Tuesday, 27th March, 2018
CLENSHAW & CLIFF MASON,
trombones, with resident trio of Hilary Cameron, keys, Ted Simkins,
bass and Dave Grant, kit.
Clenshaw is no stranger to the Club having guested on several
occasions and has a wealth of experience from playing alongside
noted legends on the jazz scene. His music career started in the
world of brass bands that progressed through to playing with bands
both mainstream and traditional with such jazz legends as Humphrey
Littleton, Freddie Randall, Bruce Adams and Mike Cotton.
Mason also began his musical
career in the world of brass bands before being introduced to the
Turner Band in 1987
immediately taking to jazz like a duck to water. He still continues
to lead the trombone section of the Ken Turner Band and is also a
member of the Shades of Swing Big Band.
With these two trombone exponents we look forward to listening to an
evening of favourite trombone tunes and I would be surprised if such
tunes, as Caravan, Mood Indigo, Harlem Nocturne, Moonglow, Moonlight
Serenade, and In a Mellow Tone, were not subjected to some special
IT'S GOTTA BE SWING featuring
AL NICHOLLS, tenor sax and ANDY
DICKENS, tpt/flugelhorn with resident trio of Hilary Cameron, keys,
Ted Simkins, bass and Dave Grant, kit.
welcome return to the Club by Al Nicholls this time with his long
time cohort, Andy Dickens. Al needs little introduction other than
to say his busy gigging schedule with Blue Harlem and T.J.Johnson
Quintet keeps him fully occupied and to the fore in the music world.
His playing style is similar to that of the 40's and 50's swinging
tenors with that laid back effortless style that can be heard on his
CD 'That Swing Thing' with his trio.
first time visit for Andy Dickens a freelance jazz musician who also
has a penchant for the occasional vocal and plays all the jazz
genres you can wish for. His lively style of playing has given him
the opportunity to frequently guest at European Jazz Festivals where
he had the experience of playing with such legends as Ken Peplowski,
Humphrey Littleton and Slim Gaillard and many others. Often featured
with other bands his tunes, off beat observations and typically wry
presentation result in an evening that is entertaining and draws
from the finest traditions of jazz.
Tuesday, 29th May,
THE MANCINI MAGIC featuring
PAUL HIGGS, trumpet, and
JOHN WITHERS, kit
with resident duo of Hilary Cameron, keys and Ted Simkins, bass.
Higgs needs no introduction being a regular visitor to the Club in a
variety of guises this multi-instrumentalist performs across the
country. Currently touring with the Chris Ingham Quartet which is
receiving critic's acclaim wherever they appear. In
addition he tours with his own shows such as 'Shades of Miles',
History of Jazz' and the award winning 'Pavanne', a masterpiece of
the blend of jazz and classical music. However on this
occasion he will be enlightening you to his masterful trumpet skills
by bringing you his interpretations of Henry Mancini outstanding
is another regular visitor and an outstanding master percussionist
whether on drums or vibraphone whatever the musical group and which
he as for a variety of groups for many years. Tonight he will be in
his element punctuating the beat for those fabulous Henry Mancini
compositions that Paul will have arranged that may probably include
such memorable tunes as Pink Panther, Days of Wine and Roses,
Charade, Snowfall or even Two for the Road but who knows, just
sit back and listen to a wonderful evening of jazz.
Tuesday, 26th June, 2018
IT'S DIXIE TIME
keyboard, and JIM DOUGLAS,
guitar, with resident duo of Ted Simkins, bass, and Dave Grant, kit.
an amazing self-taught pianist and clarinetist, became inspired with
jazz after hearing it first on 78rpm records, now who remembers
those! Well, Tim is a collector of such and has an excellent
collection of early recordings. His musical career blossomed after
encouragement from Digby Fairweather who introduced him to his 'All
Stars' but then moved on to accompanying well-known entertainers
until 1989 when he became MD for Brian Conley, with theatre tours
across the country that included the London Palladium and Royal
Albert Hall. Latterly he has dedicated himself to the music that
inspired him and keeping it live on the jazz circuit.
formed his first band at school, initially in the skiffle genre, but by fifteen had acquired
a guitar and banjo and with his clarinetist friend Pete Kerr, formed
the 'H.idden Town Dixielanders'. An engagement in Germany required
them to turn professional and they changed their name to 'Capital
Jazz'. Jim played with the highly successful 'Clyde Valley
Stompers', that sadly broke up, leaving him only playing occasional
gigs with the renowned 'Alex Welsh Band'.
He officially joined them in 1964, and remained a stalwart for
eighteen years up until the death of Alex Welsh.