TONY PITT’S ALL STARS appeared FRIDAY, 29th MAY 2015 here at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB. Oh well done Tony, for getting the following stars, ‘cos they were brilliant. We had DENNY ILETT on trumpet, AL NICHOLS on reeds, DAVE HEWITT on trombone& baritone horn, ANDY LAWRENCE on double bass, JOHN ELLMER on drums (well percussion) and of course, Toeknee himself on banjo. What a session. We, of course, had a great turn-out, so a fantastic evening to report.
My first number to mention is ‘Hello Central, Give me Doctor Jazz’ sung by Tony, not sure I have heard him sing before, what a great voice. Next came ‘Travelling Blues’, certainly a one to mention, it was absolutely fabulous – brilliantly played by all of them.
Denny sang next ‘I’d Like to Get You on a Slow Boat to China’, which brought out the dancers in full. Then he sang ‘Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good To You’, another great favourite.
This brings me to mention Al’s brilliant feature on tenor sax with ‘Avalon’. He was backed by some pretty wonderful solos from each of the engine boys – excellent banjo, excellent double bass and excellent drums.
Another feature tune was from Dave with ‘Some of These Days’. For this he played the baritone horn, what a star he is. We all got up to dance our (Charleston) line dance to ‘You Always Hurt The One You Love’, great fun for us dancers. The last number to mention was superb. They all played with so much oomph. The number was ‘Blue, Turning Grey Over You’. What a heart-thumping evening we all had, everyone was thrilled and left with huge ‘Cheshire cat grins’ on our faces. You can look forward to them returning for Keith’s second birthday celebration on 15th August 2015 (no presents please, just pay to come in – £10).
Di and Keith
P.S. So sorry to be dreadfully behind with newsletters AND photos – they will be downloaded in due course, I promise – Di.