Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Geoff’s Jazz News

For a small club, Hedsor Jazz now has a huge reputation for excellence. And slowly slowly, we are building on it.

Our usual Clive Burton Quintet are playing for us this Thursday (May 3rd). What isn’t “usual” is that our regular reed section, Mike Wills, is away for this week, and as a dep we have trumpet star Stuart Henderson. And if you think he isn’t a star, come and listen on Thursday and tell me I’m wrong!

We also have another dep as well this week. Our regular drummer,Martin Hart, is having an awayday, and in his place is Mike Jeffries. Now he is a regular dep!

So, another special evening in prospect at Hedsor Jazz, and all for £5 a head. Usual small room start time of 8.30 pm.

You may have noticed if you go passed it on your way to Hedsor, that The Old Bell at Wooburn has changed hands. The Old Bell used to be a regular jazz venue, and I’m pleased to say that it looks like being so again. On Tuesday May 8th there will be “Dinner Jazz” with a band organised by drummer Mike Jeffries. This ensemble will have some familiar faces, including trombonist Clive Burton. Contact Mike, Clive or The Old Bell (01628 520406) http://www.oldbell.co.uk/ for more details.

As many of you will know we sadly lost one of our long established regulars, Len Goodyer, last month. Margaret has thanked us for our cards, and our messages of sympathy and support and has informed me that his funeral will take place on Thursday May 9th at Amersham Crematorium at 1.45 pm.

There will be a tea afterwards, to which all from Hedsor Jazz are invited. If you could let me know by this Thursday if you intend to come to the tea, I will let Margaret know in order to get the catering right. I will confirm on Thursday where the tea will be.

Our next Big Night at Hedsor will be on May 17th from 8 pm, when we will have The Remix Jazz Orchestra, led that trumpet star mentioned above, Stuart Henderson. But the night will also “contain” another of our star supporters. Simon Spillett, voted top UK tenor saxophonist this year, will be “depping” for Mike Wills!

So, a Big Band, and a session with Simon, all on the same bill. Entry will be £10, and tickets are available NOW form Dee on Thursdays, or from The Stationery Depot in Cookham (tel 01628 531178).

Jazz Info for Our Area

If you are a FaceBook fan, then you will be pleased to know that you can now find out what is happening jazzwise in our locality by looking at :-

This will cover Hedsor Jazz, Marlow Jazz, and other gigs in and around High Wycombe and the postal codes of HP and SL. OK, so I will have to learn how to drive it!

One Final note. I would like to thank Mark the steward at Hedsor Social Club, who left their employ last week, for all the help he has given us over the last year or so. May his future burn bright.

I believe in future we will be saying “Hello” to a Sarah from this Thursday.

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