November Jazz Notes
First, the recap: Chris Walker’s Pedigree Band played their socks off – the band gets better and better. The rhythm team was great with Graham Smith on drums and the ubiquitous Mike Bennett on bass joining banjoist John Noddings. We first heard Tony Mann playing bass in the band, but his move to the trombone chair suits him really well, especially with the excellent lead from Andy Chislett. Chris himself seems very comfortable taking on the mantle of jazz historian.
In November we welcome two musicians who we know well but don’t usually see together. Kevin Grenfell and Richard Leach are both band leaders in their own right, and both fine though very different trombone players. These days Kevin is playing trumpet quite a lot as well. Their band is called Slide by Slide, and you can expect a swinging evening of great tunes played with imagination and humour, especially as Graham Smith will be back at ZJR playing the drums.
At the Lamb, the Rascals will be joined by a superb reedman, Olly Wilby. He has helped us out a couple of times when Mike or Tony were unavailable and has always impressed us mightily, so this time he will be here as “official” guest.
Now a bit of forward planning – our December “betwixmas” spot will be on Thursday December 28th. We don’t usually have a guest for this gig but are going to break with tradition and have invited a fine young trumpeter, Lester Brown, to join us – put it in your diary.
October at the Lamb was a joyous occasion, Lizzie Newbury being on great form – she is a delight to work with – and, due to Mike Wills suffering from the dreaded coughing lurgy, we also enjoyed the company of Sue Greenway at very short notice. As always she was terrific – there’s no other word for it. We hope Mike recovers soon.
What else have we for you? Pete Allen is at the Chequers in Newbury – 3pm till 5.30 on the 19th with a very special guest, trumpeter Enrico Tomasso.
At Theale while I’m away, Terry Hutchins and Paul Sealey will fill my chair – two wonderful players. The list of trumpeters includes Tony Davis, Tim Eyles and on the 21st Enrico Tomasso so you could catch him twice in one week! On the 28th Graeme Hewitt will be away so the Rascals will be at Theale (plus Steve Watling on drums) an unusual occasion. On the 29th the Rascals are booked to play at Richmond Village (Letcombe Regis) at their supper club –please check the time if you’re coming – I think it’s 6.30
At the beginning of December the full 7 piece Pete Allen Band is at the Chequers, Newbury (3pm Sunday Dec 3), and finally please note the December ZJR is on the 13th with the Savannah Jazz Band (and mince pies).
Last month I mentioned transport. I am delighted to say we have already had one offer to pick up and return two (and possibly three) people who otherwise don’t often come because of a variety of travel problems. This driver will come from the Faringdon direction so would obviously prefer to pick up from somewhere to the West of Wantage, but would consider any request. I suspect most of you who have a problem with driving at night (or driving at all!) don’t like to initiate a request for assistance; but now we know some help is available perhaps anyone interested would phone or email me (01235 765648) and we’ll see what can be done. After all we need all the support we can get. (A small surplus in October – yippee!)
I think that’s it for now – we look forward to seeing you.