Firstly, grateful thanks to local jazz avid Colin Pancho Brett for holding the fort during my recent absence from Donny.
Colin reports on two recent ‘Con’ Club gigs, firstly the eagerly awaited reunion session of guitarist/vocalist Dickie Emmerson with his former partner in crime Tony Spragg on keyboards. They started with Billy Joel’s ‘Just the way you are’ and Wes Montgomery’s ‘West Coast Blues,’ followed by a medley from Tony of Ellington’s ‘Easy living’ and ‘Sunny side of the street. ’Eddie Kell delivered ‘Put on a happy face’ and ‘Come dance with me’ and Sue Fisher enchanted with ‘Guess who I saw today?’ and the jaunty ‘Don’t get around much any more’.
After the interval, the renowned pair gave superb interpretations of ‘You’ve changed’ and a section of Rodrigo’s haunting guitar concerto followed by Johnny Noble featuring on ‘Fly me to the moon’ and ‘I only have eyes for you’, with ‘The Mighty’ Bob Quinn finishing off the evening in crowd pleasing style ( at the invitation of Dickie ) with Jelly Roll Morton’s famed anthem ‘Doctor Jazz.’ There was a deservedly increased attendance at the session....and (hopefully) Tony may be persuaded to repeat the exercise again in the not too distant future.
The ‘Jazz into Doncaster’ autumn/winter season opening Special featuring leading trombone stylist Roy Williams with The Nicola Farnon Quartet-plus Roy Norton on trumpet and Jon Taylor (reeds) began with Roy W and the rhythm section swingn’ versions of ‘My heart stood still’ and ‘Isn’t it a pity’ followed by Roy inviting the two guest instrumentalists to the stage to jointly continue the splendid evening with ‘There will never be another you’, ‘You’d be so nice to come home to’, ‘Days of wine and roses’, ‘Autumn leaves’ Jerome Kern’s ‘Nobody else but me’ and ‘I’ve grown accustomed to your face, also with many ‘show stopping contributions from piano man Piero Tucci, guitarist Chris Walker and Phil Johnson at the drums.
Reed man Jon Taylor sang ‘Straighten up and fly right’ (displaying a fine ‘jazz voice in the process) and ‘Bye bye blackbird’ including an impressive solo on flute and with ‘on-form’ trumpet contributions from Roy Norton, whilst double bassist Nicola offered up vocal renditions of ‘I’m beginning to see the light’ and ‘If I should lose you’ with Roy Williams closing the memorable occasion with trombone and vocal offerings on the great standard ‘Tangerine’ drawing a rare standing ovation from the eager audience who no doubt will be looking forward to another visit to Doncaster by the splendid ‘Mr Williams who had words of high praise for the outstanding support of all concerned.
Coming up at the ‘Con’ Club on Thursday September 27 is multi-reed ace Matt Palmers Bee Keeper Five (Matt, reeds, Dave Leithead trumpet, Tony Bagot double bass, John Smith guitar, Geoff Hobson drums making their debut at the venue followed by ‘Swingamathing’ on Thursday October 11 and The Yorkshire Stompers’ on Thursday October 25 Sheffield Jazz presents The Iain Dixon, Mike Walker Quintet at the Millennium Hall on Friday September 28, Sheffield Jazz We Got Tickets
Barnsley Jazz at The Fairway Hotel (S75 4LS) presents Peter Frank’s Dixieland All-stars on Mon 24th Sept and The Reunion Jazzband with Liz Bacon on clarinet on Monday October 1 (01226) 281805, 290105 Locally, The Terry Allonby Trio are in action at The White Swan, Frenchgate) on Saturday October 6, 12noon to 3pm admission free.