PHOENIX DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND gave us a terrific time here at Farnborough Jazz Club on Friday 11th March 2016.
They’re a wonderful 7-pce band who certainly know how to enjoy themselves and so always ensures we do too – a brilliant evening. We had the usual musicians, PAUL HIGGS on trumpet, CHARLES SHERWOOD on clarinet, BILL TODD on trombone, ALAN CLARKE on drums, DAVE BARNES on piano, ROGER CURPHEY on double bass and JOHN STUART on banjo & guitar. Robin and Pauline were in the audience and I know he was really proud of his band.
Their repertoire had such numbers as ‘Pennies From Heaven’ sung by Dave. [This Bing Crosbie number has an historic ‘first’, being recorded twice by Frank Sinatra and has been recorded by dozens of top stars since 1936, until present day!] Paul gave a fabulous rendition of ‘Cornet Chop Suet’ – great finger-tapping from Dave on piano too. Of course the same happened with ‘Big Butter and Egg Man’ – everyone excelled.
Then John played a super guitar solo in ‘You Took Advantage of Me’, a lovely Rosemary Clooney number. And what about ‘South Rampart Street Parade’, brilliant – we (nine of us – not bad considering several of our usual people were away at jazz festivals) got up for a line-dance. Quite a fast number for us, especially with Alan’s drum solo, and the number lasted a long time too! Phew.
Now the next number had a wonderful intro from Paul and Dave to one of the most beautiful of songs ’Stardust’. Charles played a lovely bit of sax, as did Bill on trombone and John on guitar. I love the calypso, played next ‘On a Coconut Island’, it’s a lovely one to dance to. They also played John Williams’ ‘Cantina Band’, played last time they were here and I requested they play it again. Last time it had a Charleston thread, this time with a ‘Black Bottom’ thread (if I know what I mean – ha).
My last number to mention was played by the ‘engine’ only, very impressive and that was ‘Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone’. There were many great numbers and this all made up for a marvellous evening. I told you they could follow on from the fantastic evening produced the week before – thanks boys for another exciting evening of ‘Live’ jazz.
Diane and Keith