Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Hi Jazz Experts

Today is one of my travelling blogs, and therefore may not be as full of interesting things to read as usual (who am I kidding!). The most vital thing to know is of course that Hedsor Jazz WILL be again this week!! with The Clive Burton Quintet (in it’s entirety) at The Hedsor Social Club from 8.30pm on Thursday.

THEN on December 18th we have our Christmas Party Special This has a start time of 8pm, and will include a light buffet all for the amazing TICKET price of £10. Lots of great guys and girls are coming to play for us and Tickets sales are progressing well. So do ensure that you get yours either from Me, or Dee at Hedsor this week, or from Cookham’s Stationery Depot.

Next week looks like a bonar jazz week, as in addition to our Christmas Celebration on the 18th, Marlow Jazz Club has The Nigel Price Organ Trio plus Vasilis Xenopoulos on TUESDAY the 16th of December. I intend to get there early to ensure I get in.

I have been in contact recently with Nigel over a future event, which you may like to put in your new next year diary. On September 28th 2015 we are planning a day of jazz in Maidenhead’s St. Pirans School. That’s a Saturday, so make sure you keep it clear. Watch this space for more detail as our plans progress.

Finally, a CD that you may like to buy for a jazz friend or relative, or even for yourself.

“The Skelton Skinner Allstars Septet Play Ellington and Basie” is on Diving Duck Records  DDRCD022 I last mentioned Skelton Skinner in 2011 for their Big Band release. This time they shine through on a small group release playing Big Band tunes. They are joined by one of the UK’s hardest working musicians (well he gets about a lot) Alan Barnes. Matt Skelton (drums) Colin Skinner (alto) are joined by Alan on baritone, tenor and clarinet plus Mike Lovatt on trumpet, Gordon Campbell on trombone, Rob Barron on piano, and Jeremy Brown bass. They all make a lovely noise playing tunes like “Good Queen Bess” “Splanky”, “I’ll Take Romance” and “Jive at Five”. A very happy CD, made to look like an LP (who remembers vinyl!!?).

Well, as we all know recordings of ANY kind are only a poor substitute for live jazz, so do keep supporting the live stuff, or eventually you will only have “Sweet Substitute”.

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