Jazz Newsletter September 2019

Hello Folks,

Next week’s Jazz Night, Tuesday 24th September, will feature Mike Cotton, one of the club’s favourite guests. We are lucky to get Mike this month as he is away the next day on a tour of Denmark with the renowned band, ‘The Stars of British Jazz’. Stars indeed, every one of them. Mike has also been busy playing at Lords in the Ashes Test match. If the weather is fine the band are called ‘The Outswingers’ and if it’s wet they play inside and are called ‘The Inswingers’ Wonderful!

The tickets for the October concert ( Alan Barnes) will be available for purchase on Tuesday evening at the club. Alan, as I have said before is one of the world’s most respected reedsmen. I spoke to Alan yesterday and he is really excited about coming to Grayshott ( the word gets around that we are one of the most successful Jazz Clubs in the country), despite the fact that he’d just returned from a nine day tour of Norway. Who says we don’t get big names at Grayshott! Anyway tickets will be on sale at the club priced at the usual £10.
I shall be writing in more detail about the line-up for Alan’s concert in the near future.

Enjoy the jazz
Mike

Dates for the diary
Tuesday 24th September Club night with special guest Mike Cotton
Tuesday 15th October The Alan Barnes Quartet
November – Temperance Seven – date to be confirmed

Jazz Newsletter August 2019

Hello Folks,

We had a great turn-out for July’s Jazz to witness myself (standing in for Bill), Richard, Dave and Andy playing selections from the jazz repertoire. We also asked for suggestions from you, the audience as to your favourite tunes. I’d like to keep this going in a relaxed, spontaneous way and not too formal. However, should the request be written on the back of a ten pound note I’m sure that particular tune would be worthy of consideration!

We still haven’t decided on the band’s future line-up. We shall wait for Bill’s return before deciding anything. We will keep you informed.

Next Tuesday (20th August) we welcome back Enrico Tomasso with his Riverboat Shufflers – our own Richard White, bass saxophone, the guru of guitar Martin Wheatley and Trevor Whiting the redoubtable reedsman. I’m looking forward to it immensely, tickets are £10 from the Social Club

Enjoy the evening
Mike

Dates for the diary
Tuesday 20th August – Enrico Tomasso and his Riverboat Shufflers
Tuesday 15th October – The Alan Barnes Quartet
Tuesday 12th November – The Temperance Seven

PS On a sad note – Chris Barber has retired from band work.
For the official statement – www.chrisbarber.net

Jazz Newsletter July 2019

Hello Folks,

A good attendance at last month’s session made for a good atmosphere as Mike Cotton took to the stage to illustrate why he is still one of Britain’s leading trumpet players. Kansas City, with Mike on vocals and harmonica, was redolent of the Mike Cotton Sound as his band morphed into R’n’B in the middle sixties. A fitting end to the night’s entertainment. It was also good to see (and hear) bassist Dave vocalising on ‘Devil on my Shoulder’. Dave has a great voice and I’m sure everyone would like to hear more of his vast vocal repertoire.

Next Tuesday, 30th July, we welcome back Andy Norman in his role as super-sub on trumpet. I will be taking care of all things chordal as Bill is away spreading the gospel of the banjo to Norfolkers on The Broads. Nutty is unwell so you will be entertained by the four of us. I am looking forward to playing with Richard and Dave again.

Enjoy the evening

Mike.

Dates for the diary
Tuesday 20th August Enrico Tomasso TBC
Tuesday 15th October The Alan Barnes Quartet
Tuesday 12th November The Temperance Seven

Life Member – Roy Rudge

Dear Member,

Sadly, I have been notified that one of our Life Members, Roy Rudge,  passed away on the 14th of June, aged 87 years, after a long illness. Roy was well known to our lunch-time snooker playing regulars and will be sadly missed.
The funeral will take place on the 2nd of July at Aldershot Crematorium at 3 p.m.

Andy Smith
Club Secretary

 

Jazz Newsletter June 2019

Hello Folks,

Last Tuesday’s concert will go down as one of the most memorable nights the club has had in it’s existence of more than ten years – (am I right about this – can someone with a good memory remember when we started)?

Rico’s Rhythmic Rascals provided an excellent journey through the history of Jazz including some personal recollections from Rico about his time in New Orleans at the age of 10 with his father, Ernie (a well-known clarinettist) and the veteran trumpeter Alvin Acorn. But it was the music that stole the show on Tuesday. Surely this band is one of the best interpreters of early jazz music.

The impeccable Colin Goode was outstanding on piano as was Martin Wheatley on tenor banjo and guitar. A difficult combination at the best of times due to the interpretation of chords, particularly passing chords during and at the end of choruses. They gelled throughout, not getting in each other’s way and ensuring a sound rhythmic platform for Rico himself and the majestic, lyrical reed playing of Trevor Whiting.

Rico himself, as usual, giving an unfettered display of Louis Armstrong-like choruses as well as his scat singing. Apart from the intensity and sheer beauty of the music, the evening was most informative with Rico explaining and demonstrating the different sounds you can get with a variety of trumpet mutes.

THEY WILL BE BACK!

A week on Tuesday (29th) we welcome back another of one of Britains finest trumpet players – Mike Cotton who, apart from being a bandleader from 1960, has played with them all including a twelve year stint with Acker Bilk. Bill’s Demons will be in support with Richard back on the tiller.

Have a good night

Mike

Dates for the diary
Tuesday 25th June Mike Cotton with Bill’s Demons
Tuesday 20th August Enrico Tomasso TBC
Tuesday 15th October The Alan Barnes Quartet
Tuesday 12th November The Temperance Seven

Jazz Newsletter May 2019

Hello Folks,

Last Tuesday (14th May) the club hosted a charity evening in aid of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance. The evening featured a ukulele group, Shades, as the main event with solo artist Victoria on ukulele singing some of her own compositions. I know it’s not everybody’s cup of tea but my grateful thanks go out to the regular jazz members who saved the day with their attendance. I’m delighted to say the evening raised £554.40 for the charity. We must remember that it costs £15,000 a day to run this valuable service and receive no money, to my knowledge, from this government. So every penny collected is vital to the survival of the work of these worthy heroes.

Tuesday 28th May at our regular monthly jazz we feature two new faces. Andy Woon on trumpet. Andy is a regular player with the Harry Strutter Hot Rhythm Orchestra. Tim Asson, the ageless, well-known clarinet player on the scene, will be sitting in Richard’s chair for the evening.

Should be a good night.
Enjoy the jazz
Mike

PS Tickets for the Enrico Tomasso concert will be on sale in the club at the next Jazz Club evening.

Dates for the diary
Tuesday May 28th – Binkie with Andy Woon and Tim Asson
Tuesday June 11th Concert – Enrico Tomasso and band – £10
Sunday June 16th The Chocolate Frog, Oakhanger. 12 – 3 Richard, Dave and Mike
Tuesday June 25th – Binkie’s Dixies with special Guest Mike Cotton
Tuesday 5th November Concert Temperance Seven

For your information
The Arts Society Grayshott
The Age of Jazz by Sandy Burnett
Thursday 6th June 2019  2 pm
Grayshott Village Hall