Wednesday, June 29, 2016

This Week at Hedsor Jazz

This Thursday (June 30th) we have our second session with Ken McCarthy on keyboard. Last weeks evening at Hedsor Jazz with Ken and vibraphone player Alan Grahame was hugely enjoyable. Sadly Mike Wills was unable to be with us on reeds through a spot of illness so we were unable to have a bit of the Benny Goodman recreation that they have been so successful with this last couple of years. I did record last weeks session anyway, but as yet have not had the time to remaster it.

This week we have another special guest in tenor saxophonist Robert Goodhew. A truly wonderful young player who has a great tone and an interesting and very listenable way with improvisation. He should combine very well with Ken McCarthy and I am looking forward to it.

Of course, I should also mention the other members of the band who will be around on Thursday (whom I am also looking forward to listening to!). Our usual master of ceremonies and of the trombone, teller of jokes and caller of the raffle ticket numbers, Mr Clive Burton will be with us of course, as will Martin Hart on drums and Ken Rankine on bass. Mike Wills will be away, this time his absence is a planed break!

What more could you want from a night of jazz? At the entry price of £6 nothing at all!! OK we could charge double, some places charge that and more for the same quality, (and sometimes the same musicians!). It is more important that live jazz has a place to thrive, and that place has been The Hedsor Social Club for the last 14 years. So we will keep the price down as long as we can. Thank you for your support, and please tell your friends. Even people who haven’t ever before expressed an interest in jazz have found our live jazz Thursday evenings have become an addiction!!

Four of the Five of our regular band
One last thought on last weeks show. Many thanks to Gil for the wonderful spread of food he put on which helped us all celebrate his 61 years of marriage. Well done Gil and Stella.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

A Quick PS to my main blog page this week. 

Tonight, Marlow Jazz is Celebrating it's long term survival, and although for medical reasons I cannot be there, you have another chance to see Karen Sharp and Art Theman In the British Legion Club in Marlow from 8.30pm

Mick Eagleton has ensured that world class live jazz is available in South Bucks since the 1970s to my knowledge, and he should be congratulated for putting his money where his enthusiasm is!!

More details can be had about tonight's event from

Support Live Jazz while you can!!

Just a few quick words about this week at 


We have an additional guest this week in the person of vibraphone player Alan Grahame. Alan is a remarkably talented and greatly experienced player, appearing many times on TV AND backing almost every singer worthy of note. You might like to check out the following link from BBC Berkshire

In addition to Alan we also have as our deputy keyboard player this week, another man who has had plenty of experience with singers (as an accompanist of course!), Ken McCarthy. You may like to check this out from the link

With this combination of players, combined with our regular Mike Wills, Ken Rankine, Martin Hart and of course our revered leader Clive Burton on the trombone, I have suggested that Mike brings along his clarinet, so expect a little bit of Benny Goodman Quartet style of music this week.

The Benny Goodman Set from the St. Piran's Jazz Day last year
One person who will probably be missing from our jazz evening, (as she was last week), Dee, our collector of revenue, has been taken ill, and may still be in the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. 

I sure you would all like to wish her well and to get better soon.

Next week, June 30th, we retain Ken McCarthy for a second set, but this time Mike Wills is being replaced by that beautifully toned saxophonist Robert Goodhew

So, this week come and celebrate at least the end of referendum campaigning, not that we have heard the last of it no matter what the in/out result is, and next week come along just to celebrate the sounds of jazz!!

In the meantime, you could always click out the above links!!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Hedsor Jazz

For those who don't get my nags, there is not a great amount to say this week, except that our usual Clive Burton Quintet will be playing at Hedsor from 8.30pm on Thursday for the usual incredible value entry of just £6.

Next week will be different. Next Thursday you will be able to vote in a referendum (as if you haven't heard enough about this already), BUT you will also be able to turn out again in the evening to hear Alan Grahame on vibes, as an extra star addition to our usual Quintet.

Until tomorrow then.....


Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Cheque Presentation

This morning Dee and I presented a cheque for £200,the proceeds from our fundraising evening on May 12th with saxophonist Karen Sharp, to the Maidenhead shop of Cancer Research UK. 

Maggie, the manageress, informed us that this year our money is going towards research into children's cancers. She told us that in the near future some very exciting progress on cancer treatments would be announced, and thanked us for our support over the years. 

The photos below represent two aspects of the shops work, the back room sorting area, and the shop counter.

Thank you to ALL who contributed to this donation.

Geoff Cronin

A Brief Message this week, as time slips by!!

This Thursday, June 9th, we will be having the entire Clive Burton Quintet back to us in regular form for an evening of great, tuneful, modern jazz. Often combined with humour, and always with a raffle, the evening will start at 8.30pm and cost you £6 to get in!!

