Jazz Newsletter June 2020

Hello Folks

It should have been a swinging time at the Jazz Club last night with star clarinettist Ron Drake in attendance but, once again, the Covid Curse intervened, and it was left to our imagination as to what it would have been.

On a positive note, however, The Grayshott Social Club opens it’s doors once again on the 4th of July with obvious restrictions.  Unfortunately for us no functions are to be held for the foreseeable future.

When this changes, and if the one metre rule still applies, it would mean that we could get a band on the stage – so that’s a start.  We shall have to see if we could  accommodate an audience complying with the guidelines.  Anyway that’s something to look forward to.

Trawling the Temperance Seven website www.thetemperanceseven.co.uk I came across a Granada Television clip. It’s the Vintage Syncopators with the Colonel, Private Willy, and Rt. Hon. John Tucker before they joined the Temps.

I think you’ll like it.
Dates for the diary — I wish!
Keep jazzing Mike

Jazz Newsletter May 2020

Hello Folks

As the Covid-19 virus appears to be dissipating, let’s hope it won’t be too long before we can look forward to some semblance of normality in our lives. This means, of course The Jazz Club and , more importantly, THE NAFFLE!

Someone sent me a video of the Temperance Seven from 1988 and it brought back memories of former band mates who are no longer with us.Just Google The Temperance Seven Red Nose Day 1988. Dean Robert Mickleborough, the trombonist, had great success with his own bands in the Sixties before his involvement with The Temps. I’ll forever remember Bobby strolling into the Band’s apartment on a wet Oslo Night. The talk was about eccentrics and as Bobby swept through he muttered “Eccentricity – not my scene” He was wearing a tight plastic bag over his head, as tall as a chef’s hat and carrying a big lump of lead under his arm. I found out later that Bob, being a very shrewd fellow, used to paint seascapes on the lead and display them in his antique shops in Bath. ‘The Americans can’t get enough of them’ he said.

I am pleased to announce that the alto player in the clip is Count Geoffrey Simpkins who, after sixteen years, has taken over the chair in the band vacated by the previous tenant. Next to him on Baritone is Malcolm Willoughby Everson, known affectionally as Mogs. These two were great together bouncing their wit off each other and generally keeping the standard of music very high.

I remember sitting in an hotel bar in North Walsey after the gig heavily in our cups. Geoff asking Mogs what he was doing that weekend. Mogs replied that he had to fit a cat flap. Quick as a flash Geoff said “Everson Fitacatflap” Much mirth as you can imagine ensued.

Well, we should have had Rico at the club on Tuesday but I’m pleased to inform you that you can still see him this week courtesy of Facebook at 7pm Friday and Saturday. Rico will be accompanied by the great Keith Nichols on piano.

Dates for the diary — I wish
Keep Jazzing

Jazz Newsletter April 2020

Hello Folks

Here we are in the umpteenth week (that’s what it feels like) of isolation. Although, for some of us who are blessed with space around us it can be quite stimulating. Personally, for me this means focusing on my next ukulele recording project without any distractions. For a committed procrastinator like me the time is proving invaluable. As for Helen, she is beavering away making face masks for the local care homes as well as , of course, Grayshott Bags which are still popular with those who can still shop.

For the June session we have special guest Ron Drake. Ron is a seasoned clarinetist who has played with them all – Kenny Ball, Acker Bilk and even the Temperance Seven, I remember Ron depping with us at a Festival in North Wales some time ago. I think the only band Ron hasn’t been associated with, to my knowledge, is Chris Barber – but I’m prepared to stand corrected on this point.

Here is a mouth watering track of what to expect at some time in the future…

Keep safe everyone