Thursday, April 04, 2013

April 4th
Our Hedsor Jazz guest this week is:

Talented guitarist John Coverdale. A welcome return of this melodic guitarist with a musical sense of humour. One of Hedsor Jazz’s regular friends who comes out to play for us with little conceit for his star quality. Take a look at his biography taken from his entry in the Jazz Services Site and you realise he is one of the very best around:-

“Started in folk clubs in the 70's. Studied at London college of music with Peter Ind & began jazz gigs in 1977. Has appeared regularly at the Ealing Jazz Festival since the early eighties. Does a lot of duo work with guitarist Max Brittain, and has recently worked with Johnny van Derrick, Matt Waites and Alan Barnes.” 

He always fits in well with our regular rhythm section, and shines as a soloist. I think everyone can remember his duet with Max Brittain in February 2011 at Zane’s fundraising concert.

Tonight you can enjoy his playing again, and all for just £6.

As many of you know our regular bass player Ken Rankine has been in the wars again. 5 months after breaking a leg, he has now been very unfortunate again in breaking his left wrist. We really do wish him a speedy recovery. He must be wondering who is putting the pins in his doll!

Tonight in his place I understand we have John Monney, who played at short notice last week in Ken’s place.

And what a session that was. Stuart Henderson and Tolly (Anatoly Vyacheslavov to give him his full name) with our rhythm section backing them played music of such quality last week that we would have had every right to have charged you double to listen to it! I actually recorded it (in mono) on my mobile phone. Having now played it back through my Hi Fi I am again amazed at the quality of the music we are privileged to have  at The Hedsor Social Club.

Max Brittain (mentioned above) has unfortunately had to pull out of our Cancer Fundraising Concert on April 25th. We are still going ahead with our tribute to Benny Goodman, with Alan Graham on Vibes and Mike Wills as Mr Goodman and we will announce our replacement guest as soon as they are confirmed.

What I can tell you about guests before then is that next week (April 11th) we have another guitarist, Jezz Cook, coming to play for us alongside Mike Wills, this will be Jezz’s first visit to Hedsor, and I am really looking forward to hearing him there.

The week after that (April 18th), we have Duncan Lamont Junior on tenor sax. Another first at Hedsor.

Lots of live jazz to look forward to. Tell you friends, and do buy tickets (from Dee) for our Cancer Fundraiser on April 25th.

Remember, to keep live jazz alive we need live audiences!

Oh, and By the Way, we have gained a mention in the local magazine “Round and About” this month!

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