Tuesday, November 20, 2018

What’s on at Hedsor Jazz this week?

Do you really need to ask? It is ALWAYS good!!

But as you did asked (!) this week our guests are guitarist Max Brittain, and vibraphone player extraordinaire Alan Grahame. Backing the front line, as always, the Clive Burton Celebration Rhythm section.

Last weeks jazz with Lester Brown and Robert Goodhew produced some wonderful music. My photos of it are below. Robert likes these sessions recorded for his benefit, BUT when I have processed the recording I will put it out via DropBox.

Our sound engineer in residence (Geoff S) will be back in residence after his holiday, so next week the photos may be his not mine!

There is some exciting news to fill in the gaps in our program up to Christmas. On November 29th American tenor man Frank Griffith has confirmed that he is bringing with him that legendary trombonist Roy Williams. Do tell others. It will be a regular session at our regular entry fee of £7. I hope to do a poster before the week is out, but I may not have the time. So it is important (for the greater good you understand) that as many people know about this gig the better.

The other missing person in our list up to Christmas was a partner for saxophonist Sue Greenway on December 13th. That person will be Alan Grahame. Now THAT will be an interesting session. The drummer for this will be Mike Jeffries as Martin is taking a look at New York!

CD Listened to this week.

Last Thursday Nigel played a tune by pianist Charles Thompson, often referred to, like our own Michael Weinblatt (king of the raffle) as “Sir”.

Sir Charles Thompson was the pianist associated with a set of recordings made in 1953 and 54 referred to at the time as being “in the mainstream of jazz”, and the style became know as “Mainstream” ever after. Those recordings were made with trombonist Vic Dickenson as leader, and in my loft I still have one of the 10” LP’s from those sessions. My loft LP has on it the tunes “Jeepers Creepers” and “Russian Lullaby” and they are the last 2 titles of the CD which I played for myself on Sunday. “Vic Dickenson Nice Work” is a cd on the Vanguard label (79610-2), and has 7 other tracks of similar quality. It’s a great listen, light, swinging, and with thoughtful solos.

The players were the cream of the swing era, with each having loads of experience with all the swing bands of the 30’s and 40’s. After the war, big band were in decline, but the players who had settled in New York’s clubs playing in small groups found that their work didn’t disappear. So on this 50’s set we have with Vic D, Edmund Hall on clarinet, Shad Collins and Ruby Braff on trumpet, Walter Page bass, Steve Jordan guitar, and either Jo Jones or Les Erskine on drums. Many of the tunes played come from the age before Be Bop. Tunes Like “Everybody Loves My Baby”, “Nice Work if you can Get It”, and “You Brought a New Kind of Love”.

The cd was a really refreshing listen. How they generate a lot of swing without a lot of notes is a joy to wonder at. The recording isn’t bad for 1953/4 and I think you would enjoy it. Spend money, its (nearly) Christmas!

For an entire listing of our gigs at Hedsor up to and including Christmas please see last weeks blog. You can always cut and past and produce your own diary size print for further reference. Whatever, DON’T MISS A GIG!


Last Tuesday many of Hedsor’s regulars went to see a jazz event in Marlow’s Christ Church. Greg Abate, Alan Barnes, Phil DeGreg, Steve Brown and Andy Cleyndert brought a bit of the quality of Swanage Jazz to Marlow. It was a sell out at £10 a head. With the very sad death of the Swanage Jazz Festival, maybe a few more gigs of that quality put on locally might be a great idea.

A link to Martin Ashfords photos from the night is below


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