Wednesday, May 28, 2014


We have as our guest the guitarist John Coverdale. John is a good friend of Hedsor Jazz, often stepping in as a last minute dep. for someone who has been taken ill with the "socially serving the community" disease! But this week we have booked him in advance! 
He will be playing alongside Clive Burton on trombone and our regular rhythm men. Our regular read section is having a little break so wont be with us this week!
Below is a resume of Johns musical pedigree, which I have lifted complete from "the jazz guitars" web site.

John studied jazz with Peter Ind and classical guitar at the
London College 
of Music with Robert Brightmore.  

Since the 1980s he has worked with many British jazzmen
Roy Williams, Bill le Sage, Don Rendell, Johnny van
Derek, Ray Warleigh 
and Matt Wates.

Visiting American musicians that John has worked with include
Kenny Davern, 
Donald Byrd, Bobby Shew and Harry Edison.
At this time he also worked with 
the influential folk singer
Steve Benbow.

In recent years John has worked with the Andy Dickens Band, 
Ian Cruickshank's Gypsy Jazz, the Back to Basie Big Band as
well as solo gigs. 

In addition John has enjoyed backing singers as diverse as
Frankie Vaughan, 
Buddy Greco, Tina May, Clare Teal and
Jacqui Dankworth. John plays an 
Aria Pro 2 TA-STD electric,
a Yamaha FG 110 steel string acoustic, 
and a Marcelino Lopez
Spanish guitar.

So do yourselves a favour, and join us for a relaxing hour or
two of jazz, from 8.30 pm tomorrow, Thursday May 29th.

It will soon be June (a birthday month for my "current" wife!!)
and I am amazed at how quickly the year is racing past.

It must be time to attract your attention to June 19th, when
we will have that lovely singer Gill Cook coming to us.

Gill is shortly to release her new CD, so come and hear some
samples performed live at Hedsor Jazz.

And we will still only charge you £6 each to get in!!

One of her future appearances will be at the Ealing
Jazz Festival, and I can assure you that it will be easier
to park your car at Hedsor than it will be at Ealing!

Well that's the future, how about our most recent past I hear
you ask.

Last week was one of those amazing events that Hedsor Jazz
still manages to produce.

The Remix Jazz Orchestra led by trumpeter Stuart Henderson
literally filled Hedsor. 17 musicians filled the room with sound,
and brought to us an audience to gladden any promoters
heart (yes, I still have one, albeit partially reconditioned!).

The result is that, partially due to some sponsorship, for which
we are very grateful, we will be able to donate over £600 to
Cancer Research UK. Well done everyone.

The band were superb, the food were superb, the money
raised for CRUK is superb, what more can I say?

It was a superb evening. Thank you band, audience and
Hedsor Helpers.

Having sponsorship for a particular musician gives us at
Hedsor Jazz a safety net to go ahead and book some of the
better known jazz musicians that many of us would like to see.
If you would like to do this, in full confidence, your name will
not be announced, then do approach me, Geoff, and we can
talk it through.

Now back to this week, would some of the new-found
audience perhaps like to sample our Quintet? it would be
good to see you.

Geoff C

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