Club Reviews

John Hallam (reeds) and others

26th February 2014

John Hallam (reeds), Rod Kelly (piano), Tony Sharp (bass), Graham Smith (drums)

To a full house, John performed an evening of sophisticated jazz and as expected he never fails to provide great music and also tunes we do not always get the opportunity to hear. An added bonus tonight was John’s stories of his meetings and experiences when he had met famous reed players and this was all delivered with his amusing dry sense of humour. Tonight John was joined by a talented rhythm section of Rod Kelly on piano and our very own Tony Sharp on bass and Graham Smith on drums. A fabulous night and if you missed it ……. you certainly missed a good one! However, John will be back at Pershore Jazz Festival during the weekend of 15/16/17 August but should you wish to see him sooner see details on his website diary – www.johnhallamjazz.co.uk

Brownfield/Byrne Hot 6

29th January 2014

Jamie Brownfield(trumpet), Liam Byrne (reeds), Andy Hulme (guitar), Tom Kincaid (piano), Frank Grime (double bass), Jack Cotterill (drums)

What a way to start the New Year with youth, enthusiasm and really hot jazz. Jamie & Liam work so hard to generate the sounds of the jazz standards inspired by the swing era of Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Fats Waller and Duke Ellington, in their own inimitable way and it certainly works well. They have a sound all of their own and will keep the tradition of jazz alive for years to come. Unfortunately Jim Swinnerton couldn’t be with the band on this occasion but the very capable Frank stood in for him on double bass. The remaining rhythm section of Tom Kincaid on piano, Andy Hulme on guitar and Jack Cotterill on drums gave the band their great swing. You can not fail to see why Jamie, won the Rising Star category in the 2012 British Jazz Awards, and why Liam, who is responsible for the bands arrangements, will not take this band from strength to strength. It was a great evening of musical talent and we certainly hope to invite them back.

Chris Pearce’s Frenchmen Street Jazz Band

11th December 2013

Our Christmas jazz evening was held in the company of the Chris Pearce’s Frenchmen Street Jazz Band and a wonderful evening we had too. It was lovely to see Tony Pipkin back after a long absence due to his knee surgery. This session finalized our year in the style that we have tried hard to achieve and maintain with quality jazz played by knowledgeable and entertaining musicians. The fish and chip supper was a great success with them being served quickly and very hot and we have received many good reports about how well it went. Maybe worth repeating next December!

John Burgess, Roy Williams and others

27th November 2013

John Burgess (reeds), Roy Williams (trombone), Tom Kincaid (piano), John Fellows (bass), Graham Smith (drums)

We all enjoyed an excellent evening of jazz. John Burgess who is the leader of the Nova Scotia Jazz Band on the Scottish jazz scene teamed up with the infamous Roy Williams to give us an evening of music in the flavour of Alex Welch. Roger Davies was unfortunately not well enough to play bass and was replaced by the capable fingers of John Fellows. With the addition of our favourite pianist Tom Kincaid and drummer Graham Smith the quintet gave us swinging renditions of well-known jazz standards. Roy dedicated one number called ‘Lover Man’ to Al Gay who had recently passed away and told us a little of his time with the Alex Welch Band. A superb night.

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