Jeff Barnhart’s International Swing Four

Wednesday 31st May 2017

Jeff Barnhart – pianoJeff Barnhart’s International Swing Four
Anne Barnhart – flute & vocals
John Hallam – reeds
Graham Smith – drums
Tony Sharp guesting on bass

As was expected this was a superb evening both musically and for entertainment. A lovely mixed repertoire and some spell binding tunes especially John’s version of Burgundy St Blues. The time flew by and before we knew it 10.30pm had arrived and that was the end of great evening’s jazz.

Tunes played tonight were Crazy Rhythm, What is This Thing Called Love played with a Latin feel, Almost Like Being in Love a soundtrack tune from Brigadoon, Drop Me Off in Harlem with John on tenor sax and You’re Driving Me Crazy on his baritone sax, a medley of Fats Waller tunes by Jeff on piano demonstrating Harlem Stride Piano style, Someone to Watch Over Me a duo with Jeff on piano and Anne on flute, Bei Mir Bist du Schon, I Want to be Happy, Avalon, Take Away My Heart a lovely vocal by Anne, What Happened to the Guy in the Polka Dotted Tie a tune written by Jule Styne who also wrote Party’s Over and Just in Time, Shake It, Don’t Break It a gospel jazz 2 beat style tune with John on tenor sax, the beautiful tune Burgundy St Blues by Jeff & John, It Don’t Mean A Thing an Ellington tune with unusual four bar solos with bass and drums, Undecided a tune started with Graham using brushes then the front line joining in and bass and piano and again four bar solos this time with flute and clarinet. The final tune for the evening was I Love You For Sentimental Reasons with a vocal from Anne.

Thank you everyone for contributing to an excellent evening, great to have Tony playing and thanks to Graham for providing all the equipment for the night i.e. drums, piano, PA.