Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Hedsor Jazz for THURSDAY 28th March
A quick note to all you jazz lovers. Tomorrow at Hedsor Jazz we have the combined talents of Stuart Henderson on Trumpet and Flugel Horn and “Tolly” his saxophonist companion. Expect excellence
8.30 pm start £6 entry. 
For those wishing to book ahead, I can tell you that on April 11th, alongside Mike Wills we will have guitarist Jez Cook. It will be his first vsit to Hedsor, do look him up on YouTube

On April 18th we have Duncan Lamont Junior, well know saxophonist son of  D C Senior. Junior has not been to us before, but his Dad has!

Dont forget the next Big Do! On April 25th we will be squeezing you for money for Cancer Research UK. Sweetening the squeeze we will have Alan Graham on vibraphone, Max Brittain on guitar and of course our own Mike Wills on reeds. We are hoping to pay tribute to Benny Goodman that night. Tickets will be available from me on Thursday at Hedsor. £10 each, a light buffet will be provided. 8 pm start.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Another Good Week for Local Jazz

This week is a very good week for local live jazz

Marlow Jazz Club last night hosted Simon Spillett and his Quartet and an excellent time was had by all. They all played very well indeed, and the rapport between Clark Tracey on drums and Alec Dankworth on bass was something very special. They were almost playing as one, much to the delight of the audience, especially one young lady who showed her appreciation for everything bass with great shrieks of encouragement.

Promoter Michael Eagleton need not have worried about an audience. They were beginning to run out of chairs!

Hopefully that will also happen at Hedsor on Thursday (March 21st) because we have another of the young lions of the saxophone coming to The Hedsor Social Club. Vasilis Xenopoulos will be playing opposite our regular read man, Mike Wills. behind them will be or usual class act of piano, bass and drums. And it will still only cost you £6 to get in!! 8.30 start. There are more seats than we used to have in the bar, but if you want a good one, come early.

Recorded Jazz

CD's this week include one I have yet to listen to, but Simon played a lot of the tunes from it last night. Yes, Simon has a new CD out on a new label. Gearbox Records. And I'm pleased to see one of the hits of last night is on it, "Yesterday I Heard The Rain". OK. yesterday I felt it too, and sadly there seems little let up in our Upper Lip Winter, but the balled is one I hadn't heard before, and it is a lovely tune, which The Simon Spillett band played beautifully.

The records (yes 12"LP versions are available too) and CD's of the new album "Square One" can only be purchased at Gigs, so next time you see Simon ask for one (in exchange for a Ten Pound Note of course). I'll let you know later what I think of the transposition of the music to the album, but I am looking forward to a proper listen to it very soon.

Another CD I dragged out from the archive may surprise you. I was listening to Spotify in my workshop when out popped a tune by Ottilie Patterson. Sadly now no longer with us, Ottile was a revelation when she first appeared with the Chris Barber Band in 1955. She sounded stunning and she looked stunning too. Well, over the years the band, and her singing style, altered enough to include R&B tunes, and on Monday night prompted by the Spotify nudge I played a little known recording by the Barber band from 1964. The mix of musicians and music will surprise you. There are some great railway blues tunes,("I Have a Ticket", "Morning Train" for example)  and a tune made for a film ("Brands Hatch Beat") called "Finishing Straight". One of the personnel surprises is that on a couple of the tunes Ronnie Scott solos, and on another you will find Jimmy Deucher in place of Pat Halcox, and pianist Norrie Paramor is also on at least one. It really is great fun. It may not be around to buy in the version illustrated above, but Spotify might meet your need.

So, as they say, "That's it for now Folks" see you ALL on Thursday!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Good Morning Jazz Lovers,
Tonight at Hedsor we have the combined saxophone power of Peter Cook and Mike Wills, together with the rhythm section of The Clive Burton Quintet.
Clive himself had the operation for his hernia yesterday. I spoke with him this morning, and he is recovering painfully, but is in good spirits! I will have a card with me tonight for you all to write encouraging messages to him!
Hedsor tonight is the usual start time of 8.30 pm, with a £6 entry fee. I have attached our known gig list for the next few months, just to encourage you to tell your friends!!

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Evening All

As a very old police constable used to say, until he was shot in The Blue Lamp!! 

I thought you all might like to see the progress made in making good use of Hedsor Social Club's Big Room, so above is an image of a very nice poster that I have just produced that lists all comers.

Hedsor Jazz now meets in the Big Room every week, and we are hoping to see it full. Do make a note in your diary, and even if you cannot make it every Thursday evening, you might like to make a note of the ones you don't want to miss!!

Bourne End Community Centre

I also have it on good authority that there is a jazz event at The Bourne End Community Centre this coming Tuesday March 5th. I am told that Deny IIlet on trumpet, Richard Kellaway on reeds, Mike Jeffries on drums, together with unnamed guitar and bass will be playing there. Sadly, I have another commitment that night, but if you are free, you might like to go along and support a bit of traditional jazz.

That's it for now another media star used to say!

Geoff C