STORYVILLE JASSBAND from Holland gave us a wonderful evening on 28th August 2015 at our Farnborough Jazz Club. Last time they were here, they ‘brought the house down’. That was back in April 2013. This Friday, was every bit as good. Their leader and cornet player then, was Ruud Nieuwenhuijzen. Unfortunately he is ill with ALS and is unable to play with the band from now on. This brilliant optimist, his wife Paula and two friends were at the gig, to support the band. Ruud is a fantastic man and replaced himself – most would have done so with a lesser player – ha, but not him – he found a great cornet player, namely PETER VAN DE GEIJN. Peter was joined by HENK VAN DE VEN on clarinet, PETER DOBBE on trombone, vocals & guitar, BERRY SCHUURING on drums, HEIN VAN ROOIJEN on double bass and HENK VAN MULLIGEN on banjo & guitar.
It certainly was another top quality treat for you. I was having such a great time myself, so again I had trouble writing my notes – but here goes. My first note is of the Gershwin boys number, ‘The Man I Love’, featuring Peter (D) on trombone – fabulous.
Followed on with another feature for Henk on clarinet, called ‘Summer Set’ (the number Acker Bilk wrote for his daughter). Next, I jotted down Henk’s performance of Django Reinhardt’s ‘Nuage’, a hard act to follow, but Peter (D) managed easily, singing ‘Doin’ the New Low-Down’, vocally backed by all of them (what singing – great). ‘Why Should I Hesitate’ was brilliant with Peter (Van D.G) playing Louis Armstrong style, plus Peter (D) again singing – what a lovely number. We enjoyed our Charleston-style line-dance when they played ‘St. Philip Street Breakdown’.
Then we had a real treat watching a lovely couple (Jane and Alan) who are fantastic dancers, visiting from the Hastings 1066 Jazz club. They danced to the band’s brilliant performance of ‘Running Wild’. Berry gave a super drum solo (yes, Jane and Alan kept up with him too). Their last number was spectacular as it involved three numbers in one! (I had a hard job writing the names down as was busy dancing, but Ruud has since helped me with them). The first piece was ‘Joseph, Joseph’ (with Henk Ven leading on clarinet), the second piece was Edith Piaf’s ‘Padam padam’ and third piece was Kenny Ball’s ‘I Still Love You All’. Very impressive and certainly completed a fabulous evening with a great bunch of guys from Holland. We hope they will be back to us another year. Meanwhile, our very best wishes and love go to Ruud and Paula. ‘Keep your peckers up’.
Diane and Keith