Jazz with CJ Worsdale

Jazz trumpet
Jazz trumpet

Firstly, apologies to masterly double bassist Emlyn Vaughan, whose surname was wrongly spelled as Baughan in my previous article.

With such a remarkable ability on the instrument, Emlyn’s name will most certainly adorn the Jazz and wider general music scene for many years to come and deservedly assure a successful career—so at the very least we should get his name right. Sorry-Emlyn. Catch The Mark Ellis Quartet every third Thursday usually featuring Emlyn/Andy Dressler (keyboards) Ian West (drums) and of course Mark on alto and soprano saxes at Relish on East Laith Gate with varied attractions on other Thursdays.

Jazzers with a taste for the more ‘Trad’ and Mainstream Swing style should head for The Con Club, South Parade DN1 2DJ) on Thursday October 13, when the attraction is the more than welcome return of the widely popular six-piece band Winston’a Pennine Jazz led, as ever by bassist, founder and mentor Keith Shone and featuring Dave Kendall (trumpet), Eugene Farrar (trombone), John Taylor (reeds), Brian Herbert banjo/guitar/vocals), Ken Hickey (drums/vocals). Who collectively promise to offer widely varied sets of infectious and irresistible foot-tapping jazz with that ‘feel good factor’. Stomp-off time is 8.30pm, admission £5 at the door.

Whilst on the subject of ‘Con’ Club gigs, the previous ‘Jazz into Doncaster’ session by The Yorkshire Stompers attracted a ‘reasonably’ sized and slightly increased audience of enthusiastic fans, who were treated to vigorous sets of traditional jazz favourite ‘flag wavers,’ laced with lesser known numbers and humorous banter from the all-star line-up of trumpeter Dave Pogson standing in for absent leader Tony Smith who is temporarily unable to play, due to a broken tooth. Frank Brooker (reeds/vocals), Eugene Farrar (trombone/vocals), Richard Speight (banjo/guitar/vocals), Terry Binns (drums/vocals) and the incomparable ‘jazz import’ from ‘Down Under’ Annie Hawkins, who, I am confident the guys in the band would agree, stole the show with her powerful no holds barred style of bass slapping, urging the band on to greater efforts and drawing joyful whoops, whistles and yells from the appreciative crowd. A rapid return by this impressive and lively band must surely be on the cards. Lined up for October 27 at the ‘Con’ Club is multi-reed man Matt Palmer’s Band featuring Annie’s male bass-slapping counterpart Jim Swinnerton; the youthful Jack Cotterill (drums) and introducing the pianistic wizardry of Don Gwinette to Donny audiences.

Further ahead, the young band Swing-a-ma-thing make their Donny debut on November 10 followed by the thrilling five trombone led front line nine piece band Steel City Bones (November 24) and yet another zestful youthful outfit ‘Tradtastic’ to end the current season with a party atmosphere bang on December 8 at the ‘Con’ Club.

The October session by The Terry Allonby Trio at The Horse & Groom, East Laith Gate featured in addition to Terry himself on guitars/Nigel Chapman, (keyboards) and Mark Kerrigan (drums), surprise guests Ken Smith on guitar and vocals who contrastingly regaled with several jumping Rockabilly style numbers associated with Carl Perkins/Hank Williams etc. and tenor sax man Rae Kang, no guessing who his main inspiration is, but a clue is that his email address begins with coltrae, who impressed on Blue Bossa, Doxy and Jean Pierre. Hopefully Rae and Ken will make future guest appearances at Allonby Horse & Groom gigs, the next scheduled for Saturday November 5, 12noon to 3pm admission free, when there’ll be fireworks of the musical kind.