Tuesday, January 20, 2015

This Week at Hedsor Jazz:-

we have another session with our regular band, The Clive Burton Quintet, and again, for the second of his 3 weeks with us, we have Mike Jeffries as our drummer.

Mike, with his now replaced, 1970's drum kit.

Do come along, especially this week, and support live jazz.

I appreciate that you may also be going out on Saturday to support an Evening of Ineluctability in Cookham, (see earlier blog) but I can assure you that this Thursday there will also be a worthy celebration! I can say no more, my lips a sealed! (No NOT SWALK!! I should be so lucky), BUT one of our number has achieved a milestone, and celebrations there will be!

The following Thursday, January 29th, we have coming to us one of our most popular guest musicians, Vasilis Xenopoulos. A master of the instrument, having qualified as such from Berkley Collage of Music in Boston, Mass. Do check out their web site:-

Vasilis was last at Hedsor with his new band “Wind Machine” in August 2014. This time he will become part of the Clive Burton Quintet just for the evening.

Vasilis alongside Clive on another occasion.

Don’t forget Hedsor Jazz is every Thursday, and except on our Gala nights, the music starts at 8.30 pm in The Hedsor Social Club, Hedsor Road, Bourne End, Bucks. SL8 5ES.

Come and join us, tell your friends!!

Aim for the telephone box, you cant have the door, someone else had more accurate aim!!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Good Morning Jazz Fans

This week at Hedsor Jazz we have again our regular Clive Burton Quintet, but this week with guest drummer Mike Jeffreys in place of Martin Hart. 

It was good to get back to our regular weekly jazz sessions last week after one of the longest gaps in our (now) 13 year history of Jazz at the Hedsor Social Club. We are so used to jazz EVERY week, that the 2 Thursdays without our regular live music fix, caused by Christmas Day and New Years Day being on a Thursday this year, meant our ears were feeling in need of a little jazz refreshment!

BUT, until the days coincide like that again, we will be with you EVERY WEEK from now on. And we have some exciting NEWS! Greek saxophonist Vasilis Xenopoulos will be with us on January 29th!! See poster artwork below. Please print and put up in a (legal) public place to encourage newcomers!!

Vasilis will also be appearing at Woodley with our regular drummer Martin Hart on February 7th

If you are free on Saturday January 24th then a slightly more traditional jazz evening could be yours. Every year Cookham's own home grown trad band play an evening of Ineluctability ( go on, look it up!) in The Pinder Hall at Cookham. This year of 2015 is no exception, and tickets  are available from Cookham Hardware and Country Stoves

This is always an entertaining evening, and Hedsor Jazz Fans who come MAY be surprised at who they see playing!! Oh, and by the way, on some numbers you will be able to sing along as well!! 

So wherever you go don't forget, to keep live jazz alive, we need an audience!!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year

Hi Folks,

I'd just like to wish you all a Happy New Year for 2015. 

We have some happy memories from 2014, and if you would like to copy and paste the link below you can download all the music from our Christmas Party Show. I will keep this available for about 1 month, after which I will take the files off, so do download the files now and burn your own CD's of the show.

We have some super gigs to look forward to in 2015, starting again at 8.30 pm on January 8th with our regular quintet.

On January 29th we will have another in our long line of famous guests joining the Clive Burton Quintet, non other than Vasilis Xenopoulos!! put it in your New Diary NOW.

That link:-


Some of the Photos of the show:-

Alan Grahame
Gill Cook
 A Guest
 Clive, Stuart Henderson, "Tolly", and Mike Wills
Gill Cook and Ken Rankine
 Clive, Martin Hart, Gill and Ken
 A Guest
 Stuart Henderson
Stuart and Steve pickings

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Just a brief reminder 

for everyone that tomorrow night is our Christmas Party at Hedsor Jazz. It would be lovely to see you all. Singer Gill Cook heads our star guest list, with Alan Grahame on vibes, Stuart Henderson trumpet, “Tolly” on tenor sax, all alongside The Clive Burton Quintet. There could even be some sitters in from past Hedsor Jazz gigs. Its live jazz, so you never know!

After the 18th, our next regular weekly jazz club nights start on January 8th. I think that is probably the longest gap we ever have!!

Do remember Hedsor jazz, with its regular band of the Clive Burton Quintet, have frequent top name guests. We run every week and have done so for over 12 years. It would be great to “shake hands with a few new faces”; you could always make your support for live jazz your New Years Resolution!!

Most weeks our sessions start at 8.30 pm, except on special nights like tomorrow, which always have an 8 pm start time. That is usually so that you can digest the buffet that is on offer on those nights.

Hedsor Jazz takes place at The Hedsor Social Clive, Hedsor Road, Bourne End, Bucks, SL8 5ES. We have some interesting gigs lined up for next year, many in the planning stage. Always keep your eye on my blog for weekly information and the occasional CD review.

So have a good one, and whilst we are gone, why not play some jazz CD’s! Look back at past Blogs to see what I have enjoyed in the over the years.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Hi Jazz Experts

Today is one of my travelling blogs, and therefore may not be as full of interesting things to read as usual (who am I kidding!). The most vital thing to know is of course that Hedsor Jazz WILL be again this week!! with The Clive Burton Quintet (in it’s entirety) at The Hedsor Social Club from 8.30pm on Thursday.

