Last month we had the Golden Eagle who are inspired by the revival bands of the early 40’s, They played New Orleans jazz the way it was meant to be played, that is with a powerful and melodic front line and a hard driving rhythm section which gives the band that New Orleans bounce.
Many years ago, Pete Lay, editor of the Just Jazz magazine, said of the Golden Eagle what an excellent band they are to dance to and he was right. Martin Fordham and Carol gave us a demonstration on how it should be done. See the ‘Gig’ photos and you will see what I mean. They played a variety of tunes which kept the dance floor busy all night. They will be back with us on November 30th subject to the ISA clause *
Last month I went to the Concorde club to see Adrian Cox in concert which he called ‘Profoundly Blue’. It featured the music of Edmond Hall, his favourite clarinet player. It was two hours of pure magic listening to this joyful music. Adrian was a prodigy of the late ‘Jumping’ Jack Gilbert. He has certainly come a long way from playing at our club in 2006 to playing at the Lincoln Centre in New York with the world-famous New Orleans trumpeter, Wynton Marsalis, who I saw 50 years ago when he could play for at least five minutes without taking a breath. He excelled in a technique known as ‘Circular Breathing’. Warning don’t try this at home. Anyway, back to Adrian, he was that good he has been invited back to play at the Lincoln Centre later this year.
Did any of you see that photo of Maggie O’Connor in our local newspaper, the Daily Echo, on the 1st of this month hugging a tree? It reminded me of that Phil Harris song ‘Woodman Woodman Spare That Tree, Touch Not a Single Branch’. Besides conducting choirs, Maggie is also a member of ‘Friends of the Earth. We all owe a debt of gratitude to this lady for helping to save our planet for future generations pleasure.
The sounds of the 1920s come to life again with a nostalgic tribute to Jabbo Smith and his rhythm aces, as will be played by our April band, Dave Martin’s Jabbo 5. The personnel are; Dave Martin-trumpet and valve trombone, Nick White- reeds, Phil Blandford-piano, Peter Miller-banjo and Mike Lancaster on the sousaphone.
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P.S. Alcohol does not solve any problems, but then again, neither does milk.
* If Still Alive
Newsletters from 2018