Hearty well earned congratulations to local musician Ellie Smith and all concerned in raising around £2,000 in aid of McMillan Cancer Support charity at the recent 12 hour ‘Jazzathon’ event, which took place at The Northern Jazz Centre, Beckett Road- this is far exceeding the original target of £500.
The majority of those attending with thoughts of joining the escape committee’soon changed their minds, staying on for longer than intended to enjoy the wide variety of swingin’ sounds on offer, with many hardy fans staying the stamina testing distance up to the boisterous finale by The London University Big Band and Friends, featuring impressive trombone solos and several polished vocals by 22 year old Ellie herself who has worked with American star Michael Bolton at The Royal Albert Hall, and fully intends to pursue a career in music.
Another great local success was the recent ‘Jazz into Doncaster’ gig by Django Reinhardt inspired four piece band The Djangonauts at The Conservative Club, which was very well attended by an appreciative and enthusiastic audience who were delighted to be musically transported four the evening to Montmartre and the bustling atmosphere of Paris night life. (Feed-back for the show has been most positive, notably from ‘Donny’ based former Acker Bilk vocalist Sheila Peach, who commented that she and her party were ‘memorized’ by the ‘outstanding musicianship of guitarist Chris Walker and accordionist Piero Tucci’ and that Phil Johnson (rhythm guitar, and bassist Kevin Walker were also absolutely brilliant, Sheila hope it won’t be too long before they are back at the Con Club, I’ll second that.
Mention of the Con Club reminds that this very night (Thursday March 31), the popular Barnsley based ‘Trad’ outfit The Silver Leaf Jazzband are anticipated to attract an equally large and enthusiastic crowd of traditionalists to the venue for generous helpings of feet tapping stomps/marches/blues/spirituals and favourite ‘Trad’ flag-wavers, led by David Hepworth (clarinet/tenor sax/vocals), with John Pashley-trumpet (who will front the Phoenix New Orleans Parade Band at Doncaster Markets Jazz Day on May 28), Alan Osbourne-trombone/vocals, Phil Kampon double bass, Richard Speight banjo/guitar, and Peter Cridland drums. Stomp off at 8.30pm/admission £5 at the door. (Also at the Con Club in April are The Dizzy Club -14th and New Jazz Messengers & Shirley Patterson -28th)
The Terry Allonby Trio and probable guest musos are in monthly action at The Horse & Groom (East Laithgate) on Saturday April 2 (12noon to 3pm/admission free), with the wide ranging repertoire for which they are renowned and deliver in their own inimitable fashion.
Regretfully ending on a bluenote, sadly the great drummer Joe Morello best remembered by numerous world-wide fans for his vital contribution to the huge Dave Brubeck Quartet hit Take Five died on March 12, age 82. Rock fans may be intrigued to learn that among Joe’s many drum pupils was Bruce Springsteen’s drummer Max Weinburg.