gigs this week from spannertate and The Spanner Big Band


This week coming, The Spanner Big Band will play at The Gunners as usual on Wednesday. Last Wednesday the band was joined by a special guest harmonica player, Joe Powers for some blues… The band also played a double set at The Blues Kitchen where the audience went a little crazy for the pop tunes, ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ and ‘Ace of Spades’…

spannertate will be playing at The Pullens Centre in Crampton Street, SE17 on Sunday 12th June (6-10pm) along with Daisy Beau and G-Delic Eltel.