Only one week to go before the eagerly awaited ‘high light’ concert at Doncaster Con Club, which uniquely brings together three established generations of saxophone titans together on stage, accompanied by The Nicola Farnon Quartet, providing the superb rhythm section at the major event in the Donny Jazz calender.
The three giants spanning the generation gap are Bobby Wellins (renowned for his seminal part in the ground breaking Under Milk Wood Suite album with The Stan Tracey Quartet and who was voted Best Musician in the current Parliamentary Jazz Awards), multi-award winning ALan Barnses, a regular visitor to Doncaster-notably with Humph’s Band at the Civic Theatre, with fellow sax man John Barnes at the Rockingham, ‘Crazy Rhythm’ at The Northern Jazz Centre and teamed with trumpet star Bruce Adams and Nicola Farnon Quartet at the Con Club), with local ‘young lion’ Nadim Teimoori currently at The Royal Academy of Music, who can proudly count performances at Ronnie Scott’s/Chelsea’s 606 Club, in the presence of the Queen with NYJO with the Dankworths at Wavendon, and will be involved in this year’s Proms again with NYJO among his ever increasing list of accolades.
The Nicola Farnon Quartet comprises of the ebullient Miss Farnon herself on double bass and vocals, Piero Tucci piano and perhaps a fourth sax on some numbers, Chris Walker guitar, and Phil Johnson drums.
The concert is jointly presented by Jazz into Doncaster and John Sheppard—of the former NCB Lodge Jazz Club—and takes place on Thursday June 14 starting at 8.30pm. Advance tickets can be purchased at £9 each from The Blue Building, 38-40 High Street, Doncaster DN1 1DE (01302) 734309 or £10 at the door subject to availability on the night. Make certain to reserve yours tickets to avoid disappointment.
Not without it’s hiccups electricity power supply problems and an unfortunate misunderstanding resulting in The Nervous Triggermen playing a Saturday evening session at the Mason’s instead of afternoon among others, the recent Doncaster Markets Jazz Day went well, with all performers, jazz fans, market shoppers and stall holders seemingly enjoying the sparkling event. Thanks to the worthy efforts of The Blues Connection/Swingamathing/Winston’s Pennine Jazz the youthful Tradtastic roving jazz band—who enlivened shopping around so many aisles and stalls in great style) and blues harmonica man John McKevitt, who blended so well with Winston’s Pennine Jazz. Thanks also to Val Constantine and The Markets and Events Team for instigating the event and increasing the enjoyment of shoppers in Donny’ Market so much. Here’s to the next time.
Note worthy diary dates include, The Dickie Emmerson Duo plus guest vocalists usually including Sue Fisher, Bob Quinn, Eddie Kell, and Johnnny Noble at The Con Club Monday June 11 at 8.30pm, admission £3.50 at door. Philip Clouts Quartet at The Little Theatre -Friday June 1 at 8.pm, tickets £10/£8 £6 for 14 to 18 years. Pianist Philip Clouts career has included playing at Ronnie Scott’s, Symphony Hall, Glastonbury and Womad Festivals, and features Carlos-Lopez Real saxes, Alex Keen, double bass and Jon Desbrulais drums, Box office: (01302) 340422. Kenny Ball Jazzmen in concert at Doncaster Civic Theatre Thursday June 21 at 7.30pm tickets £19/£17.50 concessions, box office (01302) 342349.. Cleethorpes Jazz Festival June 29, 30 & July 1 at Memorial Hall, Cleethorpes DN35 8AH tel. (01472)-873730/323111/(01507) 607677 www.grimsbyjazz.com Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival July 6, 7, 8, (01262) 490 324 for tickets and more information.
Sheffield Jazz presents The Martin Speake Trio at The Greystones , Greystones Road, Sheffield S11 7BS on Friday, June 8 0114266-5599, www.sheffieldjazz.org.uk Barnsley Jazz presents: The Old Fashioned Love Band Monday June 11 and Jeff Milner’s New Orleans Jazz Band Monday June 18: (01226) 281805/290105 at The Fairway Hotel S75 4LS.