Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Good Morning England,

Just a VERY quick blog today.

Do enjoy your Easter Break. Tomorrow, our Maundy Thursday pre holiday treat will have Max Britain alongside Clive. It will be good to have Max back with us again.

The last time Max came to Hedsor a number of us were away on Portland for Ken Rankine’s funeral, so it will be good to listen to him again.

Nigel Fox is taking a short break to be with his sister in France, and as last week, we will again have Ken McCarthy on the piano stool.

What a privilege Hedsor Jazz has to have such a fine array of musicians who often come at short notice to make up Clive Burton’s Quintet. We have to thank Ken for last week, and of course Simon Spillett, a great friend to Hedsor Jazz. I did like his story about people who come to jazz events who know nothing about jazz!! Normally they would be very welcome, but if they happen to be the Rhythm Section, maybe not!

Yes, Clive will be with us again. He has been reassessed after his first Chemo, and all is looking very positive. It is hopeful that he wont suffer too much after his next Chemo as he responded so well from his first. However, Jazz Angels have purchased it’s own PA system (a Peavey Escort), which should be with us soon. This will save Clive lugging his PA system about every time he comes, and of course, gives Hedsor Jazz a PA system no matter who comes!! That doesn’t mean that you can’t come. We need you to be the P in PA!

Next week we should have Mike Wills back with us, and the week after, wait for it (it isn’t Halloween is it?), Tracey Mendham. A great tenor sax player and a great character to boot.

Coming next month is our cancer research UK fund raising night, May 18th. Be sure to come, you don’t want to miss Vasilis Xenopoulos and Nigel Price together with us at Hedsor Again DO YOU!! Maybe, just maybe, they will play “The One Note Samba” again!

One final note! Our deepest sympathy goes out to Gill Jones who lost his wife Stella to cancer just over a week ago. Gill had “gone out” with Stella since they were 14 years old, and they had been married for 62 years. I am glad that he felt able to be with us at Hedsor last week. I know that at times like these one needs the warmth of friends with a common interest.

Happy Easter, and mind out for those chocolate Easter Eggs, they can bite back! 

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