Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Hedsor Reading time again!

And before I nag on about what is to come, I will enthuse about what we have had!

I know I have “enthused" about Robert Goodhew's playing before, but last weeks session at Hedsor, with John Coverdale on guitar, was near perfection. Great playing, great tone, great sound overall. All we needed was a bigger audience. 

Robert is one of this countries undiscovered jazz talents. I am only too pleased that we can give him opportunities at Hedsor to play and develop alongside other experienced jazz musicians.

Geoff Swaffields pictures of the evening are below, and if you want to listen to the evening, either again, or to see what I’m blogging on about, for the next month you can catch up with all the sounds from last week via my DropBox folder:-

This week (October 18th) we have Lester Brown on trumpet and flugel horn, with Kelvin Christiane on reeds. Our drumming band leader Martin Hart is back from his Spanish Retreat, and I anticipate that Nigel will be our keyboard player. And as has become our habit in the last few months, we will have a guest bass player. So if you can, come and enjoy live jazz.

Sadly on Tuesday next week (October 23rd) we say farewell to Margaret Goodyer. Margaret was a Hedsor Jazz regular in the days when we held our jazz nights in the bar, and she helped with our advertising, taking on the roll of contacting local papers to share our joy in the music! Her funeral takes place at 12.15 and for more details see last weeks blog.

It had been my intention to write more this week, but time, and a less than reliable update from Microsoft, has made that too much of a chore, so for now, “Let me say goodbye". Which is a very nice song!:-


Vasilis Xenopoulos will be coming to Hedsor in January.

Watch this space.

If you want to do some homework for the gig, check our Harold Arlen!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Margaret Goodyer's Funeral

I mentioned in the last blog that Margaret had sadly passed away. I now have details from Tim Goodyer of her funeral arrangements.

If you intend to go can you please let Tim know as requested.

It will be held at the Chilterns Crematorium (directions and Google maps link below) at 12:15pm on Tuesday October 23rd
There will be refreshments afterwards at the Harte and Magpies pub on the A355 between Amersham and Beaconsfield (directions etc below). 

NB: I would be very grateful if you could please let me know by any means convenient (email is ideal) if you’re planning to attend, so I can plan catering accordingly. My contact details are below. 

Best wishes

Tim Goodyer
07976 352493
11 Hazelwood Close

Chilterns Crematorium, Whielden Lane, Amersham HP7 0ND

The crematorium is situated on Whielden Lane (the A404) just outside Amersham on the road to High Wycombe on the right hand side.

The Harte and Magpies, Magpie Lane, Amersham HP7 0LU

The pub is on the A355 between Amersham and Beaconsfield. Turn left out of the crematorium and at the roundabout turn right (2nd exit) onto the Old Amersham bypass (A413). At the following roundabout turn right (3rd exit) onto Gore Hill (A355). The pub is 5 minutes down the road on the right hand side.

Monday, October 08, 2018

Hedsor Jazz this week will have some of the same elements as last week. The cast will go through a little change, but we will see again the young man we saw and heard last week who I think is a rising star. Robert Goodhew on tenor sax. Come this week, and listen to his thoughtful approach to whatever he is playing. One day it will cost you a lot more than the Hedsor admission price to hear this young man.

He will be accompanied at the front (no trenches, I know it is nearly the centenary of the ending of the First World War but our front is more benign) by guitarist John Coverdale, another jazz musician with a strong melodic approach and I know that Robert is looking forward to playing with him again. 

As our band leader and drummer Martin Hart is still on holiday our drum role (yes, an intended pun, but what do you expect for our prices) will be filled as last week by Mike Jeffries. I think this week our bass and keyboard players will be familiar faces again.

That does lead me to comment on last week. A lovely session, with trumpet (Lester Brown) and Robert on saxophone really doing the unrehearsed jazz thing very well indeed and with a keyboard player who hadn't been to Hedsor before -  John Cooper. We must must have back
The Band

John Cooper

Steve Riddle and Mike Jeffries
As usual, the above photography is via Geoff Swaffield (a very "sound" man!)

It is really great that so many talented musicians want to come and play at Hedsor. Sadly last week the audience were a bit thin on the ground to give support to there efforts. Remember, without an audience there will be no live jazz.

One missing regular was John Jordan, who I am informed is now back at home again after another short stay in Wexham Park Hospital. 

Another of our regular supporters who has been less able than he would like to get out to support Hedsor is John Lawton. He has had some nasty back problems and will be going into hospital soon to have two operation on his spine. Again, I’m sure our good wishes will be going with him.

