I really did enjoy last months band the Golden Eagle. They started with "Joe Avery’s Piece" and finished with Kevin Scott singing "A Thousand Goodnights" and in between just the right tunes and tempos for the dancers. The day before the gig I was looking at photos of previous gigs and I came across a couple who were with us last year who were amazing dancers and wondering wouldn’t it be nice to see them again and to my surprise Carol and Martin graced us with their presence. Another couple of brilliant dancers who frequent the Salisbury club also turned up. If you ever go to the Salisbury club look out for a Bella Italian lady by the name of Tiziana and her partner. I must thank Jim Buck for taking some great shots of the dancers.
Kevin Scott has put together a band that plays good dancing music who with his jokes enhances the entertainment but despite his jovial banter on stage he runs a very tight ship. He mentioned Kid Bastien an English trumpeter who played in Grossmans Tavern on Spadina Avenue Toronto in the 60’s. I saw his band their when I lived in America. The reed musician in the band was Patrick Tevlin but when I saw him at a special gig at the Old Barn Hall a few years ago playing with The Brian Carrick international band he had switched to trumpet.
As I mentioned in my November newsletter next year the gigs will be from 8 to 10.30 which is in line with most jazz clubs also we will have a two month break probably June and July. I never envisaged I would have to do this but if I don’t the Yellow Dog Jazz club won’t survive. My plea to any one reading this letter please support the only Saturday night jazz club in the South, oh and bring all you friends pleasssss...
Also as I mentioned in my last letter Doug Kennedy left the building. At the request of his family he had a private funeral but the Wake was held at the King Rufus pub. Mike Brown assembled his Excelsior Marching band with 11 musicians including Tony O’Sullivan, Cuff and Andy Dickens trumpets, Doug Douthwaite, Ron Rumbold, John Laws and John Maddocks reeds. John Wiseman trombone, Peter McCurie sousaphone. Malc Murphy snare drum and Mike Brown Bass drum. There was a big crowd not including at least 21 jazz musicians.
On Saturday we welcome our usual December band, Pete Wilkinson’s Apex Jazz band. Peter leads the line on trumpet. Bernie Murtha reeds, Win Bowen trombone. Ray Goold bass. John Hall drums and Phil Durell on banjo. It will be great to see Phil again, I haven’t seen him since he left the Sussex Jazz Kings some three years ago.
As usual John Tall is supplying sweets and there will be Mince pies and I will be announcing the Club Person of the year.
Which leads me to wish each and every one of you a Happy Christmas and a healthy New Year.
Jazzy Joe 023 8086 9720 or email@example.com
PS Without jazz, life would be a mistake.
PPS Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.