The London Jazz Festival steals the thunder in November. However, there are some juicy gigs around over what is after all the festive season.
Jagz in Ascot really has snared a great line up for the 19th lunchtime gig. Matt Wates– sax playing leader with a sextet and rhythm section of Leon Greening-piano, Alec Dankworth-bass and Matt Holmes replacement, Clark Tracey on drums promises a swinging interpretation of jazz standards not to be missed.
Jazz In Reading at Progress Theatre has the Moscow Drug Club and their take of jazzy, Berlin like, swing like effervescent cabaret act, as a final gig of the year on Friday 24th. I understand tickets have gone like hot mince pies. May be a few left.
Veteran sax man Peter King is joining now established Simon Allen leading a starry quintet at Norden Farm, Maidenhead also on Friday 24th, in a display of bebop and post bop mayhem.
Marlow Jazz Club superb guitarist Nigel Price and fiery sax star Vasilis Xenopoulus on Tuesday 5th December and the British Legion Club. Hard swinging standards. Supported by Italian bass maestro Dario di Lecca and Steve Brown on drums
Thursday 14 December Chris Barber struts his stuff with his Big Band at South Hill Park, Bracknell. Chris is not Trad as some may think, but covers Jazz from the beginnings in New Orleans, plus Swing, Blues, Rhythm and Blues, Rock n Roll. A legend who was the first to bring over the likes of Muddy Waters and Rosetta Tharp to the UK. Now well into his 80s Chris is a true legend. So catch him in action.
Jagz in Ascot really has the now traditional Ronnie Scott’s pianist, John Critchinson , Art Themen & CO Christmas Party gig 17th lunchtime. Songstress Jacqui Hicks keep the lads in order and gets us in the mood for the festive season. Always a good gig and the food is very good.
Fleet Jazz Christmas Concert: Brandon Allen’s All-Star Sextet on Tuesday 5th with Ross Stanley-piano, Mark Nightingale-trombone, Sam Mayne -sax, Brandon-sax, to name but four. This should be a gas, as they say.
I am sure that in many ways we all hope for a better 2018 and that the unacceptable actions of governments cease and peace gains a foothold in the too many trouble spots. Against which our governments own Brexit farce seems less of a disaster waiting to befall us. Cheer up with Jazz!
Compliments of the season.
Jazz n Stuff