A piece of sad news this week. Margaret Goodyear, who used to help with our publicity and was a regular in the days when our jazz meetings were being held in the bar, has passed away. Her son Tim emailed to say “that sadly she passed away last week after a fall and a couple of months in Wexham Park hospital. Her and my dad both really enjoyed coming to Hedsor over the years and used to talk to me about it often. I can forward any funeral arrangements once they’re sorted”. I have emailed him with our condolences and I am sure one or two of us will get to the funeral.

Now for a change of subject and an advance suggestion for your jazz Christmas present list for yourself.

Back in 1965 pianist Stan Tracey composed a suite of music inspired by Dylan Thomas’s poetic play “Under Milk Wood.” It was recorded and met with great critical acclaim. If you don’t already have it, then put that on your wish list.
It is still available in various formats on Google and other websites

But that wasn’t what I was going to suggest. In 2011 Stan recorded another suite of Dylan Thomas inspired music called “A Child’s Christmas”. I think this is just as good but hasn’t seemingly found so much fame. On this recording The Stan Tracey Quartet has young Simon Allen on tenor sax (he used to be in The Berkshire Youth Jazz Orchestra), Clark Tracey on drums, Andy Cleyndert on drums, and the words are read by Ben Tracey, Stan’s grandson.

It’s on RESTEAMED RSJ 111.

But for today that's about IT!

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Just a few notes for Hedsor Jazz this week

We now have almost a complete gig guest list for the rest of the year, and I will include the text of it at the bottom of the blog. If you come to Hedsor you can pick a printed one up.

As you will see we have our own Lester Brown on trumpet together with Robert Goodhew on tenor sax this Thursday. Last time they were together they produced some magical moments so it looks good for a reunion!

Our rhythm section this week will be undergoing a major change. Martin, our regular drummer and compere is away, and in his place we draw from our audience Mike Jeffries. Mike is a regular dep for Martin, and a regular member of our audience when not playing himself. He is also chairman of Jazz Angels, the local jazz support group.

On piano this week we have someone who hasn’t been to or played Hedsor before. Our regular Nigel is playing for a very special Christmas evening (already the C word!), and John Cooper is taking his Hedsor place. On bass we have Mr Steve Riddle who I am told has played with John before. So there should be harmony at the back to match the harmony at the front!

I wrote recently about how nice it was that John Jordan had managed to escape Wexham Park Hospital in time for his wife’s birthday, and John was with us again last Thursday. However the strain of passing over the cheque to The Thames Valley Adventure Playground was a bit too much and he has had to return to Wexham Park Hospital after the chest pains started again. A card wishing him well will be available for you to sign on Thursday. I know he has had a laptop with him (I was going to say “tablet” but that could be misunderstood in a hospital situation) as he has emailed me, so I will say to him from here “Get Well Soon John and as you have a bit of spare time do look up last weeks links to PMJ. Mind you be careful if you watch “Gunhild!”

Below you will find some of Geoff Swaffield photos of last weeks session with Duncan Lamont jr and Max Brittain. This was a lovely session which I sadly did not record. Hedsor Jazz is so lucky in having such wonderful players coming to play.

But they all need an audience…..that’s YOUR bit.

Geoff Swaffield's photos from last week:

The above gig list in text form:-

Hedsor Jazz Gig List to November 29th 

Most weeks whoever occupies the “front line” is backed by our rhythm section who are usually made up of Nigel Fox on keyboard, Steve Riddle or Peter Hughes on bass and 
Martin Hart on drums. Sometimes these regulars arrange for other guest deps. to take their place.

September 27th  we have another guitar saxophone combination. Two great 
supporters of our music at Hedsor, Max Brittain on guitar and Duncan Lamont jr on saxophone will be with us.

October 4th will see a return of last months guests. Lester Brown is now hardly a guest, he is our very own trumpet King, but Robert Goodhew is a young man who we are always happy to have as a guest. His feature number last time he was with us (Gentle Rain) was absolutely wonderful and shows the maturing of a young musician into a major talent.

October 11th we will see Robert again, this time alongside another of Hedsor’s great supporters, guitarist John Coverdale. Beautiful music is assured!

October 18th will see “our” Lester Brown on trumpet alongside Kelvin 
Christiane, the multi reed player who can “multi” two saxophones at the same time, astounding! You wont be able to see the other famous exponent of this art, Rahsaan Roland Kirk as he died in 1977. But if you come to Hedsor Jazz….!

