Friday, September 02, 2005

Peter O'Brian at this years "Give and Take Five Again"
Concert for Cancer Research

A slightly earlier than usual “Nag”, but I wanted to give time for the first gig of the week to be properly assimilated!!

Tuesday, Centre Jazz at The Bourne End Community Centre has London based guitarist Tim Saunders and his Quartet playing from 8.30pm onwards in the Centre Bar. Tim has established himself with a regular Wednesday Night spot at Hammersmith’s Brook Green Hotel, and he is bringing with him some London talent to entertain us (alongside of course his own Metheny style guitar). Raffle ticket entry, free nibbles at half time.

Wednesday, Lynn Garner and Ken McCarthy sing and play at The Harrow up the Hughenden Valley. 8.30pm start, free entry, and Lynn’s great new CD to buy as well!

Thursday, at The Bourne End Social Club Clive Burton’s Quartet have as their guest this week Mike Wills, almost our regular saxophonist, and very nice too. Back from Brecon, Bude, and Littlewick Green!!

Just as a passing comment, but wasn’t yesterdays set at Hedsor terrific? The combination of Simon Spillet and Peter O’Brian was really something to excite even the most difficult to please jazz fan. The amazing thing is, they have only played together ONCE before (and that was for us!). I hope they make it a regular arrangement, as they are able to feed off of each other, and compliment each other wonderfully. They were fast (as hard bop can be sometimes) but magical. Not a duff tune played all night. The ballads were also ballads, with thoughtful exploration of the tune. Credit must also be given to the regular rhythm section (Zane, Martin and Ken), in keeping pace, and melody with them.

Sunday 11th September, has Century Jazz at Fifield, again with Mike Wills on sax. Don’t forget that this Sunday (4th September) is their 10th anniversary at The Fifield Inn and should be a great night, with Duncan Lamont as special guest.

I will write some more next week, just to enthuse you, “but for now” (a smashing song when sung by the great Lynn Garner, and is on at least 2 CD’s), its


Geoff C

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