Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Reading obviously has a good Cardiac Care Unit.

Heart attack Sunday Morning, angiogram and stent Monday afternoon, discharged home on Tuesday afternoon.

And that's Clive Burton, now resting safely at home. The swiftest turn around I've heard of!!

BUT it will still be Stuart Henderson playing alongside AL Nicholls at Hedsor on Thursday!

And as Michael Weinblatt has said, we shall have to stop chanting "At The Hedsor Social Club" soon, and replace it with "the head sore stenters"

Geoff C

Monday, May 24, 2010


I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but Clive Burton, our trombone maestro, suffered a heart attack early on Sunday Morning. He is now in the Cardiac Care Unit of the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading.

I have had a quick phone conversation with Jan, and he is OK, but obviously these are early days still.

We all of course wish him the speediest of recoveries, and look forward again to the day when he can lead the chant "At The Hedsor Social Club".

Our regular Thursday Night Jazz sessions there will carry on whilst we await his return. Alongside Al Nicholls our guest this week on tenor saxophone, will be another brass player from Reading, trumpeter Stuart Henderson.

In my last blog, I commenting on the "Return of the X Factor", with Vasilis and Michael L Roberts. Clive was his usual self, and the evening was a tremendous success.

He took a little time off after that (to complete his Community Service!), and I know that we were all looking forward to his return and his jokes!

He will be back, but our wait might be a little longer. In the meantime, we wish him a speedy recovery.

Geoff C

Friday, May 14, 2010


I think I can safely say that you voted with your feet last night. I can also safely say that the Jazz Party has been re elected!

The X Factor of Vasilis Xenopoulos and Michael L. Roberts was a real and tangible force. The whole evening swung, the atmosphere was warm and friendly (something that is normal for Hedsor Jazz), and we all made some new friends.

Thanks are due to all who helped with the evening, setting up, clearing up, counting the money, etc, etc. Also a special thanks is due to our guest pianist last night, Malcolm Cliff. All in all it was a terrific night of great jazz.

If you were one of the newcomers, please don't make it your last visit. We are just as friendly when we meet in the smaller bar.

Next week (May 20th) we have a couple of special guests to go with our regular rhythm section. Zane returns from his birthday outing, and Clive and Mike Wills are away doing their Community Service. In their place we have saxophonist Peter Cook, and guitarist John Coverdale. They need no introduction to those who have been before, it will be great to welcome them back to Hedsor again.

If last night was your first at Hedsor Jazz we would love to welcome you again soon, so why not keep on supporting The Jazz Party, a coalition of incredibly talented jazz musicians. You would be helping in keeping Live Jazz Alive

CD Reviews later this week.


Thursday, May 13, 2010


and there will be some tickets on the door.

Vote NOW, with your feet, for Vasilis X