Dave's Jazz Notes for May, 2022

Welcome to another edition of Jazz notes

First the excellent news that we had our best attendance at Zelda’s Jazz Room in April since before the pandemic began.

The next good news is that the band, the Windy City Weatherbirds, were from a new generation of Jazz players who have the same feelings about our favourite music as we had all those years ago. By one of those odd coincidences Magnus Pickering, the cornet player had played with the Big Bears only two days before on one of the Bears rare gigs (at the Bay Club near Enfield) Harry Evans, who had played the 2nd trumpet book recently found he was unable to be with us and recommended Magnus. What a stroke of luck!

His two brothers, Daniel (trombone) and Joe (clarinet and sax) are also fine players and the rhythm section, Harrison Dolphin, guitar, Chris Hyde Harrison, bass and drummer Adam Merrell were excellent both as a rhythm section and occasional soloists. Altogether a great afternoon, and how nice to hear tunes which many of us perhaps think of as “old warhorses” played with a freshness that perhaps only a younger band can bring to them.

Next month (May 19th) we welcome back Pete Lay’s Gambit Jazzmen which will feature my very good friend Alan Gresty on cornet with John Maddocks, clarinet and Iain McAulay trombone and John Sirett , bass, Andy Maynard, banjo and the boss on drums. A fine band and we can expect another great afternoon’s jazz which we are sure you will enjoy.

Jazz at the Lamb on the 27th gave the regular Rascals a chance to play with cornetist Andy Woon. Andy is a fine all round player with a special liking for Bix Beiderbecke so our program included quite a few tunes associated with Bix – “Singing the Blues” was particularly notable. I talk a lot about our guests but the Rascals themselves are a superb unit – Mike Wills and Tony Blincowe are not only terrific players but a great team. Rod Kelly has taken to the piano chair like a duck to water and Mike Bennett is the most dependable and solid bassman. There’s also a guitarist in there somewhere!.

In May (25th) we are delighted that Lizzie Newbery will be the Rascals’ special guest. Her exuberant vocals are something we always look forward to. We haven’t seen her for some time, so it will be a special treat to work with her again. Not to be missed.

We should add that attendances at the Lamb have also been great since we got started again, and no doubt Lizzie will draw a goodly crowd and you will be well entertained.

It remains to thank you all for your continued great and loyal support despite all the trials and tribulations. We hope we can continue to provide a little “window of joy” to you all

See you soon

Dave and Zelda