Kevin Grenfell’s International Jazz Giants

Wednesday 27th April 2016

Kevin Grenfells Int Band.smallKevin Grenfell – trombone, trumpet & vocals
Paul Harrison – reeds
Phil Nice – keyboard
Jim Swinnerton – double bass
Graham Smith – drums

Kevin put together this group of musicians for the purpose of a ten day tour around jazz clubs in all corners of the UK – they certainly covered some mileage and that was just the three members who reside in the UK !! Paul Harrison and Phil Nice are both Brits who now live in Denmark (where they are very busy and popular on the jazz scene there) had obviously covered more miles before they started !!

We were pleased to be able to engage the band as part of their tour and had the privilege of listening to some great music all played with gusto and enthusiasm. As always there is never a dull moment with Kevin on stage and he was on form for the session with his wit and stories (believe all at your will)

Kevin and PaulBogalusa Strut and Mr Sandman began the first set followed by Creole Jazz or as Paul says Queer Old Jazz (I like that better). With Kevin on trumpet we listened to a tune not heard before and was discovered on an old cassette by Paul – it was called Sleeping Tiger and a lovely tune too. Sweet Georgia Brown had a vocal from Phil and four bar breaks with bass and drums followed by Fidgety Feet and a fabulous bass solo from Jim and Kevin picking up the tambourine. A feature from Phil was the theme tune used on Film Night with Barry Norman and a tune sung by Nina Simone called I Wish I Knew How it Feels to be Free – great tune with keyboard, bass and drums trio. Kevin sang Fats Waller number It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie bringing us nicely to the end of the first set. Tak or thank you as Paul says !!

The second set was equally as good as the first with more energetic tunes played such as Cabaret, Struttin with Some BBQ which was a feature for Paul, Some Day You’ll be Sorry which Kevin dedicated to a lady at the front and adapting the words accordingly (caution – never speak or move when Kevin’s on stage), a solo feature from Phil which was Roll Around Heaven All Day and followed by Perdido Street Stomp – this became Rock Around the Clock I’m sure! Sweet Sue next and Jim’s bass was steaming – what a solo – brilliant and I wish we had recorded it. Up a Lazy River was probably the slowest number of the evening but then the tempo picked up again with a twelve bar blues which turned into Shake Rattle & Roll – it sure did – before the band played their final sign off number of Bye Bye Blackbird.

An entertaining evening for a great audience (some listening to the band for a second time – thank you for supporting the jazz) and everyone went home happy.

That’s what we like. Mange Tak !