News & Events – Jazz Appreciation

October 2019

The Bridge

Another good evening of jazz in its various forms. The  session began with a further two members explaining why and how they were introduced to jazz.  This was followed by a Sonny Rollins selection from a 1962 album ” The Bridge”.

A further change in style was then demonstrated by Stacey Kent, an American vocalist who with her husband on reeds and a rhythm section. Tunes were taken from both a 2005 and 2013 album showing how her style has developed.

The second half of the evening started with Trish Clowes (born 1984) and her quartet playing on 6 instruments. 3 examples were played to demonstrate how jazz continues to develop. It was certainly different, but the same thoughts must have been raised when the Modern Jazz Quartet first played in 1952.

The remainder of the evening was devoted to the great tenor sax playing of Ben Webster.

King of the Tenors

5 tracks were chosen from his ” king of the Tenors” album of 1953. These included:- Tenderley, Pennies From Heaven and by popular demand  Danny Boy.

Once again a very interesting and diverse evening.  Thank you Neil & Liz.

Mike Plummer

September 2019

What turned you onto Jazz? This is a a question the group have been discussing over recent meetings. Answers have been poles apart and interesting. Examples include hearing a tune when young and liking, through to only recently liking the music due to discovering an old record in an otherwise classical collection.

The first half of the evening was a DVD film from the Blue Note Catalogue featuring various musicians playing very varied, but interesting, pieces. After tea/coffee we watched a couple of sessions featuring Sonny Rollins saxophone playing with his group in 1959 in Scandinavia. Following this we continued the European theme and enjoyed a session by Roland Kirk who played multiple instruments, and finished the evening with Nina Simone both playing and discussing her music.  Another varied and interesting evening.

August 2019

A very musical evening once again arranged by our host Neil. The initial item was a recording by Humphrey Lyttelton and his band playing “Coffee Grinder”. This was Neil’s intro to jazz in the late 50’s and is good example of how a piece of jazz can appeal to all tastes. Try and hear this piece if you can sometime – you can listen to it here. This was followed by examples of modern jazz played by two musicians/groups that included Ahmad Jamal showing the contrast in style of playing.

In the second half of the session viewed two films. The first being the development in the 1930’s focusing on Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington, and the second featured Herbie Hancock, piano together with various quartets etc.

Once again a varied an interesting evening. Thanks

Christmas – December 2013

Liz and Neil invited both Tuesday and Wednesday Jazz groups to a Christmas Party.

We had lots of lovely food and wine and all had a great time. On this happy occasion the lovely jazz that Neil had selected was almost drowned by the chat,laughter and clinking of glasses.