Friday, April 26, 2013

A Friday Postscript

I just want to say "Thank You" to all of you who came to, and all of you who helped put on, last nights Concert in Aid of Cancer Research UK. 

It was a splendid evening of jazz and it was very rewarding to see Hedsor's Big Room full of people enjoying the music and each others company. 

We could have had more people, there were still a few empty seats, but we did raise over £300 for CRUK in a very enjoyable and painless way. And just to reassure you we did pay all the musicians and our room hire so the £300 is all for CRUK.

I still have to pinch myself to realize that at Hedsor now we have music of such a high quality that I don't think even if we paid 3 times what we do to get in, it  could really be surpassed. In the last 2 weeks we have 2 guest musicians who have played with Frank Sinatra!

After the show I talked with a number of guests, and it was a very sad liteny to recite all the names of the people who have left due to Cancer over the last 10 years or so. So many great characters. OK £300 could always be more in the fight against this illness, but every little helps. Last night we all had fun, so thank you for supporting CRUK through the medium of Live Jazz.

Next week back to a more normal evening, with a full night of the Clive Burton Quintet.  

 Justin Swadling

The following week, May 9th, a young saxophonist, Justin Swadling, comes to augment the quintet. Come and give him a listen, after all, you didnt know Vasilis Xenopoulos until you saw him at Hedsor, and Justin has had the same tutor, Peter Cook. He also playes in Ealing's Big Band, "The Sound of 17" as does Vasilis (and our own Ken Rankine). Have a look at his web site and come on out and give him a £6 try!

More blogging next week, TTFN 

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