All is set for Doncaster Markets Jazz Day on Saturday May 26, except of course the unpredictable weather which hopefully will be sunny and warm, thus attracting the maximum number of shoppers and jazz fans to enjoy the boisterous sights and sounds of jazz and blues as they meander around the many aisles and stalls and also no doubt spend a bob or tw’ supporting Donny Market as they do so.
The annual event takes place between 11am and 3pm and begins with a New Orleans style parade by youthful outfit Tradtastic, who will gather at Priory Walk before heading along High Street and Baxtergate into the Market area, they will perform throughout the afternoon before joining forces with Winston’s Pennine Jazz at the fish market gazebo on Goose Hill at approx 2.30pm for a grand finale.
Other attractions playing two sets include Lincoln based blues band The Blues Connection, 1940s style Swing-a-ma-thing who are also booked for a welcome return gig at the Con club later in the year and will play at the Primark gazebo, and the aforementioned Winston’s Pennine Jazz, in addition the Mason’s Arms are staging their own session by blues band The Nervous Triggermen at the popular market watering hole in the courtyard. Hopefully, blues harmonica man John McKevitt will also be sitting in for several numbers with other bands.
The sparkling event is FREE, so advice is to stay in Sunny Donny for a most enjoyable day on Saturday may be tempted to form a second line of’ colourfully decorated jazz brollies behind Tradtastic’s parade.
Jazz into Doncaster continues their current season at the Con Club on Thursday May 31 with a debut visit to the popular venue by double bassist Peter
Franks Dixieland All Stars & Skiffle Group followed on Thursday June 14 by an extra special concert which uniquely bring together three generations of great and rising star saxophonists on stage in Doncaster. They are Bobby Wellins who of course featured on the seminal album Under Milk Wood with the Stan Tracey Quartet and fans will be delighted to learn that available once again are Bobby’s celebrated albums Birds of Brazil with orchestrated by Tony Coe guest Kenny Wheeler (CD 2097) ‘Making Light Work’ (CD 2870) and Special Relationship with Jimmy Knepper and Joe Temperley (CD 2012) all on the Hep label. Alan Barnes who certainly requires no introduction to Doncaster audiences, having previously appeared in town with Humph’s band at the Civic Theatre, at the Rockingham with John Barnes, Northern Jazz Centre with Crazy Rhythm, and at the Con Club with Bruce Adams, and Doncaster’s very own rising star Nadim Teimoori currently at The Royal Academy of Music who among many major career milestones has appeared at Ronnie Scott’s, Chelsea’s 606 Club, performed with the Dankworths, played before the Queen with NYJO with whom he will be performing with at this year’s Proms and is proud winner of The Humphrey Lyttelton Award and as also played with Humph’s band. Supporting the three saxophone titans will be the superb Nicola Farnon Quartet, Nicola on double bass & vocals, Chris Walker-guitar, Piero Tucci, piano and perhaps a forth sax on some numbers, Phil Johnson drums. Tickets are on sale at The Blue Building, 38-40 High Street, Doncaster, tel. (01302) 734309, £9 advance or £10 at the door, subject to availability, advice is to book early for this major event to avoid disappointment.
Closing the season on Thursday June 28 is 20s/30s style band The Brideshead Ballroom Stompers from Sheffield, who chose the title after appearing in the ballroom scene in the movie. Jazz at the Con Club resumes in September, when already pencilled in is trombone supremo Roy Williams plus Nicola Farnon Quartet and guest musicians Matt Palmer’s ‘Bee Keeper Fiv’ with Dave Leithead on trumpet. The Yorkshire Stompers with Annie Hawkins on double bass, Swingamathing, The MPR Jazz Ensemble, Winston’s Pennine Jazz, DYJO, and Eugene Farrar’s ‘Swingin’ Santas’ band for the Christmas Party bash.
Barnsley Jazz at The Fairway Hotel (S75 4LS ) have Tje Savannah Jazz Band, May 28, and The Southside Jazz Band on June 4. Tel. (01226) 281805 or (01226) 290105.