Tuesday, June 05, 2018

There is Jazz at Hedsor This Week

Perhaps last week we were competing with the Open Mike session being run by the nearby “Garibaldi” pub on Thursday, but our attendance for what was a very exciting jazz evening was p… pore! The band was our regular Clive Burton Celebration Quintet, that’s 5, and the audience was……12!

Such an evening is why we have the support of Jazz Angels. Thank you to all who help by making regular payments into the Jazz Angel funds. Your efforts mean we can still pay our way on nights like last Thursday. An audience of 12  isn’t our worst attendance. Many years ago when we met in the bar, we had, for a guest evening, just 9 in the audience! It broke Clive’s……..bank balance!

Last Thursday was a double shame, because the quintet had gone to great lengths to present to our audience some new tunes. When I got to The Hedsor Social Club at 7.30pm, the band were busy rehearsing this new material. And it was good. One day they may make this effort again.

As it was so good, I recorded it on my mobile phone (yes, in mono sound) and I have put 73 minutes of the evening into my DropBox folder, so you can hear now what you missed for real.

Geoff Swaffields photos of the evening are below.

Geoff S has asked if it would be possible for one or two physically fit Hedsor fans, to come a bit early and give him a hand it setting the room up, and if possible, putting it back as we found it at the end of the evening. Geoff does sterling work for us, but like many of us, he may be willing, but flesh is getting, lets just say, less enthusiastic! A bit more help would be greatly appreciated.

This coming Thursday (June 7th) we will have as our guest Kelvin Christiane. He will be playing alongside Mike, so a double reed front line.

Our Program over the next couple of months is beginning to shape up, and its looking like this:-

June 14th          The Quintet
June 21st          Pete Cook reeds  -   John Coverdale guitar
June 28th          The Quintet

July 5th             Stuart Henderson trumpet -  Kelvin Christiane reeds
July 12th           Mike Wills and an as yet unnamed guest.
July 19th           The Quintet
July 26th           Max Britain guitar and another as yet unspecified

August  2nd       Lester Brown & another!

August 9th         

This will be A Special Gala Evening to celebrate my survival for 80 years!

It will be a £10 ticket entry event with a light finger buffet available at half time and the evening will start at 8pm.
Our guests will include Singer Gill Cook and legendary trombonist Roy Williams. 
Both guests have some wonderful footage on YouTube so if you don't know what to expect check it out.
Tickets will be available soon. I will have some friends with me who may not be regular Hedsor attendees, so when tickets do become available, buy yours!

That's me all blogged out, so TTFN

Geoff C

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