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

July Jazz Notes

My “office” is in the roof space of my house and at 10am it’s already pretty hot. It’s great but we just aren’t used to it are we?

What can I tell you about Spats that you don’t already know? Nothing really except he and his band were on top form and enchanted you all with his laid back conversational style and wonderful musicianship. Not our most successful in numbers (we just made it financially) but musically a huge success.

In July Matt Palmers “Nottingham Crew” will be with us again. I always enjoy Matt’s enthusiastic approach and eclectic style. An excellent working band. At a time when Jazz Clubs are falling by the wayside we are very happy to be keeping our heads above water – we can only do it because of your support and willingness to turn out and keep things going. Thank you all.

At the Lamb Pete Allen once again proved a big draw. He never fails to give 100% and his passionate and direct approach is very appealing. We were able to provide a special programme for him and he in turn fitted in with what is, for him a fairly unusual setting. As a long standing bandleader he is also very good on the microphone and chats easily with an audience. Altogether a great evening and what a delight to have Tony Blincowe back with us, playing superbly and looking well.

July brings a visit from that excellent cornet and trumpet player Andy Woon. He is another of our favourites, not just because of his great playing but his ability to fit into any surroundings as if he’d been doing it for ever. Amongst other things he is a fine interpreter of the music of Bix Beiderbecke so there will be a good sprinkling of that amongst the now fairly extensive Rascals program.

Since it will be early in August I must mention the Chequers Hotel in Newbury, where on Sunday Aug 5th – 3pm till 5.30 that superb and delightful singer Val Wiseman will be with Pete Allen’s Hot 5 (including me I’m glad to say.) If you can make it, it’s a rare opportunity to hear one of the very best.

All of you are by now aware of that rare thing, a weekly jazz night. Its at the Village Hall, Englefield Rd, Theale where Graeme Hewitt presides. The HSJB hasn’t had a regular trumpet player for some time but the result has been a succession of terrific guest players. July brings Chas McDevitt (3rd), Peter Rudeforth (10th), Andy Dickens (17th), and Lester Brown (24th) so far! Starts at 8.30 and works similarly to the Lamb – you are asked to take part in the raffle, currently at Theale a £9 donation – pretty good value!

Did any of you catch the Rascals at the Abingdon Food Fair (Saturday June 23rd)? Biggest audience we’ve had for a long time! And good fun.

Well “that’s yer lot” for this month (who said that – was it Arthur English?). We hope to see you at one or more of our extravaganzas – take care in the sun,