Dave's Jazz Notes for June 2024

Hello all you Jass lovers

Here we are again with some information about what has been in May and what treats are in store in June.

Our visiting band at Zelda’s Jazz room on May16th was Tad Newton’s Jazz Friends. Tad has been a trombone playing band leader for a very long time and has always collected some terrific musicians to work with. Gary Wood was on great form, both on trumpet and vocals and is now partnered in the front line by Mike Wills, mostly playing alto sax and clarinet. The rhythm section is also top class, Alan Haughton being a very inventive pianist, Tomas Pedersen, a superb swinging bass man and Ronnie Fenn a very tasteful drummer who also swings like mad.

We were treated to their program “Basin Street to Harlem” with tunes from the New Orleans days to the Big Band period. A great afternoon’s Jazz.

The Rascals guest at the Lamb was Kevin Grenfell, a trombonist with a prodigious technique who I first met in Pete Allen’s band. He also has a fine singing voice and is a very amusing raconteur. Regular Rascals, Mike Wills and Tony Blincowe (a superb team) were on fine form and the three of them produced some exciting music. We must also mention Andrew Clancy who has become a regular with the Rascals and is an excellent & dynamic pianist, very creative and suiting the band down to the ground. Regular bassman, Mike Bennett, as dependable as ever, fulfills a vital role in a drumless band - and then there’s me, writing charts for the band, playing my lovely old Gibson guitar, perpetrating the occasional vocal and generally organising things.

In June (Wednesday the 26th) we will welcome back a fine trumpet and cornet player, Andy Woon as our guest. The Rascals will be as above, so we should have some good fun playing from our large repertoire, which includes many lesser known tunes, from Louis and Bix to The Duke & The Count. Do join us, there is no admission charge and you can phone the Lamb (01235 766768) to book a table, We run a raffle by which means we are able to afford the fantastic guest musicians who come to play with us. Might we suggest a fiver a head for 5 tickets per person?

At Zelda’s Jazz Room (at the Comrades Club in Newbury Street) which is at 2.30 on the afternoon of Thursday June 20th, we are delighted to present Paula Jackman’s Jazz Masters. Paula is a fine clarinet and sax player and her band will include “Magic” Mike Henry, trumpet, Alistair Alan on trombone, Hugh Crozier, piano, Marc Easener, sousaphone and Graham Collicott at the drums. The doors open at 2pm and for £15 a ticket you can hear some of the finest jazz around. We look forward to seeing you!

That’s it for now – welcome to one or two new names to our mailing list – Keep Jazzing

Dave & Zelda