Jubilee Jazz Band, Friday, 14th March 2014

We had the JUBILEE JAZZ BAND on Friday,14th March 2014 here at our Farnborough Jazz Club.   The guys in the band were KEN REESE (trumpet), BARRY PALSER (trombone), JOHN LEE (reeds), HUGH CROZIER (piano), GERRY INGRAMS (double bass), LYNN SAUNDERS (banjo) and DOUG HIGGINS (drums).   Hooray, the sun has come out and the rain has stopped, thank goodness.  Lovely to see the spring flowers out.  Wow, just think, it won’t be long before we have the hose pipe ban!  We enjoyed some great fun last Friday, particularly with Barry, who has a great sense of humour (even though he’s a Northerner – well, north of the Thames and he can’t help that, can he).  The tunes I picked to tell you about are not necessarily the best ones played, just those I managed to jot down.  Their repertoire began with ‘It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie’ and of course Barry sang it.  The next one John played clarinet, which sounded wonderful when they played ‘Mama’s Gone – Goodbye’, a great number.  ‘Blue, Turning Grey Over You’ was another lovely tune, to which John changed to playing tenor sax.  Then came an Earl Hines jazz favourite called ‘Rosetta’.  Hugh sang this one, with John still on tenor and both Ken and Barry playing with mutes.  They followed on with that beautiful Gershwin brothers number, called ‘S’Wonderful’.  The whole band were brilliant, especially some fabulous trumpet sounds from Ken.  ‘Is it True What They Say About’ brought on the line-dancing with 9 or 10 of us, all having a laugh.  I loved the next Cole Porter number called ‘Miss Otis Regrets’, Hugh sang it with John using again tenor.   There were a couple of requests to follow on.  One from Mike, called ‘Avalon’, again sung by Hugh, with plenty of dancing.  But the next number (requested by Gordon) brought practically everyone onto the dance floor and most singing along with Hugh.  This number was ‘Love Letters in the Sand’ (Pat Boone’s 5wk hit at No. 1 in 1957!)  Their closing signature tune was ‘I’ll See You in My Dreams’ sang by Barry ending the evening, once again a happy one.  So why not promise yourselves a treat, turn up and have a good time next Friday, with Laurie Chescoe’s Reunion Jazz Band.

Please support us and keep jazz ‘live’.

Diane and Keith

‘Avalon’ – (m&l) Al Jolson, Vincent Rose & Buddy DeSylva (1920)
‘Blue, Turning Grey Over You’ – (m) Fats Waller, (l) Andy Razaf (1929)
‘I’ll See You In My Dreams’ – (m) Isham Jones, (l) Gus Kahn (1924)
‘Is it True What They Say About Dixie’ – (m) Sammy Lerner, (l) Irving Caesar (1936)
‘It’s A Sin to Tell a Lie’ – Billy Mayhew (1936)
‘Love Letters in the Sand’ – (m) J Fred Coots, (l) Nick & Charles Kenny (1931)
‘Mama’s Gone, Goodbye’ – A J Piron & Peter Bocage (1924)
‘Miss Otis Regrets’ – Cole Porter (1934)
‘Rosetta’ – (m) Earl Hines, (l) Henri Woode (1933)
‘S Wonderful’ – (m) George Gershwin, (l) Ira Gershwin (1927)