What’s on at Hedsor Jazz this week?
We have a return of The Clive Burton Celebration Quintet, which means a return of Mike Wills on reeds with Lester Brown on trumpet and of course, our regular trio of piano bass and drums, this week Ken McCarthy on keyboard, Al Pirrie on bass and Mike Jeffries on drums.
|The C B C Q in March this year|
For those of you not familiar with the name “Clive Burton”, Clive was the originator of the jazz you now hear every week at The Hedsor Bar. “Jazz Angels” supported The Clive Burton Quintet at Hedsor from 2002 until Clive’s death from cancer in 2017. Mike Wills, with Martin Hart and the 2 other band members of the time, invited Lester to replace Clive on the front line. So this week we will probably hear some of the tunes that Clive liked to play. "Jazz Angels" STILL continues to financially support Hedsor Jazz
Life has moved on, and we now have a very varied selection of musicians come to play for us at Hedsor, all built on the foundations laid down by The Clive Burton Quintet.
And those musicians have provided some wonderful music over the years. We are slowly progressing to the end of 2023, and the selection and quality of the music we have had at Hedsor this year has been better than ever. Last week, ex Humph saxophonist Karen Sharp came and played Hedsor Jazz alongside trumpeter Stuart Henderson, backed by Martin Hart on drums, Nigel Fox on keyboard, and one of the world’s best bass players Andy Crowdy.
Yes, we are truly blessed with jazz at Hedsor played by leading exponents of the genre and this jazz session was no exception in being truly marvellous. My photos are below.
Our 3 concerts planed for December bear witness to our continuing quality. See the poster for December below. Do make sure you come to one or all of the Thursdays listed especially our party on December 21st. It will be special, and it will have a selection of party foods for you to nibble. No increase in our entry fee of £10 for this one. PLEASE NOTE however that all of our concerts in December AND FROM JANUARY ON will start at 8pm NOT 8.30pm as has been our norm up till now.
Clive Burton was the trombone player for Keith Vitty’s “Century Jazz” and around 1999 they recorded an album “Into The Next Century”. I feel that we have managed to continue that mandate.
Keith died of bowel cancer in 2002, and we have continued to raise money for Cancer Research UK by selling used Jazz CD’s at our Thursday session and this year alone nearly £300 so far has been paid in. So perhaps you too could take a look at what is in the box for just £1 this week!