October 25th . I am delighted to say that we will have two major UK jazz stars as our front line. DO NOT MISS our evening this week. Trumpeter Stuart 
Henderson will be playing “end to end” with saxophonist (and author) Simon Spillett. And still be will only charge you £7 to be there!

November 1st will be an encore of October 18th, Lester and Kelvin. Another chance to be wowed.

November 8th two jazz stars for just £7, saxophonist Duncan Lamont jr and trumpeter Stuart Henderson

November 15th “our” trumpeter Lester Brown and rising star saxophonist Robert Goodhew

November 22nd clarinettist Martin Nickless  and vibraphone player Alan Grahame  may well produce some BG tunes!

November 29th Lester Brown and American saxophonist Frank Griffith

ADVANCE NOTICE for our Christmas Concert. We are delighted to announce that singer Tina May has again promised to be with us, and the date will be 
December 20th . We have also managed to book an accomplice of Tina’s, on saxophone Karen Sharp

As I wrote above 

But they all need an audience…..that’s YOUR bit.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Post Modern Jukebox

The link I posted into my blog yesterday doesn't seem to actually work. If you try again, using the modified link below, you will get a result!

and for even more instant fun, try the first link, it takes you to AFRICA:-

ENJOY, 'cause I did!


Monday, September 24, 2018

Hedsor Jazz

Autumn is approaching, and we turn away from thinking of means of keeping cool, to means of staying warm! Now in jazz, we have both cool and hot!

BUT last weeks Big Band night with the BBO was just AMAZING! Getting all of the brass and the drums onto Hedsor Club’s stage was almost magic too!

The sound generated was terrific, and some of the well known tunes came out sounding fresh, which was a blessing. How many of us have gone to big band concert events to hear the same arrangements we have all heard before being played again (and maybe not too well!). This time, they were fresh, and the jazz tinged solos we, well “jazzy”!

Many of you will have noticed that amongst the band members were members of other big bands, including some that are very well know!

The tightness of the staging did lead me to some worry. The bass trombone kept coming to within inches of the baritone saxophone players head. And I had to smile in that the sax section was kept in there place at either end by 2 sharps! Mr and Mrs!

It was so good to see John Jordan there after his close inspection of Wexham Park hospital  earlier in the week. It was great to see Joan there too, able to enjoy her birthday WITH John. Their daughter had also gone abundance (a term usually used in Bridge I believe) with the catering. So a memorable night for all who came. AND enough money was raised to pass on £570 to “The Thames Valley Adventure Playground”. So you see, being charitable can also be fun!

 Photos courtesy of Geoff Swaffield

This week (September 27th) we are back to our normal sized orchestra, who are well able to get together in front of the stage! Our usual suspects on piano, bass and drums will have before them on guitar Max Brittian and on tenor sax Duncan Lamont jr. Two long time supporters of Hedsor Jazz. We will be back to our usual start time of 8.30pm, and our usual £7 entry fee.

It was interesting to note that my printed list of Hedsor Jazz gigs were mostly taken away and not left behind for recycling. Let’s hope that some of the people who enjoyed last Thursday will seek out Hedsor Jazz again this year.

This week I was reading in one of the jazz mags around about how one or two people in the USA have tried to popularise the experience of jazz, keeping it as jazz, but turning it into modern accessible cabaret. So using my intrepid internet travelling kit I looked up “Post Modern Jukebox” and found it described as:-

a rotating musical collective founded by arranger and pianist Scott Bradlee in 2011. PMJ is known for reworking popular modern music into different vintage genres, especially early 20th century forms such as swing and jazz. Wikipedia

THEN I looked that all up in YouTube. I heartily recommend that you do too. Absolutely non-U “fun”. For an overview of a LOT of material, see

or for something outrageous try

Sometimes it does us jazz fans good to take a lighter view. And I think Scott Bradlee has extended the jazz audience by doing so.

Slightly more towards the serious and possibly more traditional side of jazz, with a definite touch of the well played tongue in cheek have a look whilst you are on YouTube for “The Hot Sardines”.  https://hotsardines.com

BUT don’t stop by your screen too long, because we need you at Hedsor Jazz. We must keep live jazz ALIVE!!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

John Jordan

I thought you all might like to know that John is now back at home, and hopes to be with us on Thursday at Hedsor Jazz. Great News.

Geoff C