Zelda’s Jazz Room, September 2019 Jazz at the Lamb, September 2019

September Jazz Notes

Welcome to another set of Jazz Notes.

The first thing is to say how good “The Old Hat” were. Mike Soper & Will Scott play so well together and the trumpet and clarinet solos were a delight, Andrew Oliver on piano would be an inspiration to anybody, bassman Louis Thomas is solid as a rock and takes elegant solos, and newcomer John Kelly on guitar was a knockout. What a pleasure to find a young player using the acoustic guitar so well. And of course lots of you, our faithful jazz addicts, to hear and enjoy the music. Thank you.

In September it‘s the turn of Sarah Spencer to lead a band at ZJR. Her tough tenor sax and clarinet playing has graced other bands, but her own unit, which she calls the “Transatlantic Jazz Band”, reflects her considerable experience of playing in the USA. The band will also feature Mike Owen, a superb trombonist, and Jim Swinnerton‘s highly rhythmic bass playing. A certain local guitar and banjo player has also been asked to take part – he‘ll enjoy that!

At the Lamb our guest, trumpeter Ceri Williams was on excellent form. He really is a very good player and I hope we can work with him more often. He played the now quite extensive Rascals book with great aplomb and turned in expressive and very hot solos – terrific.

Next session (Sept 25th) features the soulful voice of Susanne Hodgson. It will be lovely for us to work with her again – she is very popular and has a great repertoire of songs straight out of “The Great American Songbook” which she interprets beautifully and very much in her own way.

I‘m off to take part in a new Pete Allen CD this weekend. I‘ll be back to play at the Crown & Trumpet in Broadway with Debbie Arthur’s band on the 5th if any of you get that far.

Pete Allen plays his last afternoon at the Chequers in Newbury on Sunday 15th (3pm) with the splendid Andy Dickens on trumpet. Pete is starting up at a new venue in the Newbury area which will again be on Sunday afternoons in the future. However, the special session to kick it off will be on Friday October 4th at 8pm with the full band. It‘s at the Deanwood Park Golf Club, Stockcross, RG20 8JP – a really nice venue.

The first Sunday session will be on October 13th with the amazing violinist Ben Holder.

Finally – please be warned – Jazz Notes will be late in October and come out after the 13th. Please don‘t pine away before then; I will be back!

Till then, all the best, and keep jazzing!