GOLDEN EAGLE JAZZ BAND were back by popular demand last Friday 12th December 2014 at our Farnborough Jazz Club The band consists of leader, KEVIN SCOTT on tenor banjo, with MIKE SCROXTON on trumpet, ALAN CRESSWELL on clarinet, ROY STOKES on trombone & vocals, MIKE BROAD on double bass and PETE JACKMAN on drums.
Golden Eagle Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent, UK, on 12th December 2014. Leader KEVIN SCOTT (tnr banjo&vocs), MIKE SCROXTON (trmp), ALAN CRESSWELL (cl), ROY STOKES (trmb&vocs), MIKE BROAD (dbass) and PETE JACKMAN (drms). Photo by Mike Witt.
The poor things arrived to face a stressed out ‘Di’. I had been ‘through the mill’, so to speak (and nothing to do with Christmas), so they had a bad start, but it certainly did not phase these boys at all. They all have such a wonderful sense of humour, so it wasn’t long before they had me laughing. Once again, the evening was a happy one and great music ensued. ‘Calcutta (The Ladies of)’ was their starter for ten. Then ‘Tin Roof Blues’, with each of them performing fabulous solos. Obviously, they made a lovely job with ‘Chimes Blues’ – just a super one to enjoy dancing-wise too.
Golden Eagle Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club on 12th December 2014. ROY STOKES (trmb&vocs), MIKE SCROXTON (trmp) and PETE JACKMAN (drms). Photo by Mike Witt.
Mike (S) sang the next one, ‘Barefoot Boy’ (yes, another super voice). This band are a ‘sitting’ band. However, the front line all stood for finale for the next number (which as I have said before, is quite effective) and the number was ‘Bye Bye Blues’. After a small break, they returned to play a lovely Jimmy Dorsey number, ‘June Night’. They have made a CD entitled by this name. Kevin sang the next number, ‘Winin’ Boy’, likewise ‘Redwing’ and of course he also has a great jazz voice. The next number, well I thought he called it ‘Make Me a Parrot on the Floor’! I took ages on the internet, but couldn’t find any song near it!! However, I’m glad to say I suddenly thought “floor” and came up with “pallet” and yes, up came the song ‘Make Me A Pallet on the Floor’ – ha.
Kevin Scott, tenor banjo. leader of Golden Eagle Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent, UK, on 12th December 2014. Photo by Mike Witt.
Certainly another unique number for us and one the dancers enjoyed. Unfortunately, there was a problem with someone with parking and I missed most of the last numbers (usually when all bands are really enjoying themselves and let rip), still can’t be helped. They will be back in the New Year, so make a note of the date (20th February 2015).
Golden Eagle Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent, UK, on 12th December 2014. MIKE BROAD (d.bass) and PETE JACKMAN (drums). Photo by Mike Witt.
Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent, UK with Golden Eagle Jazz Band on 12th December 2014. Di’s line-dancng Troupe with (front, LtoR) Rita, Susan & Ann (back) Paul, Christine and Diane. Photo by Mike Witt,
Roy Stokes (trmb&vocs) with Golden Eagle Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent, UK on 12th December 2014. Photo by Mike Witt.
One last thing, please can you all email firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to come to our Christmas party next Friday 19th December 2014. Entrance is £15 with buffet and entertainment by ‘George Tidiman’s All Stars Christmas Cracker’.
Diane and Keith
P.S. Sorry, still no land-line (Tel: 07704190009).
‘Barefoot Boy’ – John Boylan (1967)
‘Bye Bye Blues – Fred Hamm, Dave Bennett, Bert Lown & Chauncey Gray (1925)
‘Chimes Blues’ – (m) Jo “King” Oliver (1923)
‘June Night’ – (m) Abel Baer, (l) Cliff Friend (1924)
‘Make Me A Pallet on the Floor’ – traditional, (published 1911)
‘Red Wing’ – (m) Kerry Mills, (l) Thurland Chattaway (1907)
‘Calcutta’ – (m) Heino Gaze, (l) Paul Vance & Lee J. Pockriss (1958)
‘Tin Roof Blues’ – George Brunies, Paul Mares, Ben Pollack, Leon Roppolo & Mel Stitzel, (l) Walter Melrose (1923)
‘Winin’ Boy’ – Jelly Roll Morton (1907)