Club Reviews

Slide By Slide

25th September 2013


Kevin Grenfell & Richard Leach trombones, Roger Heeley piano, John Fellows bass and Graham Smith drums

An evening with an eclectic mix of music with a varied repertoire different from other bands all combined with the usual humour and jokes that we have come to expect and love. Their opening tune was China Town followed by Mean to Me which Kevin dedicated to his ex wife!

Toot, Toot, Tootsie started off the second set followed by Tea for Two with a very slick trombone introduction. A favourite tune of mine, Cute, was next with piano, bass and drums and the trombones playing off stage, which gave a truly magical sound. Graham is excellent on this number with his timely brushwork and playing the snare drum with his hands creating a totally different sound. Picking up the tempo for the last number of the evening was a Count Basie number, Splanky, making the five band members sound truly like a big band – a great number to finalise a great evening of entertainment.

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Christine Woodcock’s Stackyard Stompers

31st July 2013

stackChristine Woodcock leader/trombone/vocals, Johnny Pickett trumpet/cornet/whistles/vocals, Ron Findon clarinet/alto sax/vocals, Dave Arnold sousaphone, Roy Hart banjo, Richard Howell drums

Having proved themselves so popular at last year’s jazz festival this band was invited to play at the club following many requests from the audience and they were on stage ready and waiting for the clock to tick to the start time of 8.15pm. Dave had by this time dismantled the ceiling in order that he could play his sousa that fitted nicely into the gap he made. (did he repair it I wonder I didn’t check)!!


The Golden Eagle Jazz Band

26th June 2013


Kevin Scott – banjo/leader, Roy Stokes – trombone, Mike Scroxton – trumpet, Alan Cresswell – reeds, Mike Broad – bass, Pete Jackman – drums

We try to promise something different each month and this month was true to form when we were taken back in time by a band playing authentic New Orleans sounds. As the band says on its website they play “New Orleans jazz of the revival period the way it was meant to be played with a powerful and melodic frontline and a hard driving rhythm section”. They are more suited to a club that has dancing, whereas our audience likes to sit and listen and appreciate the music played, but dancing or no dancing they were very entertaining.

Laurie Chescoe’s Reunion Band

29th May 2013

ChescoeAlan “Lord Arsenal” Bradley trumpet, John Lee reeds, Dave Hewett trombone, Laurie Chescoe drums, Colin Bray piano, Jim Douglas banjo/guitar, Pete Skivington bass

This band was formed in 1990 by the drawing together talented like-minded musicians of real star quality coming from the ranks of the finest and well known bands on the jazz scene. Three members had been in the Alex Welsh band, one in Kenny Ball’s band and one spent many years with Acker Bilk. It was a great evening of tightly arranged tunes, an eclectic mix of music and of course humour.

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