Grayshott Jazz Club Newsletter March 2018

Steve Rushton band – Cool Heat, Burning Beat

Jazz lovers were treated to an evening of bebop on 6th March with the Steve Rushton band – Cool Heat, Burning Beat. This was basically a tribute to that great American drummer of the 40s Gene Krupa and the stylish vocalist Anita O’Day.  Louise Cookman played and sang the miss O’day part perfectly between wry observations and banter between her and madcap drummer Rushton. They were ably supported by Sue Greenaway, flute and tenor sax and David Prizeman trumpet.

Steve Rushton, Louise Cookman, Sue Greenaway, David Prizeman

Joining Steve in the rhythm section was guitarist Al Cherry and bassist Paul Morgan whose solo rendition of ‘In a sentimental mood’ by Duke Ellington, for me at any rate, stole the whole show in an evening of staccato jazz arrangements by Mr Steve Rushton.

Al Cherry and bassist Paul Morgan

Steve will be back at the club in July with Tony Jacobs and the Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra.

Next Tuesday the 27th features the Naffle supported by Bixie’s Dixie Demons. I will be giving the uke a run out as well as doing a few ballads with Richard and Bill. Look forward to seeing you all.


Dates for the diary –

Sunday May 20th The Temperance Seven. Tickets on sale from Tuesday.

Tuesday July 24 Tony Jacobs and the tuxedo jazz orchestra

Tuesday Nov 13th the FB pocket Orchestra

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Tonight at the Club – Five Piece Jazz Band


PERCUSSION MAESTRO Steve Rushton and jazz and big band vocalist Louise Cookman present a new show celebrating the music of jazz legends Anita O’Day and Gene Krupa; a five piece band features in a dynamic show to coincide with the launch of their latest album, entitled “Cool Heat, Burnin’ Beat”.

The project is an exploration and re-imagining of the music that Anita performed and recorded with the iconic drummer and bandleader Gene Krupa, along with insights into theturbulent lives of the explosive Krupa and the equally fiery and determined Miss O’Day.

Louise Cookman is an acclaimed singer with a unique quality of phrasing, warmth and vibrancy, combined with a love of communicating with a live audience and a sheer joy in performing.  Louise started her career as a dance band and big band vocalist, specialising in the music of the 20s, 30s and 40s; she was the vocalist with the Pasadena Roof Orchestra for over five years, she was a regular guest singer on Big Band Special on BBC Radio 2 and over the past few years has had the pleasure of touring the UK as guest vocalist with the great Ken Peplowski and the BBC Big Band, as well as with The Glenn Miller Orchestra UK and Michael Law’s Piccadilly Dance Orchestra.

She has sung on Radio 2, 3 and 4, appeared in Period TV Drama, performed at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Cadogan Hall, the Queen Elizabeth and Royal Festival Halls and made countless concert and cabaret appearances throughout the UK and Europe. She was recently also the featured vocalist on “Len Goodman’s Dancing Feet” and “Len Goodman’s Dance Band Days”, both for BBC4 television.

Over the course of a career that spans five decades, Steve Rushton has become one of the UK’s busiest and most in demand drummers, with an impressive list of credits to his name. A flamboyant and stylish performer, he is perhaps best known currently for his work with Imelda May, touring the world as a member of her band, featuring on her last three number one albums, and on the Grammy nominated Jeff Beck album and DVD, Rock ‘n’ Roll Party (Honouring Les Paul).
“….singing sultry vocals that sit perfectly amid the rich settings of the band” – Alyn Shipton, The Times

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Jazz Newsletter February 2018

Dear Jazzers

Next Tuesday Nutty will be away so augmenting Bill’s Demons will be my good self on rhythm guitar hoping to replicate the percussive sound of Nutty’s quiet effective swing. Being hirsutely challenged, like Nutty, to complete the imitation I am willing to wear glasses! Do enjoy the evening and don’t forget to get your tickets, available at the club, for Cool Heat, Burnin’ Beat on March 6th 2018 – definitely a night not to be missed.

Dates for the diary
Tuesday March 6th Cool Heat, Burnin’ Beat
Sunday May 20th The Temperance Seven
Tuesday July 24th Tony Jacobs Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra

Keep Jazzing

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This Weekend – England v Scotland, Man Utd v Chelsea and EFL Cup Final Arsenal v Man City

Monday 19th February
Wigan v Man City (FA Cup 5th Round) 19:55
Tuesday 20th February
Chelsea v Barcelona (Champions League)19:45
Wednesday 21st February
Sevilla v Man Utd (Champions League) 19:45
Thursday 22nd February
Arsenal v Ostersund (Europa League) 20:05
Friday 23rd February
France v Italy (Six Nations Rugby) 20:00

Saturday 24th February
Leicester v Stoke (Premier League) 12:30
Ireland v Wales (Six Nations Rugby) 14:15
Scotland v England (Six Nations) 16:45 (on our BIG SCREEN with HOT PIES at half time)
Watford v Everton (Premier League) 17:30

Sunday 25th February (Super Sunday)
Palace v Spurs (Premier League) 12:00
Man Utd v Chelsea (Premier League) 14:05
Arsenal v Man City (EFL Cup Final) 16:30

