Club Reviews

Washington Whirligig Jazz Band

Wednesday 28th September 2016photo

David Hepworth – reeds
Wil Robinson – trumpet
Liz Hepworth – bass
Andy Bramall – guitar
Rob Cotterell – drums

What a night we had! A very organized and professional band from the Barnsley area and we know now why they have been voted Band of the Year by Rochdale Jazz Club.

The band themed their repertoire for the evening on the tunes played by Alex Welsh and started with It’s Right Here For You. Fidgety Feet and Exactly Like You, sung by Liz, were followed by the jolly tune of Montmartre. Love is Just Around the Corner, Up a Lazy River with a vocal from Wil were followed with the energetic tune of Dippermouth Blues a tune written by King Oliver in 1923.
The band benefits from three vocalists and the next tune It Had To Be You was sung by Andy and the first set finished with a tune called Oh Baby written by a New Orleans jazz drummer named Paul Barbarin. He also wrote Bourbon Street Parade and Come Back Sweet Papa.

S’Wonderful started the second set followed by Serenade in Blue from 1975. Surfside Samba was a treat as was their version of Dapper Dan the classic tune from the Dresden Concert in 1971. This had a beautiful vocal duet from Andy & Wil and a great bass solo from Liz. The next tune was a reminder of when Alex played at the Dancing Slipper Club in Nottingham and it was a vocal from Liz – On the Sunny Side of the Street. Wil sang the next tune, which was It Don’t Mean, a Thing and the band played the proper ending to the tune. Another tune from the Dresden concert was 9.20 Special, which David said, was complicated but they smashed it and everyone loved it. Coming to the end of the evening’s performance we listened to Home before their final tune of Royal Garden Blues.

During the evening the band were asked where their name of Washington Whirligig came from and David explained that it came about while he was looking to form a new band and while on a holiday of a lifetime for his and Liz’s 25th wedding anniversary in New York. Charlie Barnet an American jazz saxophonist, composer and bandleader wrote the tune Washington Whirligig but his major recording was Skyliner.

Thanks to the entire band we had another successful evening at Pershore Jazz Club.

The Chosen 5

The Chosen 5
Wednesday 27th July

Jeremy Huggett reeds & vocals
Gethin Liddington – trumpet & flugelhorn
Richard West – piano
Wayne Elliott – bass
Eddie John – drums

This session was an exceptionally entertaining evening and thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. There was something for everyone’s tastes in their varied repertoire – very refreshing with a good mixture of tunes and styles. They are five talented musicians who blend well together and give a very polished and slick performance.

Jeremy and Gethin compliment each other’s playing and the rhythm section was awesome. Richard’s piano playing we could have listened to until the early hours, Wayne’s inspiring bass playing and vocal feature were fabulous and Eddie’s drumming sensational.

Some of the tunes we listened to were Christopher Columbus, Blues Skies, Fly Me to the Moon which Jeremy played on flute, Gethin’s vocal and muted trumpet on Just Squeeze Me, the Duke Ellington tune of Caravan (with the inclusion of Sweet Georgia Brown) with great rhythm section backing, a rousing It Don’t Mean a Thing, Indiana, Wayne’s request feature of a Johnny “guitar’ Watson tune of Gangster of Love was special, Satin Doll with Richard’s amazing piano solo and Jeremy playing flute, a great arrangement of Perdido, I’m Confessing That I Love You played in a Bossa Nova style where Gethin played his trumpet upside down (incredible) and their finishing number was a Herbie Hancock arrangement of Watermelon Man.

Thank you guys for a fabulous evening, which we hope, we can repeat again sometime.

Cate Cody Quintet

Wednesday 29th June 2016IMG_3406

Cate Cody – vocals
Trevor Whiting – reeds
Dave Newton – piano
John Day – bass
Charlie Stratford – drums

We enjoyed an evening in the presence of the Cate Cody Quintet and experienced their very fine musicianship with vocals and instruments. Cate with her sophisticated unique style is a vocalist of the highest standard and she presents unusual material from the twenties and thirties. Cate really understands the songs that she sings and she draws you in with what she says and performs.

Dave Newton showed us why he is a winner so often of the British Jazz Awards – there can be none finer for sure. John Day’s rhythmic double bass playing and Charlie Stratford’s fine drumming made an excellent rhythm section. On the front line with Cate was the exceptional reed player Trevor Whiting.

We were fortunate to be able to listen to this group of quality musicians who all enjoy what they do and we are pleased that there is the opportunity to listen to them again at this year’s jazz festival.

If you can’t wait until then Cate has a new CD available for purchase – have a look at her website for details on this and her forthcoming gigs.

Thank you Cate and all for a great evening’s music.

Jeff & Anne Barnhart with Tom ‘Spats’ Langham and Graham Smith “Hot & Sweet”

Wednesday 25th May 2016IMG_3408

An evening with a difference – whenever Jeff and Spats are together you can be assured that there will be fun and it will be an education. This is exactly what happened. We were treated to a highly musical session with much detail on composers, humour and the jazz history of the tunes that were played – it was the ultimate evenings entertainment to a packed house.

The addition of Anne on her golden flute and Graham on his drums added another dimension to the already great recipe.IMG_3409

The evening flew by and before we knew it was time to finish and it must be a rare occurrence when both the musicians and the audience want it to go on for longer. The audience was in full flight singing along and swaying (not always in the same direction but who cares) and it all created such a great atmosphere.

Highlight amongst all highlights for me was Anne’s playing of Blue Autumn – a most beautiful tune so beautifully played.

You will have the chance to see all the musicians at this year’s jazz festival 19/20/21st August 2016.

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