All events will be held at the Stadium Leisure Club (unless otherwise stated)
Aces of Rhythm
It must be over a year since Matt brought this group to one of our lunchtime sessions.They were so enthusiastically received that the audience wanted the group to take up a full evening performance.So, here they are with their own interpretation of the small band classic jazz of the 1920s ready to give a super send-off to the new year. You may remember one or two of them helped Matt with a great hour of jazz while we waited for the delayed Hot Antic band back in June. Supporting Matt on clarinet and saxes will be Chris Carmel on cornet. Jo Nutmen will be on piano, David Kimmins on banjo and guitar and Doug White on sousaphone.
We had a cracking year in 2016 and we've got a fine selection of bands scheduled for the coming year.. This will be a good start.
The Wabash Jazzmen have been regular visitors to Nottingham, maintaining
their five piece drumless format for over twenty years.
Not surprisingly there have been a few changes of personnel over the
years and the latest since their last visit is to have Bill Smith from
the Savannah leading on trumpet.
Mike Pemroke on trombone has been with them for many years, remember him
from the Old fashioned Love Band?
Mike Hayler, who seems to have been with the band for ever, completes
the front line on clarinet and saxes.
Without a drummer, the two piece rhythm section have to work hard to
drive the band but boss man Mike Challinor on banjo and guitar and
bassist Richard Vernon show how it's done.
This band may be small in numbers but it's big in dynamism. Not to be
AGM followed by Matt Palmer's Bee Keeper Five
Annual General Meeting followed at 1pm by a lunchtime session by Matt Palmer's Beekeeper Five. Members only for the AGM but all are welcome for the music afterwards on payment of £5.
Doc Houlind's New Orleans Revival All Stars
To book a continental band for one of our club dates requires a certain amount of luck and when the band in question is the Doc Houlind band we are doubly lucky. It's 18 months since they were last here but who could forget the real New Orleans sound from this comparatively young group of musicians, the gruff vocals from the Doc and, in particular, the superb clarinet playing of Jesper Capion Larsen. The personnel should be the same as last time with drummer turned trumpeter Doc Houlind and Peter Goetz on trombone completing the front line. It's always nice to have a keyboard in the band, Lis Kroyer in this case, and with banjoist Ebbe Kjærsgård, bassist Holden Fogh and Didier Geers on drums they have a swinging rhythm section.
They'll be visiting 14 UK clubs in 14 days and ours is the sixth so let's welcome them and show them we have the best of the lot!
John Burgess Memories of Alex Welsh
John Burgess is no stranger to our club having been here several times with bands of his own and fronting other groups. This time he has put together an absolutely outstanding band to play in the style of Alex Welsh; if any band could be described as "All Stars" this is it. With John on reeds and vocals are Enrico Tomasso on trumpet (remember that great session at our pig roast?) and the legendary Roy Williams on trombone who spent twelve years with Alex Welsh. Who could know that style better? What is then needed is a rhythm section of similar quality to back up the front line and John has got it. Tom Kincaid, that most imaginative of jazz pianists is the link man with Tony Pitt (who also played with Alex Welsh) on banjo and guitar, Bill Coleman on bass and young Jack Cotterill on drums. If there is one band not to be missed this year, this has to be it. Get there early before we run out of seats.
Mike Owen's Scarlette Serenaders
We are having a lunchtime special, repeating one last October, featuring Mike Owen's Scarlette Serenaders. With Mike on trombone is Sarah Spencer, a gifted reed player and blues singer with huge experience playing in America. She plays the full range of reeds from clarinet to baritone sax. Here is a front line with a style influenced by playing in New Orleans. Behind them will be a rhythm section well known in Nottingham, Brian Mellor on banjo and guitar,Brian Lawrence on bass and Baby Jools on drums. Named after Mike's daughter the Scarlette Serenaders will help the lunch go down, an absolute bargain at £5.
Richard Leach's 7 Stars of Jazz
Richard Leach must know the East Midlands jazz circuit by heart as he is a regular visitor both with his own bands and with others. He is proof that you don't need to be big in stature to be big in popularity. This time he brings his full band in the shape of his 7 Stars of Jazz which now makes three consecutive sessions with the extra delight of a keyboard. It will also be the second session in a row to give us the Alex Welsh sound. Last time the 7 Stars came to the club, Gordon Whitworth had the trumpet chair but this time another frequent and welcome visitor, Gary Wood leads; Chris Pearce on reeds and Richard on trombone complete the front line as usual. Ian Riley, a new name to us, is the pianist together with the usual suspects, Ian Parry on banjo and guitar, John fellows on bass and Big Graham Smith (another regular) on drums.
A happy evening is in store.
The Barnhart/Huxley Hot Five
For the first of his two visits to Nottingham this year, Jeff Barnhart is teaming up with George Huxley and Matt Palmer to make up his Hot Five which made such an impact last year. Jeff's wit and charm, not to mention his delightful piano playing are well known from his many years of visiting Nottingham. Matt and George have played their Soprano Summit style on many occasions showing how musically satisfying two reed harmonising can be. And where would Jeff be without that most reliable of classic jazz drummers, Nick Ward. To cap it all we will have the pleasure of hearing Jeff's wife, Anne, playing that most unusual jazz instrument, the flute. Altogether the promise of a most interesting and musical jazz evening with lots of laughs thrown in.
Barry Palser's Super Savoy Six
Amazingly it's over three years since Barry Palser brought his Savoy Six to Nottingham when he entertained us during our 2013 annual dinner. And a right cracking evening that was too. After getting on for 60 years leading his own band, Barry hasn't anything to prove about giving the jazz public what they want and we are in for a memorable evening. The personnel has changed a bit since his last visit with Pete Rudeforth coming in the trumpet chair instead of Gary Wood. Our old friend John Crocker will handle the reeds and with Barry, that makes up the front line. The ubiquitous Jim Douglas is on banjo and with luck will give us one of his special guitar solos Finally, Alan Morgan on bass and John Tyson on drums will drive the whole outfit. Satisfaction guaranteed!
Savannah Jazz Band
The trouble with having a visit from such a good band year after year is that there is nothing new to say, especially when there is no change in personnel.
This has to be the most popular, the most reliable and the most satisfying band we book, which is why it's an annual event. With its driving rhythm section led by drummer/leader Johm Meehan and supported by Chris Marney on banjo and Tony Pollitt on the mini bass, this band rocks. Brian "Sam" Elllis on trombone and occasionally on keyboard is the music arranger for the band, Roger Myerscough has the reeds chair although we rarely hear his baritone sax these days and Bill Smith leads from the front on trumpet, occasional harmonica and vocals. You know what to expect so come and enjoy a cracking evening.
Eagle Jazz Band