THEN on December 18th we have our Christmas Party Special This has a start time of 8pm, and will include a light buffet all for the amazing TICKET price of £10. Lots of great guys and girls are coming to play for us and Tickets sales are progressing well. So do ensure that you get yours either from Me, or Dee at Hedsor this week, or from Cookham’s Stationery Depot.

Next week looks like a bonar jazz week, as in addition to our Christmas Celebration on the 18th, Marlow Jazz Club has The Nigel Price Organ Trio plus Vasilis Xenopoulos on TUESDAY the 16th of December. I intend to get there early to ensure I get in.

I have been in contact recently with Nigel over a future event, which you may like to put in your new next year diary. On September 28th 2015 we are planning a day of jazz in Maidenhead’s St. Pirans School. That’s a Saturday, so make sure you keep it clear. Watch this space for more detail as our plans progress.

Finally, a CD that you may like to buy for a jazz friend or relative, or even for yourself.

“The Skelton Skinner Allstars Septet Play Ellington and Basie” is on Diving Duck Records  DDRCD022 I last mentioned Skelton Skinner in 2011 for their Big Band release. This time they shine through on a small group release playing Big Band tunes. They are joined by one of the UK’s hardest working musicians (well he gets about a lot) Alan Barnes. Matt Skelton (drums) Colin Skinner (alto) are joined by Alan on baritone, tenor and clarinet plus Mike Lovatt on trumpet, Gordon Campbell on trombone, Rob Barron on piano, and Jeremy Brown bass. They all make a lovely noise playing tunes like “Good Queen Bess” “Splanky”, “I’ll Take Romance” and “Jive at Five”. A very happy CD, made to look like an LP (who remembers vinyl!!?).

Well, as we all know recordings of ANY kind are only a poor substitute for live jazz, so do keep supporting the live stuff, or eventually you will only have “Sweet Substitute”.

Thursday, December 04, 2014


Hedsor Jazz will have the regular quintet tonight with the exception of a replacement bass player. Steve Pickings will be depping for Ken Rankine who is with "The Sound of 17" tonight.

One extra notice. 

Our Christmas Party on December 18th will now be without saxophonist Peter Ripper, who has unfortunately had to drop out of our extended line up. 

It will still be great value at £10!

PS. If you right click on the poster, you could save and print!!

Monday, November 24, 2014

This week Hedsor Jazz hosts guitarist John Coverdale. Always welcome at Hedsor, John is a musician of huge experience which he is currently sharing with Eton College students, he is a guitar tutor their!

Looking further ahead, tickets for our Christmas extravaganza are now available, either on a Thursday evening from Dee at The Hedsor Social Club, or any day of the week from The Stationery Depot in Cookham (tel:01628 531178). Wherever you buy them from the price is the same, just £10 each!

CD’s Listened to this week.

There are two this week, that I bet you would have walked past if you saw them in a rack in a charity shop (there are VERY few places for you to look through a rack of CD’s these days!).

The first is by a group called Albare iTD (I understand the title stands for "International Travel Diary"). The CD is called “Long Way”. I know very little about the people playing, apart from the drummer Antonio Sanchez. If you like well-recorded guitar led modern jazz music (I hate to describe it as “fusion” as it isn’t quite!) then search this out. It’s on the enja label - ENJ 9582-2 and was released in 2012. It has harmonica by Hedrik Meurkens, a tenor played by George Garzone, Leo Genovese on piano and Evripidis Evripidou on bass. Albare is the guitarist, (who was born in Morocco) so, you may well have overlooked this gem more than once in the last 2 years, but gem it is. Smooth, funky, beautifully recorded and expertly played. On a website review said of it :-

An all star sextet with one of the most impressive guitar releases for the year. A most unique personal hybrid of global textures combined with the more traditional forms and functionality of modern jazz. An absolute favourite for 2012!

So there you go!!

The next total surprise find is Don Burrell’s orjam – “Bittersweet Blue”

Now I personally don’t know the leader, who is the drummer, but I do know altoist Alex Garnet. I also know organist Peter Whittaker. I also know tenor saxophonist Brandon Allen, who at one time was in the Berkshire Youth Jazz Orchestra, which migrated into “Pendulum”. But the shock to my system was the guitarist. Terry Smith I haven’t seen for many years, and to be honest thought he had died years ago. I remember seeing him with Dick Morrissey at The Bell in Maidenhead in the 1970's and he was deeply indebted to gin for his relaxed playing in those days! The other shock was that it was recorded in a pub in Acton, West London, very near where I was an apprentice!! And the label is Actone Records!!! How many links do I need?

It’s a terrific record. If you like Nigel Price’s organ trio (which has Peter Whittaker in it), you’ll like this CD. If you like Vasilis’s “Wind Machine” you will like this CD. There are tunes on it from the likes of Wayne Shorter, Lee Morgan and Oliver Nelson. It’s great jazz was recorded in 2008 and its on ARCO 1003.  A drummer led band and not a drum solo in sight!! WOW.

I hope we see as many of you who can get out on Thursday at Hedsor. We do still need a live audience to keep live jazz alive!!