Welcome to our new home and the 20s. Jazz wise let’s hope it’s going to be as good as it was 100 years ago when it was called the ‘Roaring Twenties’.
I was pleased how our first gig went, according to the feed-back I got you also liked the new venue. Being much smaller than Fleming Park with the tables in close proximity brought its own problem, loud talking which was off-putting for the members who were there to listen and enjoy the music. I will address this concern at the March gig.
I am really looking forward to this month’s gig when we have Europe’s number one band, Doc Houlind’s Revival All Stars celebrating my tribute to Bob Champion, Botley’s Mr Jazz. It will be in a concert format at the Botley Market Hall next to the Dolphin Hotel where Bob would hold court on jazz nights many years ago. The concert will be on Saturday 29th from 7.30 to 10, not the usual time or day. Tickets are £12.00 from me on 023 8086 9720 or on the door.
Many of you may remember Brian Carrick’s Algiers Stompers was one of my favourite bands. Nearly three years ago Brian was struck down with Sepsis and for a time it was touch and go if he would make it. After an extremely long period of convalescing he is back practicing his clarinet and tenor saxophone.
I had a nice chat with him over the New Year and I am hoping he is well enough by October as I have deliberately left that month open. During Brian’s convalescence his long-time trumpeter, Peter Wright died after a short illness, so Brian has decided to go with a two-front line, himself and Chas Hudson on trombone. I may ask Cuff to ‘Dep’ for our gig and so probably have the best front line the New Yellow Dog has ever seen. Chas plays in the fashion of Louis Nelson the great New Orleans trombonist in fact he plays a trombone once owned by the great master while Brian plays a metal clarinet given to him by the daughter of George Lewis.
I would like to thank Sally Sear for doing all the club’s printing material and Martin Jones for taking over the running of the club’s website from my late friend Roger Grier. I would be lost without these two valuable members.
Hope to see all at the Botley Market Hall on the 29th where there is plenty of free parking behind the venue.
Jazzy Joe, firstname.lastname@example.org or 023 8086 9720
P.S. Without jazz, life would be a mistake.
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