Zelda’s Jazz Room, November 2018 Jazz at the Lamb, November 2018

November Jazz Notes

Hello again to all “Jazz Notes” addicts – if there are such people!

What a good session October’s ZJR proved to be. The Jazzaholics were on excellent form, a group of highly skilled musicians with long experience expertly led by a much younger man and from behind the drums at that. “Jools” did himself proud, Denny Ilett, Karl Hird and Mike Owen produced the front line fireworks. and Brian Mellor & Jim Swinnerton with Jools were rock steady – great stuff.

We have something special in November too. We usually feature a Gypsy Jazz band somewhere in the year – this time they are a trio from Italy led by Dario Napoli who is a very fine guitarist. If you can have a bonus with that we have, in that they will be joined by one of my favourite jazz violinists, Andy Aitchison. Andy hasn’t been to ZJR but did visit Lains Barn on a number of occasions “in the old days!”  I am greatly looking forward to their visit and I hope lots of you will be able to take this opportunity to come and hear them.

The young man who was the Rascal’s guest at the Lamb fulfilled all expectations. Michael McQuaid is another in a long line of Australians who visited the UK and stayed (Karl Hird – see above – is another). His skill on alto sax, clarinet and trumpet meant we could experiment with different voicings and so played an unusually varied program. What a player! – and it won’t have escaped your notice that the Rascals are a band who relish such challenges and are up to all of them.

In November Susanne Hodgson will be singing with us again. She will be taking an evening off from looking after her young family and holding down a complex job, thus giving us a chance to enjoy her soulful singing and interesting repertoire of songs.

Theale Jazz Nights (every Tuesday at Theale Village Hall, Englefield Rd, 8.30pm) continue with an array of trumpet playing guests including Andy Dickens, Alan Brock and Tim Eyles, always a good evenings jazz.

We are still adding to our contact list for these notes so if you know anyone who would like to receive them, do let me know. Of course sadly we do lose one or two periodically so keep taking your five a day, keep fit and come for your periodic jazz infusions!