Jazz Scene by C.J. Worsdale

Looking forward to next month, Doncaster Racecourse is set to present ‘Summer Jazz & Blues’ live on The Capitol FM Champagne Lawn Stage on Friday, August 12, with the sparkling attractions including Rhythm Oil, Doncaster Jazz Orchestra and multi-award winning internationally renowned jazz trombonist Dennis Rollins with his band Badbone & Co.

‘Jazz on the Lawn’ presents an opportunity to kick back on a summer’s evening to enjoy a musical extravaganza, enhanced by picturesque surroundings with gourmet quality cuisine and excellent champagne available to tempt the most jaded of appetites.

Several packages are available, starting at £15 per person for General Admission. The Lawn Hospitality Package at £35, includes admission, live entertainment, Lawn Marquee access and exclusive use of the Lawn Marquee Bar, together with a selection of delicious food options from the Sizzling Summer BBQ. Or why not treat yourselves to The Gourmet Premier Package at £50 per person. This package includes early admission, a mouth-watering three course gourmet meal, exclusive access to the private Pavilion Bar, with a snack later on and a sumptuous sharing platter for two.

Suitably tempted? Then book online at www.doncaster-racecourse.co.uk or call the friendly sales team on (01302) 304200.

Meanwhile, don’t forget that The Terry Allonby Trio and probable guest ‘musos’ will be in lunchtime action at The Horse & Groom on East Laith Gate between noon and 3pm on Saturday, August 6 with their broad ranging variety of offerings at which fans can enjoy everything from contemporary jazz to swing, be-bop, Latin, Rock and Blues to original compositions and versions of popular pieces associated with The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Ray Charles, Dusty Springfield and many more besides. The added bonus is that admission is FREE and delicious Irish cuisine and fine ales are on hand along with the amiable hospitality of landlord Francie and his friendly staff. For more details contact The Horse & Groom on (01302) 367329.

Following on rapidly is the regular monthly ‘Monday Date’ session at the ‘Con’ Club by The Emmerson-Spragg Combo on August 8, featuring Dickie on guitar and vocals (back in the driving seat after recent health problems - much to the joy of his ardent followers!) and maestro Tony on keyboards. The music kicks off at 8.30pm with admission £3.50 on the door and there’s the added bonus of contributions by Sue Fisher, Bob Quinn, Eddie Kell and John Noble, who are often on hand to sing a few numbers in their inimitable fashion.

Barnsley Jazz at Silkstone Lodge presents Peter Franks’ Dixieland All-Stars (Monday, July 18) and The Savannah Jazzband (Monday, July 25); The Knights of Jazz have a weekly slot at The Butcher’s Arms in Braithwell on Monday evenings; Dave Brennan’s Jubilee Jazzband play each Wednesday at The Three Horseshoes in Wickersley; and there is live jazz at Relish on East Laith Gate, Doncaster on Thursdays.

‘Jazz into Doncaster’ open their new season on Thursday, September 1 with a special event at the ‘Con’ Club, featuring Digby Fairweather with The Nicola Farnon Quartet plus Gerry Nugent and Pete Moxon on reeds. Tickets are £6 advance, £7 on the door. That’s followed by The Roy Norton Jazzband (September 8/ £5 on the door), The Bob Ludlum Jazzband (September 15/ £5 on the door) and Yorkshire Stompers (September 29/ £5 on the door). Jazz avids can save £5 by purchasing a ticket at £16, allowing entry to all four gigs!

Uncle Henry’s at Grayingham Grange Farm, near Gainsborough hold their fifth Sausage, Beer & Jazz Festival on Saturday, September 10 (11.30am to 3.30pm) featuring Deep South New Orleans Quartet, with Alan Hippsley on trumpet, Frank Brooker on reeds/vocals, Jim Wright on banjo/vocals and Phil Kampon on sousaphone/string bass).

Last, but certainly not least, the popular regular attraction in Donny - Nicki Allan - who appeared at the ‘Con’ Club and Doncaster Markets Jazz Day in May - sends news that her recent foray with her All-Star Sextet at The Glastonbury Festival was a tremendous success, with Nicki and the boys having a ball, though the mud was a nightmare. They played twice to audiences of 1,000 plus in The Bourbon Jazz & Blues Marquee, just before Clare Teal. We’re fortunate and privileged to enjoy such sought after talent in our own town, and plans are in motion to bring Nicki’s superb band back at the ‘Con’ Club in the New Year!

Happy jazzin’!