Trumpeter Wil Robinson and his merry musicians The Southside Jazz Band are set for a cross county border foray on May 12 with an audacious plot to take ‘Donny’ Conservative Club by storm and win over jazz night regular supporters with their infectious captivating brand of ’ye olde’ traditional toe-tapping swinging music.
In addition to the leader’s thrusting rapier like trumpet notes, Wil will also feature on flugelhorn and also contribute many fine vocal renditions ably aided by multi-reed playing ace Pete Moxon, trombone wielding former ’Shades of Jazz’ key member Keith Randall, Barry Binch (guitar/banjo), Dave Green on double bass, and with Cliff Hodgkinson providing the band’s rhythmic pulse (and a few songs) from behind his trusty drum kit. Stomp off time is 8.30pm and is admission £5 at the door.
‘Jazz into Doncaster’ stage an equally attractive though contrasting session at the ‘Con’ Club on Thursday May 26, when Yorkshire Jazz ‘Best Vocalist’ award winner Nicki Allan’s All-Star Sextet make the journey from Leeds to delight with superb renditions of many fond favourite standards by the vivacious Miss Allan, no doubt with several selections from her highly regarded CD ‘People will think we’re in love’ skilfully accompanied by her top drawer instrumentalists including Ronnie Bottomley, who himself was a recent Yorkshire Jazz award winner as ’best drummer’ and who can proudly boast responsibility for many of the band’s polished swingin’ arrangements.
Briefly looking forward to June, Frank Brooker’s Happy Chappies are at the ’Con’ Club on Thursday 9th and Eugene Farrar Band plus special guest trumpeter Enrico Tomasso of Acker Bilk Band fame, Thursday 23rd. Tickets for this event will soon be available at £6 advance/£8 at door, from The Blue Building).
Nicki and the boys are back in town on Saturday May 28, when they are among the attractions at Doncaster Markets Jazz Day, along with blues duo Bob Hall and Dave Peabody who have worked with numerous Blues and R’n’B ’greats’ including John Lee Hooker/Chuck Berry/Paul Jones’ Blues Band/Savoy Brown and The Rolling Stones, Winston’s Pennine Jazz, solo guitarist Glen McGlone (in the Forum market Café between 1pm to 3pm), and with John Pashley’s Phoenix New Orleans Parade Band with The Jackie Everton Dance Troupe entertaining around the market area from approximately 11am to 3pm, following the march from Priory Walk via High Street and Baxtergate. Lady ’brolly-dollies’ and fellas too are invited to join the parade with decorated jazz umbrellas to add extra colour and Crescent City atmosphere to the free occasion). Don’t miss this great day, jointly organised by ’Jazz into Doncaster’ and The Markets and Events Team.
New Orleans style guru banjo player and band leader Dave Brennan celebrates 50 years in the jazz business at Rotherham Rugby Club on Sat May 21. Tickets are available from Terry Kennedy (07910503613) at £10 each, including pie/peas/chips supper. The Reunion Jazz Band play The Elms Hotel-Retford on Sunday lunchtime May 15, (meals and snacks available). Barnsley Jazz at Silkstone Lodge presents Jeff Milner’s Delta Friends, Monday May 16 (01226-790456). Sheffield Jazz at Millennium Hall have Mike Walker Sextet, Friday May 13, tel. 0114-273-8678/www.sheffieldjazz.org.uk