GEORGE ‘KID’ TIDIMAN’S ALL STARS’ returned to play for us on Friday, 17th April 2015 at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB. The stars with George were DENNY ILETT on trumpet, TIM HUSKISSON on clarinet, ‘SOUTHEND BOB’ ALLBUT on banjo, JOHN SIRETT on double bass and BILL FINCH on drums. It was another evening of tons of fun and wonderful music. Our ‘Kid’ was on true form, with his jokes, great trombone playing and singing, he is top notch.
But then they are all top notch. Not their first number, but they played ‘Maybe It’s Because I’m a Londoner’, I’m sure because it will be St. George’s Day on Thursday). Bob sang it, plus I’m not sure how, but believe me, George seemed to make his trombone sound like it had a cockney accent – ha!
‘Perdido Street Blues’ came next and what can anyone say about Denny, magnificent and ‘WOW’. Fabulous clarinet from Tim too (who was also fabulous on piano last week because he is another talented musician too!). George practiced his tonsils on ‘A Kiss to Build a Dream on’, such a lovely song George. Then Bob, also with his super jazz voice, sang ‘I Thank You Mr Moon’. What followed on was so exciting, a Louis Armstrong number, ‘Hotter Than That’ (written by Louis’ wife, Lil Hardin). They all played brilliantly, with obviously Denny excelling himself (it’s a number I shall ask them to play again when they are next here – 31st July). Then as if it couldn’t get any better, Denny followed on with an amazing solo intro to ‘Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans’. What a marvellous engine with John, Bill and ‘Southend Bob’ too, with George singing.
I was asked to request the next number of Bob’s (having written some of his own versions to this Barry Louis Salisar number) ‘I Wanna Be a Dog’. If you haven’t heard it before, you will love it and laugh so much (belly laughs I mean). Now to complete my newsletter for this week, unfortunately, I only wrote notes about one other number because I was either dancing, or talking to new people. However, this last number ‘Bad Penny Blues’ was chosen to do a line-dance to (the line is growing with each week now). Everyone played their socks off, Tim on piano (oh all of them,
but paying particular mention to Denny who performed a tremendous solo, playing just on his mouth piece. I know other trumpeters have done the same, but Denny – well he was mind-blowing, because the number is such a fast number and Denny didn’t stop. I think you must realise that I think he is a little special? See how important it is to support ‘live’ jazz, if you weren’t in the club this week, what a shame, because you missed so much! Oh well, be there next time aye! We wont be here for ever, so support us now!
Diane and Keith
P.S. You must type in ‘George Tidiman’s All Stars, 6/09/2013′ in our ‘search’ box. I have just read it myself. It was my first newsletter, after obtaining my new laptop. You may recall my computer was nobbled by a virus, so no newsletters for probably a year. Keith & I have just enjoyed ourselves, being taken back to that day in September, as if it was a couple of months ago. I’m sure you will enjoy it too.