Despite recent disappointments with lower than anticipated and deserved audience figures for the first three September gigs at the Con Club, Jazz into Doncaster’s glass remains optimistically half full and is confident that tonight’s concert by The Yorkshire Stompers will draw a packed house for their foot-taping Trad Jazz session.
Regrettably, the bands trumpeter Tony Smith is currently unable to play, having broken a tooth, and has temporally handed over trumpet duties to Dave Pogson, well known and highly regarded in Trad circles for his work with Dave Brennan and many more Yorkshire outfits.
Joining Dave in tonight’s action will be multi-reed maestro Frank Brooker on clarinet/saxes/vocals; Eugene Farrar on lusty trombone (and perhaps harmonica); Richard Speight (banjo); Terry Binns (drums); plus the irrepressible and legendary jazz import from down-under Annie Hawkins, who will be powerfully slapping the mighty double bass as only she can.
Stomp-off is at 8.30pm, admission £5 at the door. Trad fans are urged to attend in large numbers to add to the success of the event and thus help live jazz to flourish in our town. Looking forward to next month’s Con Club Jazz into Doncaster presentations, Winston’s Pennine Jazz take the stage on Thursday October 13 and on Thursday October 27 multi-reed ace Matt Palmer makes a welcome return with his versatile and swingin’ band).
First ‘off the blocks’ however in October is the eclectic and always surprising Terry Allonby Trio, who will be in lunchtime action at the Horse & Groom, East Laithegate from 12noon to 3pm, admission free.
Joining guitarist Terry will be Nigel Chapman on keyboards and Mark Kerrigan on drums who recently impressed at Rotherham Jazz Day, urging along the mighty Big Band of Colin Yates in pulsating fashion. If you’ve not yet sampled the Allonby experience give it a try and you might be so delighted that you purchase the new CD by the trio available at £10 each.
At the Con club on Monday October 8 is the first appearance by Dickie Emmerson’s new duo introducing his yet unnamed keyboard player who is replacing Tony Spragg, whose shock departure has stunned his faithful followers and left the new boy with a hard task in matching Tony’s much admired piano skills. Dickie will of course be weaving his swingin guitar and vocal magic as per usual and his stable of guest vocalists are also expected to be adding several finely honed songs to the proceedings. The music begins starts at 8.30pm, admission £3.50 at the door.
Myself and Barnby Dun jazz fan Colin Brett caught the marvellous Mark Ellis Quartet in action at Relish, in East Laithegate where they play every third Thursday and were suitably impressed by by Mark’s exploratory flights of fancy on alto and soprano saxes on Mercy-mercy-mercy/Summertime/Nature Boy/Work Song/My favourite things/The bristling Caravan and lots more numbers, supported by top drawer rhythm section of Andy Dressler at the keyboards; Ian West (drums) who is expected to appear with the remarkable Steel City Bones in November at the‘Con Club, and Emlyn Baughan, whose dazzling virtuoso solos on double bass must surely without exaggeration rank alongside greats such has N.H.O.Pedderson/Ray Brown/Jimmy Blanton. A recommended way for contemporary jazz lovers to enjoy stimulating sounds, check it out.
Barnsley Jazz at Silkstone Lodge, S75 4LY have live Jazz on Monday October 3, band still to be announced, and on Monday, October 10 with The yorkshire Stompers no less. 01226-281805/291105/ 83135.
Not forgetting regular Monday night jazz at The Butcher’s Arms, Braithwell by The Knight of Jazz, usually featuring Gerry Nugent and Pete Moxon on reeds plus appearances by clarinettist Graham Galtrey, and Wednesdays at The Three Horseshoes, Wickersley with Dave Brennan’s Jubilee Jazz Band.