March 2018 Yellow Dog Newsletter
I am pleased to announce the club has turned a corner and for the second month running we have made a small profit, also my search for someone to run the website may soon be over.
I think everyone enjoyed last month’s band, the Solent City Jazzmen. Much credit goes to Chris Satterley who selected the tunes that were played. A few that I enjoyed were Swannee River, Bogalusa Strut, Down Home Rag, South and East Coast Trot because I rarely hear them these days especially East Coast Trot a 1926 tune by Junie Cobb’s Home Town Band. The most unusual jazz musician’s name that I have ever heard of was in this band. Banjoist Eustern Woodfork, no I’m not kidding, that was his real name.
Before I forget my thanks to Steve Harvey for donating a lot of CD’s to be raffled, also I have just heard that Derek Wicks has had a nasty fall, both of these gentlemen reside on table 8.
Moving right along, tickets for the Riverboat Shuffle will be on sale on Saturday at the usual price of 18 pounds and that includes an extra 30 minutes this year. Last year we had about 35 new ‘Shufflers’ who had never been to the Isle of Wight before and as they left the boat they asked if we could stay a little longer on the island as they reserved their places for this year’s trip. This year we leave at the usual time of 1pm on Sunday July 15th from our new home at the Red Jet entrance on the Town Quay SO14 2AQ and start the return voyage from Cowes at 4.30 arriving back at the Town Quay at 6 pm. This will be our 12th ‘Shuffle’ and again the Sussex Jazz Kings will be providing the entertainment including a Brolly Parade when we reach Cowes. There is plenty of parking on the Town Quay.
On our return trip I will be honouring the memory of Roger Grier not only my friend but also a very good friend of the Yellow Dog Jazz Club by launching a wreath in the Solent, he passed away last December.
I’d like to take this opportunity in recognising Jess from the bowling club who like her predecessor Jenny is doing an excellent job looking after us on jazz nights.
The following will be of an interest to fans of the old Real Ale & Thunder band. Bass player Stuart Gledhill has died. Stuart founded the RAT band also he was the only British jazz musician who played a five string bass.
The Excel jazzmen will be with us on Saturday 31st March 2018. Tony Karvis leads the band on trumpet, John Wiseman trombone, Bernie Merther reeds, Tim Wake banjo. Pete Brooks bass and John Hall on drums.
Jazzy Joe 023 8086 9720
PS. I never make mistakes, I thought I did once, but I was mistaken.