According to the old adage, ‘Variety is the spice of life’, a sentiment most who attended the recent concert by Sheffield-based band Steel City Bones would unreservedly agree with, judging by the enthusiastic response of the audience for the superlative performance of the five trombone fronted nine piece outfit, expertly led by Lee Hallam.
Any misgivings regarding the perception of an overwhelming barrage of sound from the five trombones quickly evaporated as the band settled into their varied programme of intricately swingin’ jazz standards, ballads, Latin flavoured numbers and familiar favourites such as Basin Street Blues, all delivered with colourful aplomb by the gifted musicians - with special regard for the polished rhythm section, who featured separately on several impressive numbers, with guitarist Derek Harris shining on nonchalantly delivered solos.
The talented combo will be more than welcome for a return session at the ‘Con’ Club and should be caught in action at other venues whenever possible!
In keeping with the policy of varied ‘Jazz into Doncaster’ attractions, the 2011 series of live events is set to go out with a foot-tapping and fun-packed ‘bang’ when boisterous youthful band Tradtastic entertain ‘Con’ Club regulars at the annual Jazz Party Bash on Thursday, December 8, with many favourite ‘Trad’ flag-wavers plus lots of surprises and a free buffet, generously provided by Jazz Committee members and members of the ‘Con’ Club. The line-up will consist of James Lancaster (cornet/tuba), Charlie Lancaster (trombone), Grace Lancaster (vocals/clarinet/alto), Alasdair Simpson (banjo/tuba) and Andrew Cox (clarinet/alto/ banjo). Stomp-off is at 8.30pm and admission is £5 on the door. In case of a repeat of last winter’s horrendous weather conditions, check by phoning one of the following before setting out: (01302) 349898, 789257, 780574, 822741, 810005 and 812872.
Looking forward to the New Year ‘Jazz into Doncaster’ dates at the ‘Con’ Club, Winston’s Pennine Jazz launch the season on Thursday, January 26, followed by The Djangonauts on Thursday, February 9, The Eugene Farrar Band plus star guest trumpeter Bruce Adams on Thursday, February 23 and The Roy Norton Band on Thursday, March 8. There are also sessions by The New Jazz Messengers and Shirley Patterson, Alligator Gumbo (Cajun flavoured Jazz) and New Orleans Heat in the pipeline, with an extra special spanning of three generations of sax players in June, featuring Bobby Wellins, Alan Barnes and local star Nadim Teimoori, not to mention Nicola Farnon’s Quartet! Watch out for further announcements.
Also lined up for their Pre-Christmas session at the ‘Con’ Club on Monday, December 12 is The Dickie Emmerson Duo, featuring Dickie on guitar and vocals plus guest singers Bob, Eddie, Sue and Johnny also expected to be in attendance. Show starts at 8.30pm and admission is £3.50 on the door.