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


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!,

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