Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
Now, wasn’t that a splendid night last night?
A really special evening, not only due to the cause, Zane’s illness, and the large amount of money the event raised, which gob smacked Zane, but also the quality and joy of the music.
I must offer a very special “thank you” too to all of the musicians who gave of their time and talent so freely.
We also had a number of audience members who had not been to Hedsor before, and I do hope that they were awed enough by the quality of the performance that they come again (and again and again) to help us keep Jazz at Hedsor solvent. As was mentioned in the Maidenhead Advertiser, I wanted to see people smiling at Hedsor Last night, and I think you all did that. Some of you, no names, seemed to have a permanent smile attached. Great.
I did record all of the music on my mini disk recorder, and I hope fairly soon to have that available in a purchasable form. Again, this can raise money for Zane.
The Hedsor Social Club is definitely improving under Mark’s guidance. The beer is now very drinkable, and it was not surprising that the musicians who were not playing at the time did seem to be at the bar end of the room!
I won’t write a lot now about last night’s music, perhaps someone else might like to do a review of it anyway, and I will post in into my blog. I will just put up a few of the photos I took of last night’s event. But there were some memorable musical highlights. “A Train” as a finale will be remembered by many I’m sure. The sudden sound of 4 saxophones, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, 2 guitars, 2 percussion, bass and keyboard could perhaps become intoxicating! When can I get another fix like that one?
So, to Zane.
I visited him this morning. He was absolutely amazed at the amount raised. Apparently when Margie asked him to guess how much we had raised last night, he started at £300, then £500, and when told “over £1000” he couldn't believe it. When I had suggested to him that we ran a benefit night for him some weeks ago, he really did only expect a few hundred pounds.
Zane now has (of this morning) a new chair that can be electrically operated to get him into comfortable positions. He did look very comfortable for sure! It goes completely flat if required, so he could sleep on it if he wanted to.
He does have a number of chemo sessions lined up in the next 3 weeks or so, so we must all keep him on our thoughts and prayers.
But well done all of you who came and participated in last nights fundraiser for Zane.
Wednesday, February 09, 2011
Good Morning Viet.... no, sorry, that's some other program!
Good Morning Jazz Fans, and supporters of Hedsor Jazz in particular.
We are now beginning to realize that Zane Cronje’s illness will take him away from the Clive Burton Quintet for a little while, and we have now put into place some interesting and exciting deputy pianists. We thought we would take the opportunity of Zane’s absence by not only having (as we sometimes do) top notch front line soloists, but a few top notch keyboard men too.
Tomorrow, Thursday 10th February, we will have at Hedsor the following personnel, all great players in their own right.
Clive Burton on Trombone, the platform upon which all else at Hedsor is built.
John Coverdale on guitar
Ken Rankine (or John Monney, yet to be fixed) on bass
Martin Hart on drums,
And on the keyboard this week, Ken McCarthy.
Ken was Dame Vera Lynn’s pianist up until the time she gave up singing, this is what is said about him on his web site:-
“Ken was both piano player and musical director for the big West End shows - "Bubbling Brown Sugar","Evita", "42nd St.", "Some Like It Hot", "Joseph - - -" and others.
Over the years, he's also worked the clubs and theatres, being "on the road" with firstly Frankie Vaughan, then Roy Castle for years. becoming pianist with Dame Vera Lynn during her last few singing years, performing in many countries for royal occasions.
Much of his work has taken him on major cruise ships - QE2, Oriana, Arcadia, Royal Caribbean and other American lines - where a high musical standard is always required. More recently, Trio Fantasia with its mixture of classics and jazz is gaining national recognition and is a showcase for Ken's brilliant piano technique.”
So, don’t miss this Thursday!
For Zane’s Benefit night on February 17th, the cast so far is just wonderful!
Clive Burton, trombone,
Stuart Henderson, trumpet,
our regular (but recently irregular) reed section, Mike Wills, who’s recent playing has gone from strength to strong!
Max Brittain will be on guitar (see HIS resume by following the link below),
Ken Rankine on bass,
Martin Hart on drums,
and two extra special guests Nigel Fox on keyboard, who played the Marlow Jazz Festival in the recreation of the Benny Goodman Quintet with Martin and Mike,
and one of our favorite saxophone players who grooves like crazy, Vasilis Xenopoulos.
£7 entry, additional raffle, and NO MUSICIAN WILL GET PAYED, all the money will go to Zane for all those little essential items that he may now need.
DO NOT MISS THIS EVENT. Tickets from Cookham’s Stationery Depot 01628 531178.
for Max Brittain go to http://www.maxbrittain.com/
Zane has now seen an oncologist, and he has opted for a form of chemotherapy, that although a "strong" one, may give him a chance of some remission, but not cure. Those of us who pray may like to keep Zane in our prayers, those who think there is a power in positive thought can keep Zane in our thoughts.
Next week, more news, because we have booked ahead!,