Dave's Jazz Notes for July 2024

Hello everyone

It’s Jazz Notes time once again.

Zelda’s Jazz Room in June saw a visit from Paula Jackman’s Jazz Masters. Paula herself is a fine clarinet and tenor sax player and put together an interesting program which her excellent band made the most of. The brass team, “Magic” Mike Henry – trumpet; Alistair Allan – trombone; and Marc Easener – sousaphone, were in top form. We don’t get to hear Alistair Allan often, more’s the pity, but we do know both Magic and Marc for the hot yet melodic players they are. Hugh Crozier on piano is a Jelly Roll Morton ‘specialist’ amongst many things and featured a couple of great Morton tunes during the afternoon while Graham Collicott is the ideal drummer for this band – tasteful but swinging like mad – what more could one ask for!

In July (18th) we will welcome my good friend, trombonist Richard Leach with what he calls his Street Band. It will include the redoubtable cornet man, Tony Pipkin and ace reed specialist, Zoltan Sagi. One of my favourite drummers, Nick Ward will be sparking the rhythm section which includes multi-instrumentalist Dave Deakin, here on sousaphone, and banjo man Mark Challinor. Altogether a band not to be missed, both for its hot music and for the urbane and entertaining announcements by Richard himself.

The Rascals of Rhythm were without Mike Wills who had some health problems. He tells me he is making an excellent recovery and should be back with us next month. His place was very ably taken by Mark Aston who was on excellent form and fitted in with our guest cornet player, the splendid Andy Woon, as if they had been working together forever. Together with the stalwart reedman Tony Blincowe, relative newcomer Andrew Clancy (piano) who has settled into the band splendidly, the redoubtable Mike Bennett on bass and me, we had an excellent evening well attended – thank you everyone.

Next month (July 31st) we will welcome as guest Kim Osmond. She is a delightful vocalist with a bubbly personality and possessor of an interesting repertoire – just what we like! We haven’t heard enough of her of late so book your table at the Lamb – don’t miss her!

That’s it for Jazz notes this month, we look forward to seeing you all during July

Keep safe and well

Dave & Zelda