Happy New Year to all jazzers. The Jazz Club continues to thrive – we had 83 at the Christmas party last month and I’m sure everyone enjoyed the evening. Nice to see Big John Lee back at the club entertaining us with his mellifluous and laid-back tenor sax playing.
This month’s concert on Tuesday 9th January (did someone say the 9th January?) features The Nevada Street Four. This quartet of brilliant individual musicians exhibit their collective talent re-creating the small band sounds of the ’20’s and ’30’s.
Colin Good – piano and voice.
Studied composition and keyboards at Oxford University and is very much in demand in TV and theatre work. Colin is the musical director of the ’30’s style orchestra Vile Bodies. He is also known for his arrangements for The Bryan Ferry Orchestra on their recording of the ‘Jazz Age’. The songs were written by Bryan himself, many from the Roxy Music era, and some of which were used in Baz Luhrmann’s film ‘The Great Gatsby’. Influenced by Earl Hines and Teddy Wilson, Colin once toured with the ‘Ink Spots’.
Malcolm Earl Smith – trombone and voice.
Malcolm’s great love of the Jazz tradition in it’s entirety has made him a highly skilled and versatile performer. His expressive blues-influenced style has brought him work with Nat Gonella, Kenny Baker, John Dankworth, Martha Reeves and Bryan Ferry. Malcolm is a professor at Trinity College of Music where he serves as lecturer and director of the Trinity Jazz Ensemble.
Richard White – clarinet, bass sax and voice.
Richard is an original stylist .A multi-instrumentalist, he is equally at home on bass sax as he is on clarinet and is known for his expressive vocals. Richard’s past exploits (musical that is!) include touring the USA with the ‘Rio Trio’ (alongside Martin Wheatley) He is now involved with theatre work and several other specialist 1920’s and ’30’s bands.
Martin Wheatley – guitar and voice. An inventive and versatile guitarist (steel guitar, banjo and ukulele).
Martin specialises in musical styles of the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s jazz and blues. He has played with most of the top vintage jazz stylists in the UK including Keith Nichols, The Charleston Chasers and Matthias Seuffert. He has toured the States extensively recording with violinist Andy Stein and trumpeter John Erik Kelso
Tickets are £10 for this monumental event and are available at Grayshott Social Club in Hill Road. I hope to see you all there to banish away those post-Christmas blues