Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Paul Eshelby

A View from the Barn


What a week!! From High to Low, with all the notes in between!!

Last Tuesday I went to Brecon to celebrate the 90th birthday of my very dear friend Stella, with whom I stayed in the best years of the Brecon Jazz Festival. June came too (there would be NO jazz !!) and we stayed in a Beacons village farmhouse, and visited Stella and her family for the celebration way up in a converted barn 2 miles up a single track road, that only led to the barn! It was an idyllic situation, and a lovely event.

However, on returning home on Thursday, I started a temperature and a cough, and disappeared to bed for 3 days! Monday and Doctors appear to work again, and I am now recovering on antibiotics from a lung infection!!

I am really hoping to be fit for This Thursday at The Hedsor Social Club BECAUSE we have award winning saxophone star Simon Spillett coming to join Clive and Mike on the frontline. It really is a privilege to have musicians of this quality wanting to come and play Hedsor. Have you ever thought why a small room of up to 30 jazz fans can attract such talent? Well it isn't what we pay them! Think of those who have come in the past, even since Christmas. We are so lucky that such talents want to play for a small jazz audience. We do have a fine regular quintet, and we do provide a friendly atmosphere. Hedsor is unique. Just keep it that way by continuing to turn out.

We have tried to get him before, this time we have succeeded! On Thursday September 2nd we have trumpet and flugel horn player Paul Eshelby coming to try out the Hedsor Experience. Paul is in the top rank of British (Scottish) musicians being musical director of NYJO and having served with the BBC Scottish and the BBC Radio Big Bands, as well as accompanying artists as diverse as Ella Fitzgerald and Queen. And now he tries Hedsor!!

Hedsor Jazz starts every Thursday at 8.30 pm, and will cost just £5 to get in.

One final mention, very soon I will have tickets for The Marlow Jazz Festival. They will be £20 each. All the music is in place, and many people are wondering why we aren't making it more expensive! A full 12 hours of top quality, top name jazz, right on your doorstep!

All profit from this event will go to Cancer Research UK. So, as I often say "You know it makes sense"



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