Alan Grahame
I offer you an advance notice. On Referendum night, June 23rd, we will have, in addition to the regular quartet, the vibes of Alan Grahame. Put it in your diary NOW, and the music will console you no matter what the referendum result will be.

The whole episode reminds me of a wartime song! “In, Out, In, Out, Shake it all about”! 

No matter what the result, however, we just know we can trust our politicians and our allies!

On EVERY Thursdays though, you can ALWAYS vote JAZZ!!

TTFN….          Yes it IS an ITMA phrase!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

A Little Afternoon Blogging!

Because I have a change of personnel for this coming Thursday to announce! 

We ARE back to our usual Quintet format after last weeks excursion with John Coverdale on guitar. As you may recall, last week I was only allowed to attend for part one of the evening, but what I heard was very enjoyable. This week, I hope to stay for the entire evening and listen to the Clive Burton Quintet, with Martin Hart back on the drums, Mike Wills back on the reeds, but with Phil Berry on bass in place of Ken Rankine, who is playing away this week!! Our usual start time and admission fee apply (8.30pm and £6).

Obviously, being confined to home for the last 3 weeks I have had plenty of time to listen to recorded jazz. Most of what I heard was via Spotify and headphones. I was amazed to learn that I could find that Al Fairweather from the 1950’s was available, as was Alan Elsdon from the 60’s and 90’s!! One album of Alan’s stands out, he recorded with clarinet legend Edmund Hall in 1994! Well worth searching out.

BUT yesterday real listening took place. A new to me double album by Al Cohn. Called “Night Flight to Dakar” and recorded in 1980 in Senegal (West Africa) it is a really exciting find, released on CD in 2015 as an SACD as Xanadu Master Edition 906075, (available via Amazon for just over £17).

You may think that being recorded in West Africa that the recording would be less than Hi Fi, but it is in good stereo, and is a great piece of jazz.

With Al are Billy Mitchell also on tenor sax, Dolo Coker on piano, Leroy Vinnegar on bass and Frank Butler on drums. None of the band may now be with us, but on their dates in Senegal they were vibrantly alive.

Tunes include a super piano feature on “Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Out”, (originally a feature recording by Louis Jordan) for Dola Coker, “Robbins Nest” from the Count Basie repertoire and a version of Oscar Pettifords “Blues in the Closet” that you may find hard to recognise from the version played by Clive Burton’s Quintet!! All the recordings were “live” with an obviously delighted audience!
Altogether a great find.

Oh, by the way, thinking of Africa, if you can rush away on an aeroplane for about the next 20 hours or so, you will be able to catch the music festival just about to start on the French administered euro friendly island of Reunion!!



Monday, May 23, 2016

First of all I must say a great big "THANK YOU" for all the kind thoughts and prayers that have come my way since I managed to get myself into Wexham Park Hospital with pneumonia. Cards, visitors, flowers and even chocolates have all come my way since May 8th. I can say that I am now well on the way to recovery, still a bit week, find sleep more often than I used to, but I am slowly "getting there" as "they" say.

I managed to miss our Cancer Research UK fund raising evening with Karen Sharp and Stuart Henderson, but Jan Burton kindly took some photos of the evening, which are below.
Karen Sharp and Stuart Henderson

The Band
I wont ramble on in my usual fashion this week, I am being kept a beady eye on by Mrs Cronin, who has had a lot to do whilst I have been away, and doesn't want to do it all again soon!

THIS WEEK at Hedsor we have that lovely friend of Hedsor Jazz John Coverdale coming to play alongside Clive. Also we have Mike Jeffries on drums replacing Martin Hart, who has managed to squeeze in ANOTHER short holiday.

Our usual start time and admission fee apply, and no, there wont be any food!!

You might like to know that we raised £200 for CRUK on May 8th, and Dee and I will be going along very soon to give a cheque to the Maidenhead branch, who, if you remember, supported us so well at last years St Pirans jazz day.

Since I "turned" 70, I have tried every year to sponsor a Hedsor Jazz evening near my birthday. Of recent years I have celebrated survival rather than age. This year it seems more appropriate that ever, and on August 11th Hedsor Jazz will be supported(?) by Tracey Mendham and Alan Grahame. Now where do they get their energy from!!

God bless you all, and thank you again for all your support over the last couple of weeks.

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

For those of you who are not nagged by me

and who only get to read about Hedsor Jazz via this blog, then here is an update!!

This Thursday, as well as Mike Jeffries replacing Martin Hart on drums, Phil Berry replacing Ken Rankine on bass, we have Kelvin Christiane this week on Tenor replacing Mike Wills! Together with Nigel Fox on keyboard, and adding in our leader, we have THE CLIVE BURTON QUINTET!

More info about Kevin (who has been to Hedsor before) can be found at