Coming Soon – Six Nations
Saturday 10th March
France v England 16:45

This Week – Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup

Monday 12th February
Chelsea v West Bromwich Albion (Premier League) 20:00

Tuesday 13th February
Basel v Man City (Champions League) 19:45
Juventus v Spurs (Champions League) 19:45

Wednesday 14th February
Porto v Liverpool (Champions League) 19:45

Thursday 15th February
Ostersund v Arsenal (Europa League) 18:00

Friday 16th February
Chelsea v Hull (FA Cup 5th Round) 20:00

Saturday 17th February
Sheff Wed v Swansea (FA Cup 5th Round) 12:30
Huddersfield v Man Utd (FA Cup 5th Round) 17:30

Sunday 18th February
Norwich v Ipswich (Championship) 12:00
Rochdale v Spurs (FA Cup 5th Round) 16:00

Coming Soon – Six Nations Rugby on the BIG SCREEN
Friday 23rd February 
France v Italy 20:00
Saturday 24th February
Ireland v Wales 14:15
Scotland v England (Pies at half time) 16:45

This Weekend – Wales v England, Spurs v Arsenal and Southampton v Liverpool

Monday 5th February
Watford v Chelsea (Premier League) 20:00

Tuesday 6th February
Swansea v Notts County (FA Cup Replay) 20:05

Wednesday 7th February
Spurs v Newport (FA Cup Replay) 19:45

Saturday 10th February
Spurs v Arsenal (Premier League) 12:30
Ireland v Italy (Six Nations) 14:15
England v Wales (Six Nations) 16:45
Man City v Leicester (Premier League) 17:30

Sunday 11th February
Hudd’field v B’mouth (Premier League) 12:00
Newcastle v Man Utd (Premier League) 14:15
Scotland v France (Six Nations) 15:00
Southampton v Liverpool (Premier League) 16:30

Monday 12th February
Chelsea v West Brom (Premier League) 20:00

Coming Soon
Saturday 24th February
Scotland v England (Six Nations Rugby) 16:45

This Week – Italy v England, Spurs v Man Utd and Liverpool v Spurs

This weekend sees the return of the Rugby Six Nations tournament, Saturday sees Wales at home to Scotland at 14:15 and France v Ireland at 16:45. All four of these teams (particularly Scotland and Ireland) have aspirations to win the tournament and so these are bound to be closely fought games. At 3pm on Sunday injury-hit England kick off their tournament against Italy in Rome at 3pm, this game will be shown on the BIG SCREEN with hot pies at half time.

Football fans can watch two huge ‘top-five’ games this week – Spurs are at home to Man United at 8pm on Wednesday evening, and at 4:30pm on Sunday Spurs are away to Liverpool.

Looking forward, Saturday 10th February sees England play Wales at Twickenham at 4:45pm. This game is always fantastic to watch and as usual it will be shown on the BIG SCREEN with hot pies at half time.

Tuesday 30th January
Huddersfield v Liverpool (Premier League) 20:00

Wednesday 31st January
Spurs v Man Utd (Premier League) 20:00

Saturday 3rd February
Burnley v Man City (Premier League) 12:30
Wales v Scotland (Six Nations) 14:15
France v Ireland (Six Nations) 16:45
Arsenal v Everton (Premier League) 17:30

Sunday 4th February
Crystal Palace v Newcastle (Premier League) 14:15
Italy v England (Six Nations) (Hot Pies at Half Time) 15:00
Liverpool v Spurs (Premier league)16:30

Monday 5th February
Watford v Chelsea (Premier League) 20:00

Coming Soon – Six Nations Rugby
Saturday 10th February
Ireland v Italy 14:15
England v Wales (Hot Pies at Half Time) 16:45

Sunday 11th February
Scotland v France 15:00

Jazz Newsletter – January 2018

Dear Jazzers,

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.

Keep jazzing


Live Cup Football and Rugby This Week at The Club

Live Football on TV
Monday 22nd January
Swansea v Liverpool (Premier League) 20:00
Tuesday 23rd January
Bristol City v Man City (EFL Cup Semi Final) 19:45
Wednesday 24th January
Arsenal v Chelsea (EFL Cup Semi Final) 20:00
Friday 26th January
Yeovil v Man Utd (FA Cup 4th Round) 19:55
Saturday 27th January
Peterborough v Leicester (FA Cup 4th Round) 12:30
Newport v Spurs (FA Cup 4th Round) 17:30
Liverpool v WBA (FA Cup 4th Round) 19:45
Sunday 28th January
Chelsea v Newcastle (FA Cup 4th Round) 13:30
Cardiff v Man City (FA Cup 4th Round) 16:00

Live Rugby on TV
Saturday 27th January
Bath v Newcastle (LV Cup) 14:30

Coming Soon – Six Nations Rugby
Saturday 3rd February
Wales v Scotland 14:15
France v Ireland 16:45
Sunday 4th February
Italy v England 15:00

Saturday 10th February
Ireland v Italy 14:15
England v Wales 16:45
Sunday 11th February
Scotland v France 15:00