Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Hedsor Jazz News PLUS

Well, I may “plus” something, but initially I need to tell you of all the wonderful jazz we have lined up for you in the next few weeks on Thursdays.

Most weeks whoever occupies the “front line” is backed by our rhythm section who are usually made up of Nigel Fox on keyboard, Steve Riddle or Peter Hughes on bass and Martin Hart on drums. Sometimes these regulars arrange for other guest deps. to take their place.

This coming Thursday, September 13th, in the front line we have a visit from our usual reed player Mike Wills. As most of you know, Mike has been restricted from driving due to his pacemaker firing off in the middle of the night. These rare events mean that he isn’t allowed to drive for 6 months afterwards, and so has been unable to travel to Hedsor to be part of the quintet.  I would stress that Mike is perfectly well, and has been able to play wherever he is able to get to. However our guest this week is guitarist Jezz Cook, who also lives in Oxford, and will be able to bring Mike with him. Mike and Jezz often work together in and around Oxford, and if you haven’t heard them before I can really recommend that you come and hear and see them this week. The evening starts at 8.30pm.

September 20th sees a large variation to our normal sessions. We will be having a visit by the renowned BBO Big Band, a 17 piece orchestra who have done much over the years to raise money for various charities. This week they come to Hedsor to raise money for the Thames Valley Adventure Playground for Disabled Children and Young Adults. This will be one of our Gala evenings with a buffet at half time. The evening will start at 8pm at entry will cost you £10

September 27th we have another guitar saxophone combination. Two great supporters of our music at Hedsor, Max Brittain on guitar and Duncan Lamont jr on saxophone will be with us.

October 4th will see a return of last weeks guests. Lester Brown is now hardly a guest, he is our very own trumpet King, but Robert Goodhew is a young man who we are always happy to have as a guest. His feature number last week (Gentle Rain) was absolutely wonderful and shows the maturing of a young musician into a major talent.

October 11th we will see Robert again, this time alongside another of Hedsor’s great supporters, guitarist John Coverdale. Beautiful music is assured!

October 18th will see “our” Lester Brown on trumpet alongside Kelvin Christiane, the multi reed player who can “multi” two saxophones at the same time, astounding! You wont be able to see the other famous exponent of this art, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, as he died in 1977. But if you come to Hedsor Jazz….!

October 25th . I am delighted to say that we will have two major UK jazz stars as our front line. DO NOT MISS our evening this week. Trumpeter Stuart Henderson will be playing “end to end” with saxophonist (and author) Simon Spillett. And still we will only charge you £7 to be there!

November 1st will be an encore of October 18th, Lester and Kelvin. Another chance to be wowed.

ADVANCE NOTICE for our Christmas Concert. We are delighted to announce that singer Tina May has again promised to be with us, and the date will be December 20th

The Plus?
Well below are Geoff Swaffields photos of Lester Brown and Robert Goodhew from last week’s session. BUT if you want to hear the entire concert again go to my DropBox at

As I usually do, you have all the chat and all the music, with track markers for each new tune. Mp3 format.

The Band

The Band

Lester on Flugel Horn

Martin at The Microphone


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