Tonight, Jazz into Doncaster presents The Eugene Farrar Band, the vigorously dynamic West Yorkshire based outfit who are making their second more than welcome visit to the Con Club, and are fully expected to equal (and no-doubt exceed) the huge favourable impression made at the popular venue at their debut session last September.
Since their St Leger week gig, Eugene and the boys have widened their growing reputation by appearing in an ITV presentation - so much so that star guest trumpeter Enrico Tomasso (recently voted second to the formidable Guy Barker in The British Jazz Awards) has agreed to guest with the band in June - watch out for updates - and will field their regular talent laden personnel comprising of Eugene on trombone/harmonica/vocals; Tom Kincaid (piano); Phil Kampton (double bass/sousaphone); Ken Hickey (drums/vocals); and with tenor sax man Andy Wallis promising to add clarinet and baritone sax to his ‘armoury’ to add extra colour and contrast to the proceedings. Stomp-off is at 8.30pm and admission is £5 at the door.
Other Jazz into Doncaster sessions at the Conservative Club in March feature The Djangonauts (17th) led by guitar ace Chris Walker with Phil Johnson (rhythm guitar), Kevin Walker (double bass) and the amazing Piero Tucci on accordion—adding a truly ‘Parisian’ flavour to the Reinhardt influenced show; followed by a treat for ‘Trad’ fans from The Silver Leaf Jazz Band (31st).
Meanwhile, you can catch The Terry Allonby Trio in lunchtime action at The Horse and Groom, East Laith Gate on Saturday March 5, 12noon to 3pm/admission free. The Half-Hand Hoodoo Blues Band—also at The Horse & Groom (March 12, 9pm/free admission), and on the same day at The Northern Jazz Centre, Beckett Road, trombonist Ellie Smith presents a 12 hour ‘Jazzathon’ from noon to midnight in aid of Macmillan Cancer Research. Included in the many attractions will be Doncaster Youth Stage Band/Doncaster Youth Jazz Orchestra/Blues Armada/Steel City Bones—with a possible star guest appearance of Dennis Rollins, if his busy schedule permits. Tickets are available at £3/£2 concessions—to reserve and for further details phone (01302) 320002, and ‘Spraggy & Co’ plus guest singers are in Monday evening action at The ‘Con’ Club on March 14,8.30pm admission £3-50 at door.
Sheffield Jazz at Millennium Hall presents Steve Waterman Quintet (March 4) and Sam Crockatt Quartet (March 11): 0114-273-8678/www.sheffieldjazz.org.uk, Barnsley Jazz at Silkstone Lodge S75 4LY have New Orleans Jazz Z’hulus (March 7) and Peter Franks’ Dixieland All-stars (March 14), Boston Spa Village Hall LS23 6AA have Millennium Eagle Jazz Band (March 5, 01937-842636), Last-but definitely not least farewell to the truly great jazz pianist George Shearing, who recently died. George was among the UK’s finest jazz exports to the USA where he achieved international fame and renown—notably with his huge hit Lullaby of Birdland (which became a jazz ‘standard’) and through his work with Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli and numerous other luminaries spanning the decades—adieu, George.