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

Jazz Newsletter Mid-April 2019

Hello Folks,

59 people were treated to an action-packed musical performance by drummer Steve Rushton and his band on the 9th April at the Grayshott Jazz Club. Steve was in sparkling form alongside a rhythm section of veteran bass player Paul Morgan and stand-in key-board player Mike Gorman who provided a splendid rhythmical platform for trumpet and flugal horn player Dave Priseman and multi reedist and flute player Mick Foster. All this was topped off with the vocal pyrotechnics of Miss Louise Cookman who’s portrayal of Anita O’Day at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival was outstanding. For me though bassist, Paul Morgan’s feature on ‘In a sentimental mood’ took the audience to a higher musical level. This band surely deserves better recognition than it already has.

The Jazz at the club next week is a normal (Sub-normal/abnormal) session with Bill’s usual gang now featuring Andy Norman for the next couple of months.

The next concert is, of course, Charity Ukes for the Air Ambulance on Tuesday 14th May 8 -10.30 starring the uke group Shades supported by Victoria. Admission £10 and tickets now on sale at the club

There will be the usual raffle (RAFFLE not NAFFLE) and all proceeds will be going to the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance

I hope you you will enjoy this evening of Ukulele playing and singing in aid of a very good cause.

Mike

Dates for the diary
Tuesday April 30th – Binkie’s Dixies with Andy Norman
Tuesday May 14th Concert – Charity Uke – Shades £10
Sunday May 19th Wine and Jazz evening at The Chocolate Frog 8-11 With Rico Tomasso, Richard White, Dave Doel and Mike Deighan
Tuesday May 28th – Binkie’s Dixies – Jazz Club
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
Coming in September – THE TEMPERANCE SEVEN!

Jazz Newsletter – April 2019

Hello Folks,

It was nice to see Andy Norman on trumpet at last month’s gig. We will have him back with us this month. I thought Bill was on form that night and the vocal interlude with Martin Sims (Gelf goes Gershwin) went down well.

Tomorrow (9th April) we are looking forward to the return of the tribute to Gene Krupa/Anita O’Day evening with Cool Heat Burning Beat starring the fabulous drummer/band leader, Steve Rushton and brilliant chanteuse Louise Cookman. We are sure everyone will be entertained by this superb group of musicians.

To the future – we will be presenting at the club, a charity Uke evening to raise money for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance. Headlining the evening will be the five piece Uke band, ‘Shades’, from Farnham. Also on the bill be Victoria who will sing and play the Uke. I will be on hand as compere for the evening and will fill in if required.

Hope to see you all on Tuesday

Enjoy the jazz Mike

Dates for the diary

Tuesday April 9th Concert – Steve Rushton (drummer) and band – £10
Tuesday April 30th – Binkie’s Dixies with Andy Norman
Tuesday May 14th Concert – Charity Uke – Shades £10
Sunday May 19th Wine and Jazz evening at The Chocolate Frog 8-11
With Rico Tomasso, Richard White, Dave Doel and Mike Deighan
Tuesday May 28th – Binkie’s Dixies – Jazz Club
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
Coming in September – THE TEMPERANCE SEVEN!