‘Just when you think it’s safe to go back in the water’.
Following an encouraging series of concerts up to the summer break at the end of June, with notable increases in audience size, ‘Jazz into Doncaster’ embarked on an ambitious four gig venture for September, starting with a special featuring star guest trumpeter Digby Fairweather and closely followed by The Roy Norton Band, only to discover that anticipated attendances were not up to expectation.
Despite superb performances by Digby, who, according to committee member Malcolm Silverwood continually like a magician produced surprise after suprise from his musical hat, supported by The Nicola Farnon Quartet plus local reed-giants Gerry Nugent and Pete Moxon and vigorously entertaining sets by Roy Norton and Co. the organisers were left puzzled and bewildered concerning the unexpected comparative and undeserved low turnout.
Hopefully, all will change tonight when hugely popular trumpeter and entertainer Bob Ludlam’s Band take the stage at the Con Club –followed by The Yorkshire Stompers with the ‘one-and-only Annie Hawkins slapping the double bass, promises boss man trumpeter Tony Smith on Thursday 29th September 29. So it’s time to rally the troops who are urged to attend in increased numbers and help guarantee the future of live jazz in our town.
Things were quite different at the recent Rotherham Jazz Festival, the varied attractions of Colin Yates’ Big Band with recent Con’ Club guest Gerry Nugent contributing several impressive tenor sax solos ); Dave Brennan’s Jubilee Jazz Band—including banjo playing leader Dave’s poignant vocal ‘In the
Garden in tribute to those lost on 9/11 and the undisputed hit’ of the show The Swing Commanders from Lancashire, a multi talented band who fused elements of Jazz with the Western Swing style of Bob Wills/Asleep at the Wheel in an irresistible blend that coaxed many dancers to jive away to the pulsing rhythms.
Plans are going ahead for the Commanders to visit our town in the New Year and deserve a bumper turn-out if they can fit Donny into their busy schedule. Don’t forget the name, which you can check out on www.swingcommanders.com
There are regular alternating Thursday night jazz/blues/soul/funk band attractions at Relish on East Laith Gate well worth a visit.
Barnsley Jazz at Silkstone Lodge (S75 4LY) present Peter Franks’ Dixieland All-stars September 19, and The Phoenix Jazzmen plus the one and only Shirley Patterson on vocals (September 26. 01226 281805/290105.
Sadly finishing on a blue-note, greatly missed will be drumming great Eric Delaney certainly the music scene’s most spectacular rhythm man none who recently passed away.