TJ Johnson piano,vocals
Al Nicholls sax
Jay Darwish bass
Tony Pitt banjo, guitar
Wesley Gibbens drums
We had perfection on Wednesday night at the last club session for 2015 and it will be hard to beat a night like this that’s for sure! The audience loved every minute from start to finish and the music and band were outstanding. It was another night where we wished that we had more hours in the night!!
It was also our fish and chip supper (yummy as always) so being busy with other things I didn’t get the chance to jot down the tunes that we listened to but the repertoire was great and the atmosphere in the room was electric.
We thank TJ and the band for travelling up to Pershore to entertain us and we look forward to seeing them again next year when they have been booked to appear on Saturday and Sunday at the festival in August. Another reason to get your ticket early!!!!
Graham Smith presented a cheque to Val Wood, Chairman of Wychavon District Council, for her charity this year, which is Dementia UK. We raised £160 during the last two club nights by selling raffle tickets for two Christmas Hampers. The lucky winners were Daphne Hazell and Sally Sharp. A big thank you to everyone who bought tickets to support this charity.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all from Pershore Jazz Committee and we look forward to your support for 2016 and more fun.
Amy Roberts reeds
Ian Bateman trombone/flugelbone
Paul Sawtell piano
Bill Coleman bass
Jack Cotterill drums
This was once again a top class performance from a quintet formulated by Amy especially for our session at Pershore Jazz Club. It was unfortunate that Tom Kincaid was unable to fulfill the gig but in his place we enjoyed the splendid talent of Paul Sawtell who made his first visit to the club.
We enjoyed a varied programme of tunes and were re-acquainted with Amy’s sense of humour throughout the evening. Tunes played were the opening number “Honeysuckle Rose”, “Black & Blue” which Amy said would make us all depressed so it livened up again with “S’Wonderful” and “But Beautiful” played by Ian. “Pennies From Heaven” with Amy on flute was followed by a request of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”, which Amy played backed by the rhythm section. The first set finished with the great tune “Christopher Columbus”.
The second set tunes were “Lady Be Good”, “You Took Advantage of Me”, “Sweet Sue”, “Come Fly with Me” by Ian, “Basin Street Blues”, an excellent rhythm section trio of “I’m Old Fashioned” brought us to the penultimate tune – the lovely “Black Orpheus”. The band’s final number was “Sweet Georgia Brown”.
The evening went by in a flash and we wished that they could have played longer but we thoroughly enjoyed this session. Another bonus for the club and the band was that for our second time in our new venue we exceeded the attendance of 100! Please keep supporting your jazz at Pershore JC and making it possible for us to bring it to you!
Wednesday 28th October 2015
John Hallam reeds
Gary Wood trumpet
Martin Veasey trombone
Jim Douglas guitar/banjo
Rod Kelly piano
John Day bass
Graham Smith drums
This evening was special for two reasons. Firstly it was the first club night at our new venue – which turns out to be a great venue and the staff were so welcoming to both the committee and our audience. Secondly special for the unique session that we presented. The band and the name was the brainchild of Graham Smith and Jim Douglas who sat one evening after a gig and discussed who they would both like to play with the most and what would be their ideal band.
The musicians they selected for “50 Shades of Jazz” were all top caliber and the exciting and highly entertaining programme that they delivered was also out of the top drawer. Gary did a first class job fronting the band and of course there had to be the occasional innuendo about Fifty Shades of Grey but that all added to the humour and atmosphere of the evening. From the first tune played until the last it was as if we were listening to a well rehearsed band – no dodgy endings and no signs of the musicians being together for the first time. This was a sure indication of how professional they all were.
Tunes we listened to were to some extent influenced by Alex Welsh as of course Jim was a member of his Jazz Band until it finished touring and Alex’s premature death in 1982. We enjoyed lovely features from John Hallam, Jim, Martin and Rod. Tunes played included As Long As I Live, There’ll Be Some Changes Made which had a vocal from Gary, Original Dixieland One Step, Oh Baby, At The Jazz Band Ball, Goody Goody, 9:20 Special, Sleepy Time Gal, Rosetta, Keepin’ Out Of Mischief Now, Limehouse Blues finishing with Good Queen Bess.
It was a truly memorable night and what a way to christen our new venue. Excellent!
Wednesday 30th September 2015
Bill Smith – cornet
Roger Myerscough – reeds
Brian “Sam” Ellis – trombone
Chris Marney – banjo
Tony Pollitt – bass
Graham Smith – drums (depping for John Meehan)
As expected we enjoyed a superb night in the company of Savannah Jazz Band. This band never fails to please their audience with their varied repertoire, their humour and great performance from all the musicians.
They began the evening with a request of “Kentucky Home” and followed this with “Darktown Strutters Ball” and “Storyville Blues”. Roger sang his “theme tune” next which was “The Curse of an Aching Heart”. Argh! “It’s Sweet Like This”, a King Oliver Band tune, was followed by Chris Marney singing a Johnny Mercer tune “While we Danced at the Mardi Gras”. We enjoyed “Blame it on the Blues” and “Lead Me Saviour” which was a clarinet feature beautifully played by Roger and with Brian moving onto the bands newly purchased steam driven keyboard. “See See Rider” a great up-tempo tune with Bill playing mouth organ took us into the interval. A fabulous first set!
“Smile” a popular standard was the opening tune for the second set and followed by a 1954 tune by Frankie Laine “I May be Wrong” sung by Bill. “Hiawatha”, “His Eye is on the Sparrow”, “Bogalusa Strut” all came before another beautifully played tune by Roger with Brian on keyboard, which was “In the Garden”. Chris featured and sang “Louisiana Fairytale” a Mitchell Parish claim to fame – he also wrote the lyrics for Star Dust, and this tune was bringing us sadly closer to the end of the evening. The penultimate tune was “Just a Little While” which was poignant due to our pending move and the final tune “Going Home” brought the session to an end. We could have listened to more and more tunes but regretfully all good things come to an end!
Big thanks to the entire band for such an entertaining evening’s jazz and I know that Graham has enjoyed helping the band during John’s absence. Best wishes to John for the future.