The first jazz of the New Year was held on 9th January and we were greatly entertained by the Nevada Sreet Four, combining amazing musicianship with spontaneous humour, this quartet, an offshoot from the Bryan Ferry Orchestra took us on a jazz journey all the way from King Oliver to Bob Crosby. Among many highlights for me Duke Ellington’s Black and Tan Fantasy stood out. A great band to kick off our concert season.
Our next concert is on March 6th and features Cool Heat, Burnin’ Beat run by the fantastic drummer Steve Rushton. Those of you who attended last year’s performance by the Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra will remember Steve from that memorable evening. Steve will be partnered by chanteuse Loise Cookman in a recreation of the small Gene Krupa led band with that most underrated of female vocalists – Anita O’Day (Remember Sweet Georgia Brown from the Newport Jazz Festival 1958 film “Jazz on a Summer’s Day”).
Tickets will be on sale at the monthly Jazz Club next Tuesday 30th January, Price £10, this is when we welcome back in all their glory, struggling to get into their band pants after the Christmas excess, Binky’s Dixie Demons, who will entertain us with their brand of Jazz Traditional. Everybody welcome – don’t forget the new times – 8pm – 10.30pm.