Tuesday, January 08, 2008

First, a sad addition to my emailings.

I learnt just after New Year that Bernard Spink, (who did the announcements and took your money at the Bourne End Community Centre Jazz nights) died on Friday December 28th. He will be sorely missed in and around Bourne End, and I would certainly wish to pass on my condolences to his Family. He was a lovely man, and a great Friend to the local jazz community.

He was a great Al Nichols fan, and I'm sure he wouldnt mind me following the above, with the below!

Some January Gig dates are on the list above (to see an enlarged view or to print the artwork, right click your mouse).

BUT you can also add in some from Al Nichols:-

"Barley Mow, Watersplash Road, Shepperton, Wednesday 9th January (8.30 - 11pm) with the house band.

Fox & Hounds, Englefield Green, Monday 14th January (8.30 - 11pm) with the house band

Now King & Castle, Windsor January
16th & 30th - Al Nicholls Trio with Rex Bennett & Bob Haddrell
9th & 23rd - either the Jenny Carr or Dave Priseman Trio

Hope to see you at some point.

You will note that THIS THURSDAY we DON'T HAVE Peter Cook, he was offered a much better paid gig in London.

On January 26th you can have an evening of Winter Ineluctability with the fabulous Shirtlifters, see also above!

AND you will see mention in the gig list of a one off event at Cores End United Reformed Church (which many of you go past to get to Hedsor). I have been invited to run a Jazz Service there THIS SUNDAY. We will have a wonderful lady singer called Melrose, together with Zane Cronje on keyboard, Keith Wilkins on Clarinet, Ken Rankine on bass and Mike Jeffries on drums. Do feel free to come along, it starts at 10.30 am, should last about 1 hour, and will include some Bernstein and some Ellington!

I hope to see you all somewhere soon, do help jazz to thrive in 2008.

Jazz that has thrived in the past is always available on CD, and I have 2 to recommend today.

One from 1953 features Lionel Hampton and His Big Band recorded live for Swiss radio.

I think most of us feel we know Lionel from his days with Benny Goodman, but he did form his own big band soon after the famous Carnegie Hall Concert, and went out on his own. He continued to performed well, even in his later years, and this recording is not only good musically, but in good clear technical terms as well.

The band he gathered around him contain some interesting names as well. In the trumpet section are Art Farmer, Clifford Brown, Benny Bailey, and Quincy Jones!! You will also find Gigi Gryce and Clifford Scott in the saxophone section. But Lionel IS the star here. He plays swinging vibes, plays some very attacking 2 fingered (almost) piano, drums, AND sings. It is a really great album, with tunes like Moonlight in Vermont, How High The Moon (in Vermont?), Flying Home (well it wouldn't be complete without) and 7 others. A good buy for your Christmas record voucher. Its on the Montreux Jazz label TCB 02172.

The other album is more recent (DEC 2006), and contains some of Britain's foremost musicians. Almost as iconoclastic as Lionel H, Stan Tracey has teamed up with Norma Winstone and Bobby Wellins to produce a classic British album. With them are Andrew Cleyndert and Clark Tracey. Its a wonderful recording of standards, and some well known tunes with new added words. So as well as "Something's Gotta Give", you will get Norma Winstone's take on Monk's "Crepuscule With Nellie".

It's a double album, with 20 songs very well recorded. Anyone who has ever heard any of the above mentioned musicians cannot help but love this cd which is on Trio Records TR 576.

Geoff C

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